The following article comes from the desk of State Representative Emily McAsey:
With the Legislature’s spring session beginning in less than two months, state Rep. Emily McAsey is encouraging local residents to share their ideas for new legislation with her.
“I value the openness and accessibility I have worked to maintain with constituents and I listen carefully to their views and concerns,” McAsey said. “Many of the ideas I receive from the conversations we have result in legislation I sponsor in Springfield.”
McAsey encourages constituents who have ideas about how to improve a current law or area of state government or address a state or regional issue to submit their ideas and make their voices heard. Illinois faces many challenges that will have to be addressed in the upcoming legislative session, and McAsey wants to give residents an opportunity to suggest solutions to both local and state issues.
One idea that local constituents shared with McAsey is giving school boards the ability to exempt students with disabilities from physical education if they participate in an adaptive sport outside of school. Another idea, aimed at protecting drivers from potentially dangerous persons posing as police or other emergency workers, prohibits non-emergency vehicles from using flashing lights. Earlier this year, McAsey turned both ideas into legislation and passed them into law.
“Illinois continues to deal with a variety of complex issues,” McAsey said. “The best way to solve these problems is by having those who confront them on a daily basis included in the process.”
For more information, please contact McAsey’s full-time constituent service office at 815-372-0085.