Senator Martinez Passes Mixed Martial Arts Safety Measure

Springfield, IL – Yesterday, Senator Iris Y. Martinez passed legislation that requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to authorize and require permits for all professional and amateur boxing or amateur full-contact martial arts.

Martinez introduced the bill after she learned of several occasions when mixed martial Arts competitions took place without proper medical staff on hand and without insurance was purchased to cover the athletes from extreme injury.

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 Senator Martinez Passes Legislation to Foster Safer Communities

Springfield, IL - Today, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed legislation that will help people keep their families safe by requiring more sex offenders register with the State. House Bill 1253 requires sex offenders who were convicted of sex crimes before the establishment of the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) to register with the state if they commit a felony after the effective date.

The SORA was enacted in 1996. Under the law, convicted sex offenders are assigned a risk level, required to register and must comply with other SORA requirements for example, they must verify their addresses annually, notify authorities of address changes and provided updated photos.

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Senator Martinez Passes Legislation to Reduce DUI Fatalities

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Yesterday, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed legislation to increase the frequency of driving under the influence testing during traffic stops. House Bill 1241 requires police officers to ask drivers to take chemical tests if they believe drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Currently, when drivers are pulled over for driving under the influence, law enforcement officers are not mandated to ask drivers to participate in blood, breath, or urine tests. If a driver refuses to take a blood-alcohol level test, then the driver’s license is suspended automatically.

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Martinez Helps Advise Collective Bargaining Agreement

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Recently, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) led negotiations with Dr. Therese Schuepfer, president of the Northeastern Illinois University chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) Local 4100, and Dr. Sharon K. Hahs, President of NEIU to reach a tentative collective bargaining agreement for the contract years of 2010 – 2014.

The UPI and the NEIU administration conducted negotiation sessions for nearly 2 years prior to the recent agreement. On April 1, 2011, UPI membership reject the administration’s, “last, best and final” contract offer by an overwhelming 71 percent and requested a return to the bargaining table with a new proposal.

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