02192019CW2123 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is making it easier for graduating high schoolers to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Her new law requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to accept other testing methods for students to demonstrate English language proficiency for eligibility for the seal.

“Learning to read, write and speak in two different languages is an impressive skill for anyone, particularly young people,” Martinez said. “This law gives ISBE more flexibility to recognize that achievement.”

The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given to graduating high school students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in English and in reading, writing, listening and speaking in another language.

House Bill 3237 is effective immediately.

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05082019CM0766rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is continuing her work to ensure the needs of immigrant communities in Illinois are met.

Her new law creates the Immigration Task Force to examine specified issues related to immigrant communities in Illinois, as well as possible solutions.

“Immigrants in our state are facing an extremely difficult time due to toxic rhetoric and policies from the federal government,” Martinez said. “I am glad the governor shares my commitment to making sure they know they are welcome and protected in Illinois.”

Currently, the Department of Human Services Illinois Immigrant Policy Project has an Immigrant and Refugee Health Task Force which released a series of four reports on the needs of immigrants concerning immigration law, labor, education, health, and human service issues.

House Bill 3196 is effective immediately.

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alcoholSPRINGFIELD — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) creates rules to allow small distilleries to self-distribute spirits.

Martinez’s measure creates a class 1 craft distiller licensee, which allows a licensee to manufacture up to 50,000 gallons of spirits and to self-distribute or sell not more than 5,000 gallons of spirits to retail licensees or consumers.

The bill also creates a class 2 craft distiller license, which allows production of up to 100,000 gallons and allows the licensee to transfer up to 5,000 gallons of spirits to a distilling pub wholly owned and operated by the class 2 distiller.

“We want to support small businesses, and this is a way to help more people enter the market,” Martinez said. “I am grateful to Governor Pritzker for signing this bill into law.”

House Bill 2675 is effective immediately.

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notary publicSPRINGFIELD — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) seeks to crack down on the practice of notaries falsely advertising legal services.

Martinez’s measure strengthens the notice requirements for people who are advertising notary public services in a language other than English and who are not licensed to practice law or accredited as an immigration representative.

“We know that there are some bad actors taking advantage of those for whom English is not their first language and charging them for services they are not legally able to provide,” Martinez said. “I am glad the governor took this issue seriously and signed my legislation into law.”

The bill also increases the fine for a violation of advertising notice requirements from $1,000 to $1,500.

House Bill 2176 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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