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Sandoval Hosts Moms in Action

SandovalMOMS-IN-ACTIONSPRINGFIELDWith the new concealed carry law, business locations may post a graphic “no-guns-allowed” sign. State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-11) hosted members of Moms In Action (MIA) at his State Capitol office to hear their proposal to replace the pictoral sign with a written version instead. The purpose of removing the image of the gun from the sign is to ease the worry of a potential threat when patronizing local businesses.

Moms In Action is a group of moms of all ages who meet monthly for fellowship, growth in their relationship with Christ, and to serve others and the community. 

El Senador Sandoval habla sobre el aumento de impuestos

El Senador Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) habla sobre la propuesta de aumentar los impuestos de personas con altos ingresos.

Aquí algunos aspectos de la propuesta de Madigan que apoya Sandoval:

  • La propuesta platea un aumento del 3 por ciento de impuestos para quienes ganan más de un millón de dólares.
  • Se calcula que recaudaría mil millones de dólares que serían asignados a los estudiantes en todo el estado.
  • Estos fondos serán distribuidos a las escuelas a partir del 2015.
  • La propuesta se incluiría en la boleta electoral de la elección general del próximo noviembre, pues plantea una reforma constitucional que debe ser refrendada por los votantes.

 

Sandoval-rideshare-presser-040214SPRINGFIELD –Senate Transportation Committee Chair State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) and State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Transportation Committee, joined today to call for increased public awareness of for-profit ride-share programs.

“We are asking that the Illinois Department of Transportation, the State Police, the Secretary of State and the Illinois Commerce Commission issue a consumer advisory while we sort out the complications of appropriately regulating this new transportation option,” said Sandoval. “Consumers need to know that they could be in danger.”

“At a recent hearing we heard from insurance experts and representatives from the Department of Insurance who testified that customers, drivers, and pedestrians are potentially put in harm’s way because of a lack of sufficient insurance coverage by for-profit commercial ride-sharing companies like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar,” said Sandoval. “Public safety is a bipartisan issue, and today we’re reaching across the aisle and coming together to make sure the public is safe”

The March 13 hearing, held in Chicago, was entitled, “Closing the Insurance Gap: Examining Insurance Practices of For-Profit Commercial Ride-Share Companies Operating in Illinois.” The committee concluded that customers and drivers fall into an insurance gap when they use for-profit ride-sharing services like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. Unfortunately, these for-profit ride-sharing companies did not fully cooperate during the hearing and refused to disclose details of their insurance policies.

According to McConnaughay and Sandoval, legislators have an obligation to ensure consumer protection and safety standards on our highways and roads, saying these companies need to provide more details about how they protect consumers and the public.

Sandoval and McConnaughay detailed the requirements that any legislation must meet so that the public can safely use these types of for-profit ride-share services. First, any legislative measure must ensure that these companies provide adequate commercial insurance that covers all drivers, riders and pedestrians. Additionally, background checks need to be conducted to make sure drivers do not have criminal records, and vehicles in use must be well maintained and regularly inspected.

Various legislative proposals remain under consideration.