The General Assembly met throughout the Memorial Day weekend, but little progress was made. Budget talks are ongoing with no real indication that an agreement can be reached. The House is scheduled to convene every Wednesday this June.
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However, this means that several of our policy priorities remain on the table. Below are a few important updates from your Illinois Advocacy Team.
Physical education is being used as a bargaining chip during budget negotiations and continues to face the threat of cuts or elimination. Please remember to take action on this morning’s You’re the Cure Alert to preserve the daily Physical Education requirement in Illinois; Please remind your lawmakers of the importance of P.E. to our kids and ask that they protect it
The Sugary Sweetened Beverage tax (or HEAL Act) is still in play and being discussed as part of the larger budget package. It is important that we continue to educate lawmakers about the health benefits, and financial impact, that derive from this initiative. The beverage industry is working hard in opposition but our legislative allies continue to advocate to keep the SSB tax a part of the current budget talks. You can take action on the SSB tax here: Ask your lawmakers to support the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) proposal as part of the negotiated budget
Senate Bill 3011, the Tobacco 21 legislation, which increases the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 statewide, passed the Senate and is now in the House where it is being sponsored by Representative Sara Feigenholtz. Given the current environment and opposition, this bill was held in committee in order to continue outreach and further educate House members. This is an ongoing effort and we need your help. Please ask your state Representative to support Tobacco 21 legislation in Illinois