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DANVILLE – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) applauded the signing of legislation aimed to protect Illinois communities from toxic coal ash pollution, ensuring only trained employees work on coal ash removal projects.

“Coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal in a power plant, is extremely dangerous and can leave a lasting impact on the environment, even after a plant has closed,” Bennett said. “I thank Governor Pritzker for signing this legislation to reduce coal’s toxic footprint in Illinois.”

Bennett introduced the legislation to establish training standards for workers constructing, installing, modifying or closing Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) surface impediments, otherwise known as coal ash pits.

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bennett id 050421DANVILLE – Students will soon have access to contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line on their student identification cards under a new law sponsored by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

“Early intervention is key to saving lives, and having lifesaving numbers conveniently listed on the back of an ID card can mean the difference between life and death for a student who is struggling,” Bennett said. “This is a simple step that will keep mental health resources close at hand for our youth.”

The legislation, an initiative of the Illinois Education Association, would require the contact information for national crisis hotlines specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide to be printed on identification badges issued to public middle and high school students in Illinois. School districts that do not issue student IDs would instead be required to publish the information on their websites.

“A 24/7 hotline can be a lifeline for children and their families,” Bennett said. “Starting next school year, students will be able to connect with a support worker immediately in a time of need.”

The legislation was signed into law Friday and takes effect today.

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CHAMPAIGN – A new law sponsored by Senate Higher Education Chair Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) will improve the Illinois Higher Education Savings Program and ultimately help children and families build a meaningful college savings fund.

“For most families, paying for college is not as simple as writing a check each semester,” Bennett said. “This new law is an investment in our youth and will ensure families have the opportunity to build a college savings account for their children.”

In 2019, the Illinois Higher Education Savings Program, established as part of the Illinois treasurer’s existing Bright Start and Bright Directions programs, was signed into law. Under this law, the treasurer will automatically deposit $50 into a college savings account for every child born or adopted in Illinois.

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fishing 071421CHAMPAIGN – During National Park and Recreation Month, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is drawing attention to the many benefits of public parks and other natural spaces across Champaign and Vermilion Counties.

“National Parks and Recreation Month is a great time to highlight the beauty of our open spaces,” Bennett said. “We’re fortunate to have a variety of parks in our communities, and the summer months are a great time to visit them and explore.”

According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks play an important role in maintaining quality of life in a community. Parks provide gathering places for members of a community to interact with each other, host public events and offer recreational programs.

Additionally, parks provide a public place where people can go to keep healthy and fit. A Penn State University study showed that the length of visits to parks has a connection with reductions in stress, lowered blood pressure, and perceived physical health.

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