05212019CM0381SPRINGFIELD – A measure to prevent more tragic losses of emergency responders and highway workers, co-sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), was signed into law this week.

“This initiative’s purpose is to encourage drivers to slow down and move over whenever any vehicle is stalled on the side of the road,” Crowe said. “Our first responders are losing their lives because of carelessness, and we can’t tolerate it.”

This year, Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story and Gerald Ellis were killed in the line of duty when vehicles hit them while their vehicles were stalled on the side of the road. The law was initially passed in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen.

Senate Bill 1862, as amended, takes the following steps to strengthen Scott’s Law:

  • • Increases the minimum fine for a Scott’s Law violation without damage or injury from $100 to $500
  • • Makes a Scott’s Law violation that results in damage to a vehicle a Class A Misdemeanor
  • • A violation that results in injury or death would be a Class 4 Felony
  • • Adds a Scott’s Law violation to the list of aggravating factors that may be used in sentencing for reckless homicide
  • • Increases the penalty for a reckless homicide conviction based on a violation of Scott’s Law that results in the death of a firefighter or emergency medical services personnel to a Class 2 felony from a Class 3 felony
  • • Applies Scott’s Law to the requirements for approaching any disabled vehicle

The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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073019 WRPDWOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe invited area mayors and law enforcement to an informational event on Tuesday morning to allow open discussion on adult-use cannabis and crime-free housing programs.

“As laws are being updated, it’s critical to get local government officials and law enforcement into one room to talk through how the updates will affect each community,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said.

The meeting was held at the new police station in Wood River on Tuesday morning. 

Granite City Police Lieutenant Mike Parkinson led the discussion on crime-free housing programs.

“The crime-free housing program in Granite City has benefited our community, so today we were able to continue the conversation on implementing these programs in other cities,” Parkinson said. “I want to thank Senator Crowe for being proactive and allowing us to talk out the pros and cons.”

“Today was an example of how government should work, you get all of the people in the same room to find out how to make our region the best and safest it can be,” Joe Silkwood, Mayor of East Alton said.

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IMG 2874COLLINSVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed Gov. JB Pritzker and other area legislators to the 56th District to celebrate a list of accomplishments this past session.

“The state was able to make some much needed updates to current laws that are felt throughout the Metro East,” Crowe said. “Today was about showcasing those ideas and meeting with the people our legislation will affect.” 

Crowe was joined by Gov. JB Pritzker, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia), state Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville), state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) and state Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis) and state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) at the Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville to applaud Illinois’ expansion of sports betting allowing racetracks to benefit from revenue by gaming machines.

Next, officials traveled to Southern Illinois University’s campus in Edwardsville for the governor to sign House Bill 2239 into law, allowing both student trustees to be voting members of the Southern Illinois University Board. This measure aims to give both the Edwardsville campus as well as the Carbondale campus a voice in decision-making.

“Student voices matter. That, at its core, is why we’re amplifying the student voice on the Board of Trustees, offering each major campus equal say in board affairs no matter the date or time of year,” Gov. JB Pritzker said.

Finally, members of the group met at a ribbon cutting for Alton Works, taking the first step in a revitalization initiative to attract business and economic development to downtown Alton. 

”I want to thank the governor for spending the day with us in the district, making a priority of the Metro East and downstate Illinois,” Crowe said. “We are proud of our area and can’t wait to see how we will improve it in the future.”

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05312019CM0509SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents’ genetic testing results will now be protected under a new state law passed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and signed by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

“As technology advances, we have to update our laws to reflect ways it can be improperly used, and the personal data of private citizens is being used inappropriately every day,” Crowe said. “Keeping genetic information confidential is crucial to protecting a person’s right to privacy.”

The legislation prohibits companies that provide direct-to-consumer commercial genetic testing, such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe, from sharing any test results with health or life insurance companies without the consumer’s consent.

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests more than doubled during 2017 and exceeded 12 million in 2018. Last year, an estimated 1 in 25 American adults sought out testing of personal genetic data.

House Bill 2189 is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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