04242018CM0869 rDear friends,

I am happy to announce that Gov. JB Pritzker yesterday signed legislation requiring gun dealers to be certified by the state into law.

I was the chief co-sponsor of this legislation in the Senate, and I have worked with its sponsor, Senator Don Harmon, for years to hold the handful of unethical gun dealers in our state accountable and keep illegal guns off our streets.

The Chicago Police 2017 Gun Trace Report found that almost 20 percent of guns used in crimes in Chicago could be traced back to a handful of suburban gun dealers. This new law will crack down on straw purchases while still protecting law-abiding gun owners’ rights.

I am proud to have supported this legislation through the Senate and am thankful to the governor for signing it into law. Gun violence is a complicated problem, however, and it will not be fixed with one new law. I will continue to work in the Senate to pass legislation to curb gun violence and keep our communities safe.

If you have any questions about this or any other legislation, please send me an email or call my district office at (773) 278-2020.

Sincerely,

Senator Iris Y. Martinez
Assistant Majority Leader, 20th Senate District

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SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the VOICES Act:

“This legislation should have been easy for any governor to sign.

“What it does is simple – it helps people who are fleeing violence and human trafficking get to a safe place. Beyond that, it helps our law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute those crimes by empowering victims to work with police.

“Everyone deserves justice, no matter their skin color or their immigration status. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and I am glad we were able to override the governor’s politically motivated veto.”

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martinez 041118CHICAGO — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez issued the following statement today on President Trump’s desire to end birthright citizenship by executive order:


“This is just another example of the president saying something outrageous to drum up support. The president alone does not have the authority to override the Constitution. He knows this, and yet he is once again stoking fear and division.


“What he is proposing is not only unconstitutional, it is un-American. At its core, America is about welcoming people and giving them a chance at a better life. We must continue to fight this racist rhetoric and ensure the immigrant families in our state know they are welcome.”

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08222018CM0014 rCHICAGO —All qualified applicants are now eligible for professional licenses, regardless of their immigration status, under a new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

A federal law passed in 1996 makes non-citizens ineligible for state-issued professional licenses, but allows individual states to pass legislation granting licenses to non-citizens.

“Immigrants contribute to our state by working hard and paying taxes,” Martinez said. “If someone wants to further their career by becoming a licensed professional, we need to do all we can to support that.”

The new law deletes a provision in the Pharmacy Practice Act that requires an individual to submit evidence that they are a United States citizen or legally admitted immigrant before receiving a license. It also requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to allow an applicant to use a taxpayer identification number as an alternative to a Social Security number.

Senate Bill 3109 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.


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Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
 
District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020

 

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