Share Your view on legislation
Bills go through a long process to become law. Often they are amended as more information is learned and more stakeholders weigh in. Whether or not I am sponsor of a bill, information from those who will be affected is at the heart of my decision of whether to proceed in support or opposition to legislation.
Do you support or oppose a specific bill or act in the state legislature? Fill out the Constituent Stance on Legislation form to let me know!
You can research the current status of bills at ilga.gov.
You can record your position OFFICIALLY for a hearing by filing a witness slip when the bill has been assigned to a committee. You can find good instructions and FAQ on witness slip filing at the ACLU. The best tutorial I’ve seen is from the office of Rep Barbara Hernandez, my colleague to the south. They have posted a wonderful tutorial and video on filing witness slips on her website.
Witness slips are tied to committee hearings and can only be filed when the bill is assigned to a committee and if that committee has a hearing. They represent your stance as if you were going to that committee hearing to make your position known, either as a ‘record of appearance’, or with oral or written testimony.