Gas Tax Presser 3SPRINGFIELD – State grants would be provided to prevent DUI offenses and support victims involved in DUI-related crashes under new legislation passed by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

Senate Bill 728 creates the DUI Prevention and Education Fund from which grants will be distributed to crash victim programs and materials, impaired driving prevention programs, law enforcement support and other DUI-related programs.

“We’re committed in Springfield to doing whatever we can to cut down on drunk driving and keep people safe,” Sandoval said. “This new law is a step in that direction and it’s my hope that this will lead to safer travel in our state.”

Funding for these grants will come from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s currently unused Roadside Memorial Fund. No additional revenue will be raised to pay for the program.

The measure comes into effect January 1, 2020.

Ill. State TrooperCICERO— Senate Transportation Chairman, Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) championed a new law to protect police and first responders on Illinois’ roadways. Sandoval’s measure, Senate Bill 1862, institutes stronger regulations to prevent senseless tragedies.

“Our officers put their lives on the line every day to keep communities across Illinois safe,” Sandoval said. “We can’t bring back the brave heroes we have lost this year, but we can work to ensure this does not happen to another fellow officer. This new law will help protect the people who work tirelessly to make our state a better place.”

Senate Bill 1862 takes the following steps to strengthen Scott’s Law:

  • Increases the minimum fine for a Scott’s Law violation without damage or injury from $100 to $500
  • Makes a Scott’s Law violation that results in damage to a vehicle a Class A Misdemeanor
  • A violation that results in injury or death would be a Class 4 Felony
  • Increases the penalty for a reckless homicide conviction based on a violation of Scott’s Law that results in the death of a firefighter or emergency medical services personnel to a Class 2 felony from a Class 3 felony

The number of troopers hit by vehicles has drastically increased this year, with Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story, and Gerald Ellis killed in the line of duty while their patrol vehicles were stalled on the side of the road. Sandoval believes this new law will reinforce the state’s commitment to support Illinois law enforcement and emergency responders.

“This new law will educate drivers and reinforce responsible driving practices,” Sandoval said. “It’s vital that we stay alert while driving. One wrong move can cost lives.”

Senate Bill 1862 passed the General Assembly with unanimous support. The new law was signed on Tuesday and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Sandoval and PritzkerSPRINGFIELD – Billions of dollars in funding will be released for construction projects across the state under a bipartisan package of bills approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker.

The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three month negotiation process led by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), who co-chaired a subcommittee that traveled the state this spring to learn about local infrastructure needs and potential revenue sources to pay for them.

“We spent months traveling this state and learned more than I thought possible about the infrastructure needs in various communities,” Sandoval said. “The result is a comprehensive package that takes into account the testimony we heard and fairly invests in communities in every corner of the state.”

The construction plan is Illinois’ first in a decade. Since the last statewide construction plan in 2009, the condition of the state’s roads, bridges and public buildings have degraded, causing AAA to give Illinois’s infrastructure a grade of D.

“We’ve seen clear examples around our state about how badly we needed this investment from the closure of Lakeshore Drive in Chicago to a pothole described as a ‘full-depth failure of the roadway’ in Cahokia,” Sandoval said. “It became clear that we couldn’t kick the can down the road any further. We needed significant investment and we needed it immediately.”

The plan includes a modernization of Illinois’ motor fuel tax, which has not seen an update since 1990. The motor fuel tax will also be indexed to inflation to ensure that the state will have a sustainable revenue source to maintain its roads and bridges far into the future.

“Unlike the capital plans we’ve developed in the past, this proposal is sustainable,” Sandoval said. “We’re not going to put ourselves in the position again where we have to wait ten years to address dire problems that put people’s lives at risk.”

In addition to the improvements to Illinois’ public infrastructure, the program is also projected to bring over 500,000 new jobs to the state.

“This isn’t just a construction plan, this is an economic stimulus,” Sandoval said. “As a result of this legislation, Illinoisans will see new jobs and contracting opportunities and millions invested in their communities. This plan is a win for our state and I’m proud to have helped bring it to fruition.”

­Last day of sessionSPRINGFIELD – Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Thursday following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to bar a question about citizenship from the 2020 census:

“It’s been clear from the start that a citizenship question is a blatant attempt to diminish the political power of immigrant and Latino communities. An accurate count means accurate representation in government, and if this question is allowed on the 2020 census, many of the communities I represent be left without a voice.

“Today’s decision is a major win against yet another racist policy the Trump administration developed to further divide our nation, and, as the son of immigrants myself, I’m committed to continuing to fight against these policies and protecting those who come to Illinois in search of a better life.”

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