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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indexSPRINGFIELD — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) will create training programs for young people looking to enter the building trades.

Her measure creates the “Training in the Building Trades Program,” which would award grants to community-based organizations to establish training programs for people ages 18-35 with interest in that industry.
“There is no one-size-fits all career path for young people, so we need to provide them with a variety of opportunities to learn and train for their future,” Martinez said. “These programs will give future trades professionals the tools they need to obtain a good-paying job and to give back to the state.”

The bipartisan measure also directs the Department of Children and Family Services to work in conjunction with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to identify youth who are aging out of the foster care system to refer to the training programs.

House Bill 2304 takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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05302019CW0271 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez’s legislation that would use Lottery revenue to fund grants STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs in low-income schools and Alzheimer’s care, support, education and awareness programs is now law.

“Studies show that almost all future jobs will relate in some way to the skills learned in STEAM programs,” Martinez said. “Children in low-income schools must not be left behind. This measure will help make sure all children in our state have equal access to education in these vital areas.”

The measure would require the Department of the Lottery to offer two special instant scratch-off games:

• one for the benefit of grants for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to fund grants to low-income schools and;
• one for the benefit of grants for Alzheimer’s care, support, education and awareness programs.

Both games will run for only one year, from Jan. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 1669 is effective immediately.

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05212019CW0201 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is continuing her work to ensure all qualified applicants are eligible for professional licenses, regardless of their citizenship status.

“If anyone in our state wants to contribute by working hard and paying taxes, they should not be denied because of where they were born,” Martinez said. “I am glad to continue the work we started last year by expanding the ability for immigrants to apply for professional licenses.”

Martinez passed a law last year ensuring that citizenship is not required for licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional or State Board of Education. It also requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to allow an applicant to use a taxpayer identification number as an alternative to a Social Security number.

Her new law signed on Friday expands that requirement by stating that, unless otherwise provided by law, no department shall deny an occupational or professional license based solely on the applicant's citizenship status or immigration status.

The law also specifically modifies the Illinois Explosives Act, the Illinois Plumbing License Law, the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor's License Act, the Illinois Horse Meat Act, the Liquor Control Act of 1934, the Safety Deposit License Act and the Coal Mining Act to ensure U.S. citizenship is not a prerequisite for licensure.

Senate Bill 1166 takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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