SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Pregnant employees to have new rights

Thursday, May 29, 2014

* This has been an interesting bill to watch all spring

The House gave final sign-off Wednesday to legislation that would give pregnant employees new civil rights in the workplace.

House Bill 8 provides that pregnant women be allowed “reasonable accommodations” on the job such as longer bathroom breaks, seating and time off to recover from childbirth.

The governor has said it’s the most important bill of the year. Business groups fought it in the beginning because they usually fight more government mandates. And quite a few Republicans voted against it when the bill first came up in the House.

But after some Senate changes, the bill unanimously passed both chambers.

* This bill also received some bipartisan support

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would strike the arrest records of kids who haven’t been convicted of a crime.

The measure passed 74-40 in the House and goes to the Senate.

“Having a single juvenile arrest can impact the ability of youth to successfully compete for education, scholarships, employment and service opportunities later in life,” said the bill’s main sponsor Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago.

Senate Bill 978 would require the Illinois State Police to wipe clean the arrest record each year for those under the age of 18, so long as they weren’t convicted of a crime. However, this does not apply to youth arrested for serious felonies or for sexual crimes.

Turner said the current process to expunge a person’s arrest record is “cumbersome” in that it takes time, money and is subject to all sorts of red tape. Turner said the fact that his bill automatically wipes these records for free will give young people a “fresh start” as they apply for a job or for college.

* And in the Department of Redundancy Department

A Senate committee has approved a November ballot question asking if Illinois voters think prescription drug coverage plans should include birth control.

Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women. Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, sponsored that legislation, which became law in 2003. She told Senate Executive Committee members Wednesday that the goal of the ballot question is to make the argument stronger in light of the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, calls it “utterly meaningless” and accused Martinez of election-year politics.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - Walker - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 11:00 am:

    Matt Murphy is right that it’s meaningless, since it probably won’t even make it to the House floor.


  2. - dupage dan - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    — Department of Redundancy Department ===

    Or the Natural Guard.

    Firesign Theater is the best.


  3. - Daverpig - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 11:09 am:

    ==The governor has said it’s the most important bill of the year.==
    This is the saddest thing I have seen. What a bunch of messed up priorities our government has.


  4. - Living in Machiaville - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    Of course it the most important bill of the year. He’s a dandy that Pat Quinn. One might think his MONUMENTAL defeat at passing the tax hike extention and the fallout would be a slight concern. Who knew?


  5. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    –This is the saddest thing I have seen. What a bunch of messed up priorities our government has.–

    Really? You’ve lived quite a sheltered life up to now.

    Credit where credit’s due: Good on the bipartisan GA votes on the pregnancy and youth arrest bills.

    Meaningful laws with positive impacts for real people.


  6. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    If we want future generations, then we need to stop making pregnancy a problem. If you want to claim you are pro-life, then you need to ensure that those creating that life, can do so without penalty.

    What the Governor said about it, is over the top however.


  7. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 12:25 pm:

    Regardless of how desperate you may be to drive turnout, adding the birth control referendum is redundant and an abuse of the process. Every redundant question we add unnecessarily leads to longer ballots, longer lines and longer wait times to vote. Even an extra minute or two of voting time per ballot adds up quickly during “rush hours” and in precincts that are shorthanded after machine malfunctions during the day.

    btw - if Martinez is so concerned her original legislation needs to be stronger, why didn’t she lift a single finger this session to work on making the language stronger? That would be much more effective and direct approach by her own “logic”. Absurd.


  8. - 47th Ward - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    ===What the Governor said about it, is over the top however===

    Pregnant women are America’s backbone.


  9. - Anon - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    == Pregnant women are America’s backbone. ==

    The real American heroes.


  10. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 1:35 pm:

    Half of the pregnant women in Illinois decide to have a child even though they can’t afford the birth of that child, with or without the father. To me, that is irresponsible and unfair to the child. America’s Backbone? More like breaking our backs to the tune of more than $1 Billion per year in Illinois. Someone needs to start sending the message out there that if you can’t afford to pay for the birth of a child, then don’t get pregnant or get anyone pregnant.


  11. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    You got any facts to back up that misogyny, Jeff? Last I checked a dude is generally required to make a baby.


  12. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 1:48 pm:

    –Someone needs to start sending the message out there that if you can’t afford to pay for the birth of a child, then don’t get pregnant or get anyone pregnant.–

    Huh? Or what?


