February 28th, 2013:

  • Reforming Economic Development in Illinois

  • Keeping My Pension Promise

  • Progress on Concealed Carry

  • Marking Black History Month

  • In The District

Read more: Newsletter - 02-28-13

Firearms Working GrouprSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Macoupin County Sheriff Don Albrecht and Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider to speak during last week’s Firearms Working Group meeting hosted by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

“It’s important for members to understand the impact that concealed carry and other firearm proposals have on local sheriff and police forces,” Manar said.

Both Albrecht and Schneider spoke about their counties’ process for dealing with FOID card requests and offered suggestions on provisions they would like to see in a concealed-carry proposal.

Read more: Manar invites local sheriffs to speak about firearms

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined other downstate lawmakers in signing on as a co-sponsor to the Family and Personal Protection Act, Senate Bill 1284 – a bill that would allow licensed residents to carry a handgun on them or in their vehicle.

Both Democratic and Republican senators have joined together to help push for the passage of SB 1284.  

Illinois is the only state that does not have some form of concealed carry. However, that is subject to change following the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in December that the state’s ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers 180 days to pass a concealed-carry bill.

Read more: Senator Manar co-sponsors concealed-carry legislation

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) voted against granting Gov. Quinn an extension on the state-mandated deadline to submit a fiscal year 2014 budget. This is the fourth time in as many years that the governor has requested more time to submit the spending plan to the General Assembly.

“By yet again extending the date in which the governor is responsible for submitting his budget proposal to the Legislature, Quinn is sending the message that we aren’t serious about addressing the state’s budget concerns. That’s the wrong message to send taxpayers who expect us to begin solving fiscal problems,” Manar said.  

In years past, Quinn has cited various reasons for a needing an extension, including changes in his budget staff, dealing with Blagojevich’s impeachment and refocusing after a contested primary.

Read more: Manar votes to deny Quinn extension on budget address

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