“The best way to find an equitable solution is to get everyone to the table to discuss how we can maintain clean drinking water in central Illinois.”–State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)
 

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SPRINGFIELD- To address the need to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) passed legislation to bring all community and state stakeholders to the table.
 
“It’s our job to protect this valuable resource for our children and generations to come,” Bennett said. “The best way to find an equitable solution is to get everyone to the table to discuss how we can maintain clean drinking water in central Illinois.”
 
Senate Bill 325 creates the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force, which will address the issue of finding a compromise to protect the clean drinking water of the Mahomet Aquifer.
 
The Mahomet Aquifer serves as the primary water supply for 15 counties across central Illinois including Champaign and Vermilion counties.
 
The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force will include legislators as well as community, environmental and waste management representatives appointed by the governor. They will be required to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and governor by July 1, 2017.
 
“My hope is by bringing everyone together we will be able to find a long-lasting solution to this problem,” Bennett said. “We have seen the impact contaminated drinking water had on Flint, Michigan. We need to work sooner than later to address this issue.”
 
The bipartisan measure passed the Senate without any opposition and now heads to the House for consideration.

“We need to do whatever we can to engage more people and give them the opportunity to exercise their rights” –State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

042116CM1503RTSPRINGFIELD- Currently there are more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote, but aren’t registered.

To alleviate this problem, Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) cosponsored Senate Bill 250 which would automatically register eligible citizens when they renew their drivers’ license or state ID.

“This is a simple way for us to empower more people to be active in the democratic process,” Bennett said. “We need to do whatever we can to engage more people and give them the opportunity to exercise their rights.”

Statistics have shown currently of all voting-age eligible Illinoisans, 42 percent of black citizens, 57.8 percent of Asian citizens and 33 percent of all females are not registered.  

Under current law eligible citizens are allowed to register when they renew their license or state ID. Senate Bill 250 would change the rule from an “opt-in” system where citizens have to actively register to “opt-out” where they can choose to not register to vote.

Estimates show the annual county-level costs throughout the country for voter registration is at least $1 billion or about one-third of the total county-level cost of administering elections.

Senate Bill 250 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now moves to the House for consideration.

021715CM0990resizeforwebSPRINGFIELD- Illinois no longer would have time constraints on prosecuting alleged child sex offenders under legislation introduced by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

The legislation was prompted by last week’s developments involving former Republican U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who admitted in court that he sexually abused teenage boys when he was a wrestling coach in Yorkville.

“We shouldn’t reward people who are lucky enough to not get caught,” Bennett said. “Often victims of abuse take some time to find the courage to address these horrific crimes. They should have the option when they are ready to confront their abuser.”

In court last week, Judge Thomas Durkin noted that Hastert avoided serious legal consequences because of current statute of limitations in Illinois’ state courts.

Statute of limitations restricts the time during which authorities can charge someone with a crime.

Bennett’s initiative would remove the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual abuse and sex crimes against children, which allows for the prosecution of these offenses at any time.

Under current law cases similar to the charges brought against Hastert, victims must report cases of abuse within 20 years after they have turned 18.  

Senate Bill 3402 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate’s Criminal Law Committee on Wednesday, May 4 at 9 a.m. in Room 400 in the Capitol Building. 

CHAMPAIGN – Working to bring state services to seniors in Urbana and Danville, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) is hosting free senior workshops next week.  

URBANA:

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Urbana Free Library (210 W Green St., Urbana)


DANVILLE:

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: CRIS Healthy Aging Center (309 N. Franklin Street, Danville)

Description:

A representative from the Illinois Attorney General’s office will be present to educate seniors with updated information on financial exploitation and scams, their rights under new credit card rules and how to protect themselves and friends from scam artists.

To accommodate all guests, Sen. Bennett is asking participants to register by calling his full-time Constituent Service Office in Champaign at (217) 355-5252.

For more information, visit www.SenatorBennett.com or call 217-355-5252.

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Office Info

Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507