  13. - Cassandra - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 1:58 pm:

    What pregnant women badly need is the assurance that the same or similar job will be waiting for them, even if they decide to stay home with the kid until kg, but certainly longer than a few months. When I had my kids, quite a while ago, it was six weeks and come back or no guarantees. I went back. I don’t necessarily regret it, but I still hear stories today about young women who have to rush back to work a few months after the birth to ensure they have a job to go back to.
    This shouldn’t be a forced choice.


  14. - Nonplussed - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 2:48 pm:

    Cassandra, I don’t think going back to work after 6 weeks maternity leave is being rushed back or a forced choice.


  15. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 3:01 pm:

    “You got any facts to back up that misogyny, Jeff?”

    How about Pat Quinn’s budget address from 2012? That good enough for your knee-jerk assumptions?

    http://www.sj-r.com/x1907503497/No-cuts-seen-in-Medicaid-birth-benefits-in-Illinois

    “More than half of Illinois babies born today are covered by Medicaid,” Quinn said
    Medicaid paid for 89,621 Illinois deliveries in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That was nearly 54 percent of all births, according to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The total cost was $890 million.
    Medicaid plays an even bigger role in births to teen mothers. The program paid for nearly 94 percent of teen deliveries in 2009. “”

    As for misogyny, you got it backwards. Misogyny is assuming a woman can’t take care of herself or child without a man, can’t make good decisions because she’s dumber than men, or that women are incapable or somehow inferior. I am assuming the opposite of that, woman are just as capable as men are, which is more feministic.

    wordslinger, in other words, women, please don’t get pregnant if you can’t afford the birth of child, and men, please don’t get anyone pregnant if you can’t afford the birth of a child. Half of our children born into that extreme poverty is a huge social and financial problem. It doesn’t have to be that way.


  16. - 47th Ward - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    Trigg, lighten up man. For a lot of poor people, sex is about the only entertainment they can afford. Pregnancy is a side effect of intercourse. Poverty is a side effect of capitalism. Nobody wants to raise children in poverty, but asking them to stop having sex is kind of unrealistic don’t you think?

    And nonplussed, I’m going to assume you’re a man who has no children. And with your attitude, probably no wife either.


  17. - Cheswick - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 5:01 pm:

    How would he know?


  18. - TooManyJens - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 5:15 pm:

    Nonplussed, I wonder whether you have ever borne a child. Six weeks with your baby before going back to work is NOTHING. I got twice that and it was still incredibly difficult to be separated from my baby so soon.


  19. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 29, 14 @ 8:32 pm:

    Trigg, you worry too much.

    The teen birth rate, and that of all women in the U.S. aged 15-44, both set record lows in 2013.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/birthrate-among-teens-fell-to-record-low-in-2013-1401334914


  20. - Amalia - Friday, May 30, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    Planned Parenthood is supporting the ballot question. They sent out an email entitled “Support HB 5755 Birth Control Advisory Referendum” It is long, and factual and interesting.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* A grand good morning to you all!
* Late, late poll... Who won the debate?
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China
        * Grab a Lumia and be a winner this Diwali
        * iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address
        * Spotify Family gives discount for multiple accounts
        * iOS 8.1, Apple Pay, Google’s Gmail 5.0, Microsoft smartwatch & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series
        * Nexus Player back on pre-order, Nexus 6 starts October 29

        * New iOS Apps Will Have To be 64-bit From February
        * Oppo N3 Camera Module Exploded View Reveals More Details
        * Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Launches In The UK For £24.99 (video)
        * Co-founder of ThinkUp, Gina Trapani [Cool Tools Show #12]
        * How to Get More Out of Facebook Ads
        * Suncast Lawn & Garden Cart
        * Apple Increases iPhone 6 Plus Orders Again

        * Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title
        * larry's Offseason Plan
        * Abreu wins Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year honors
        * Jose Abreau wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
        * Jose Abreu wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
        * Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad.
        * Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs..
        * Bill Clinton to campaign for Quinn Tuesday..
        * Governor hopefuls disagree on charter schools..
        * Topic matches for "education"..
        * Ill. Governor, Challenger Spar over Economy..
        * Illinois Invests in Stormwater Management Projects..
        * Topic matches for "voting"..


        * Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot
        * Quinn, Rauner debate income tax increase
        * Governor hopefuls disagree on charter schools
        * Illinois governor candidates spar in last debate
        * Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * EPA awards $8.6 million to reduce Lake Erie algae
        * Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in 1 death
        * Judge to rule against Ameren in power line case
        * Voters head to polls on first day of early voting

        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Sun-Times, Belleville, Champaign, Peoria newspapers endorse Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally
        * Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers
        * Illinois unemployment rate falls again, to 6.6 percent
        * Panel to look at body cameras in eavesdropping law discussion

        * It's official: AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
        * Northwestern, U of C among four hospitals that would treat Ebola patients
        * Bloomberg weighs in for Dold
        * U.S. airlines raise base fares on domestic flights
        * Court rejects appeal from Duane Reade Ex-CEO, CFO


        * Cardinal George’s advice to Archbishop Cupich: ‘Spend a lot of time listening’
        * Chicago Public Schools to sell headquarters for $28 million
        * Fix pot law conflicts so industry can grow
        * Convicted sex offender in custody after 7 bodies found in NW Indiana
        * Fioretti tries to put heat on Emanuel over short yellow lights
        * Neely’s pre-election resignation deja vu of how she got her start
        * Emanuel’s cable tax hike to cost average consumer $28.80 a year
        * Scholar’s take on bishops’ synod: ‘Amazing days if you’re a Catholic’
        * Obama votes early, campaigns for Quinn
        * Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery


        * Teen with knife killed by police, two others wounded in shootings
        * What experts say about serial killers
        * Millions pledged to carry out CPS arts program
        * Quinn, Rauner unleash negativity in final debate
        * Feds: Chicago-area man supplied heroin to Indiana dealers
        * Hinsdale District 86 votes to approve teacher contract
        * Suspect in Indiana serial killings has violent past
        * Ebola fear puts family in voluntary quarantine in Rock Island
        * Police warn of bicyclist who grabbed at teen girl
        * Judge: Trucker's statements in Tollway fatality admissible


        * Scary Story: Hand In Glove By Shawna Mayer
        * Task Force Hopes To Help Turn Students Into Good Citizens
        * Digging up the history of a Civil War camp on Chicago's South Side
        * Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program At Odds With Federal Policy
        * UIS Poverty Series Continues With "American Winter" Screening
        * Third & Final Governor Debate Tonight
        * Are Computer Keyboards Killing Cursive?
        * Earlier Than Ever
        * Listen to State Week - October 17, 2014


        * Our Opinion: White, Madigan for another term
        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Our Opinion: Say yes to Magro’s project
        * John Schick: Letter confirmed aggression toward bicyclists
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Our Opinion: Re-elect Durbin for another term in U.S. Senate
        * Bill Press: Do you trust your government on Ebola?
        * Quote of the Day: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
        * Our Opinion: Rodney Davis has earned another term


        * A piece of history sold
        * Shoe prints help police ID man suspected in pizzeria robberies
        * State claims Jimmy John's owes taxes on corporate jets
        * Teen turns Halloween interest into potential special effects career
        * Council leaning toward lessening noise ordinance penalties
        * MacMurray celebrates homecoming
        * Belleville City Council pushes Streetscape project along
        * The global warming hoax
        * Our view
        * Police reports


        * Narrative missteps mar beautifully sung ‘Amazing Grace'
        * Images: Oscar de la Renta's fashions
        * Hinsdale district OKs new two-year contract
        * Fashion guru Oscar de la Renta dies at 82
        * Steelers rally past stunned Texans

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * The Killeen Daily Herald...
        * Democrats in tight races are delighted to ......
        * Democrats in tight races are delighted to ......
        * Democrats in tight races are delighted to ......

        * Dear Editor,...

        * Will anyone care Sun-Times may have dumped all over its statehouse reporter to appease a political candidate?
        * Take note of first complaint received through Ethics Citation Program
        * Morning Minute: Don’t make these credit score mistakes
        * Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall below 4 percent, hit yearly low
        * Illinois fracking vote postponed until Nov. 6
        * Morning Minute: New Census report offers snapshot of U.S. housing landscape
        * October magazine article outlines IAR ideas to boost professionalism
        * Local vigilance helps IAR reps protect your interests
        * Today is first day for early voting in Illinois
        * Know the facts before you vote for Home Rule on Nov. 4


        * Rauner Campaign Statement on Final Debate
        * What They’re Saying About Pat Quinn
        * What They’re Saying About Bruce Rauner
        * Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark - 3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining
        * Rauner Sweeping Endorsements Across Illinois




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller