SPRINGFIELD — To improve efforts to find missing seniors, State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, recently passed legislation that would improve the current program aimed at finding missing seniors.
“Each year Illinois’ senior population increases as the baby boomer generation grows older,” Beiser said. “Our state needs to create programs and best practices that reflect this, so that Illinois is a friendly, accommodating place for seniors to live.”
In 2005, Beiser passed legislation creating an alert system to assist the Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies in finding endangered and missing seniors, a precursor to the current Silver Alert system. Senate Bill 1846, which Beiser is sponsoring, creates the Silver Search Program. Through coordination between the ISP and the Silver Search Task Force, the program will put in place plans and resources for law enforcement to help find adults suffering from dementia. Additionally, the task force will work to increase awareness of these diseases throughout the state.
“This legislation will provide law enforcement agencies, health care providers and families with additional resources to find a loved one suffering from dementia,” Beiser added. “Additionally, the task force created in this legislation will help ensure we have the right procedures and resources in place to keep seniors in our communities safe for years to come.”
Senate Bill 1846 was sent to the governor to be signed into law. For information, contact Beiser’s constituent service office at (618) 465-5900.
Beiser rejects pay increase
In addition to previously pledging to not take paycheck until a budget is in place, earlier this week, Beiser voted to reject a cost of living increase for lawmakers.
“The people most impacted by the budget impasse are our seniors, children and disabled, many of whom are no longer receiving services they depend on,” Beiser said. “Because I believe it is wrong for lawmakers to receive increases in their pay during this budget crisis, I have voted once again to lower my salary and will not cash my paycheck until our budget stalemate is resolved.”
This spring, the General Assembly passed a spending plan that continues to provide important state services, including home care for seniors, services for the developmentally disabled, programs for autistic children, breast and cervical cancer screenings and increased funding for schools. Beiser also voted to freeze legislators’ salaries, including his own, by not providing funding for cost of living adjustments for elected officials. However, when Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the budget outright, he ensured lawmakers would receive their cost of living adjustment. To address this error and carry out the intent of the budget he supported, Beiser supported House Bill 576, which takes away a cost of living increase for legislators and constitutional officers during the current fiscal year.
“I urge Governor Rauner to sign this legislation immediately so we can get back to focusing on putting a budget in place that protects hard-working men and women across the state,” Beiser added.
Governor signs legislation to help businesses set up shop
In an effort to help business owners open their doors in Illinois, Beiser, D-Alton, passed legislation to create a new website to hold information and forms entrepreneurs need when setting up their business. The legislation, Senate Bill 659, was just signed into law by the governor.
“Collectively, small businesses employ a large number of people in the workforce,” Beiser said. “To help put more people to work, we need to improve the economic environment and make it easier for entrepreneurs make their business ideas a reality. My goal when leading the charge on Senate Bill 659 was to create a friendlier economic climate in Illinois.”
To remove obstacles facing anyone looking to start a business in Illinois, Senate Bill 659 requires all business startup forms on a publicly accessible website. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will compile and publish all state licensing materials and registration forms, links to important resources, helpful contacts and information about state incentives at this website, as well as update this portal on a yearly basis. Beiser’s law is supported by the Small Business Advocacy Council and the National Federation of Independent Business.
“When business owners are looking to start a company that puts people to work in Illinois, they may spend hours, days or weeks checking a variety of places to get all of the information they need,” Beiser said. “Having all the correct forms and reliable answers at their fingertips through this website is a concrete and practical way to make Illinois a better place to do business.”
For information, contact Beiser’s constituent service office at (618) 465-5900.