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Moms Demand Action descends on the Capitol

morrison 052219Gun safety advocates from across the state descended on the Lincoln Statue today to call for the passage of the Fix the FOID Act, a proposal sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that would strengthen the Firearm Owners Identification system to ensure individuals with violent histories are not able to possess guns.

“This policy change will create a safer environment for us all,” Morrison said at the rally. “I fail to believe that we are powerless to act to reduce mass shooting incidents that continue to take far too many lives.”

 

Morrison pushes to increase burial benefit for fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers

police funeral 052219SPRINGFIELD – The burial benefit for law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty would be increased under a proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that passed the Senate recently.

“No family of a fallen officer or firefighter should have to worry about not being able to afford to bury their loved one,” Morrison said. “These individuals selflessly dedicated their lives in the protection of our neighbors and communities, and this is the least we as a state can do to honor their sacrifice.”

Currently, the state burial benefit for firefighters, State Police officers or local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty is $10,000. Morrison’s plan – contained in House Bill 2028 – would increase that benefit to $20,000, acknowledging the ever-increasing costs associated with burials. Neither the benefit for State Police officers nor the benefit for local law enforcement officers and firefighters has been raised since its creation in the late 1990s.

Morrison introduced the plan after the death of Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert, a Highland Park resident who was assisting in a traffic accident on the Tri-State Tollway in January when he was struck by a speeding motorist and killed.

“The grieving families of our fallen heroes should not have to endure the additional stress and worry of not knowing if they will be able to afford burial costs for their lost loved ones,” stated Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly. “During a time of loss, grief, and tragedy, the families of fallen officers and firefighters who dedicated their lives to protecting others, and who died while serving the members of our communities, should be able to focus on grieving the loss of their loved ones,” he concluded.

House Bill 2028 passed the Senate without opposition on May 16 and will now head to the governor’s office for his approval.

Morrison to require better preparation to treat students with epilepsy

morrison 052119SPRINGFIELD – Students with epilepsy would be better protected at school under a proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that passed the Senate recently. 

“With a long-term risk of recurrent seizures, children with epilepsy require individuals around them to be able to effectively respond should a seizure occur,” Morrison said. “By developing a plan that lays out the unique set of health care needs of students with epilepsy, schools are ensuring they are fully prepared to both treat and manage a disorder that affects 470,000 children nationwide.”

Morrison’s proposal – contained in House Bill 1475 – creates the Seizure Smart School Act, which would require the development of a plan for students with epilepsy that includes training for employees and care aides on how to handle students with the disorder.

The plan requires student’s parents or guardians to share the health care provider’s instructions on managing the student’s epilepsy and include a copy of any prescriptions and how and when to administer those medicines.

"Many people who develop epilepsy do so during their school years,” said Bryan Anderson, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. "It is important for school personnel to know how to recognize a seizure and how to appropriately respond should it happen in a school setting. Enactment of this legislation can save lives.”

House Bill 1475 passed the Senate without opposition on May 16 and will now head to the governor’s office for his approval.

Morrison works to expand insurance coverage of EpiPens for minors

morrison 051519 2SPRINGFIELD – Insurers would be required to cover medically necessary epinephrine injectors for minors under a proposal by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that passed the Senate recently.

“With steady increases in food allergies and other serious allergic conditions, we should be doing everything we can to expand access to lifesaving drugs and medicines,” Morrison said. “No child with a serious allergy should be without an epinephrine injector because they cannot afford one.”

Epinephrine injectors – commonly known by the specific brand name EpiPen – deliver the life-saving drug epinephrine to individuals experiencing a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine works by narrowing blood vessels and opening lung airways, reversing the symptoms of an allergic reaction that, if left untreated, can cause death.

Morrison’s proposal, contained in House Bill 3435, requires certain private insurance policies to cover medically necessary epinephrine injectors for those under 18 years of age.

“While this proposal is a needed step in the right direction, our federal government should be doing much more to alleviate high prescription costs and price gouging by pharmaceutical companies,” Morrison said.

House Bill 3435 passed without opposition on May 17 and will now head to the governor’s office for his approval.

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Chairperson); Public Health (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representatives:
Jonathan Carroll
Bob Morgan