We have created several issue-oriented Facebook panels for the purpose of staying connected and generating more discussion in our community outside of physical panel meetings. Please join the panels below and help contribute to the conversation
We have created several issue-oriented Facebook panels for the purpose of staying connected and generating more discussion in our community outside of physical panel meetings. Please join the panels below and help contribute to the conversation:
Government, Taxes, & Infrastructure Community Advisory Panel
Includes committees on counties and townships, state government administration, and executive committee.Recent bills was under this panel were establishing civil unions, driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, increasing the speed limit, and amendments to the state employee pension plan. Current topics in this panel are: independent maps, non-profit status for private hospitals, and progressive income tax.
Education Community Advisory Panel
Education: includes committees on higher ed, elementary and secondary edu, and appropriations for education. Recent bills was under this panel were requiring schools to establish bullying policies and prohibiting smoking on public universities. Includes working groups on K-12 and separately, higher education. Current topics include; the Vision 20/20 plan, Common Core, process for University Board of Trustee appointment, and higher education funding.
Health & Human Service Community Advisory Panel
Health & Human Services: includes committees on health care licenses, human services, housing, veteran's affairs, adoption reform, and appropriations for human services. Recent bills under this panel were medical marijuana, expanded sex education in schools, and limiting artificial trans fat. Includes working groups on access to low-income housing and veterans and active duty personnel.
Business, Trade, and Labor Community Advisory Panel
Business, Trade, & Labor: includes committees for labor, pensions, small business, museums, and arts. Recent bills was under this panel were ban the box bill, prohibits required disclosure of criminal record before the job interview, accommodations for pregnant workers, and amendments to labor law.
Criminal Justice Reform Community Advisory Panel
Judicial and Criminal Justice Reform: includes committees for criminal justice reform, restorative justice, public safety - police and fire, and appropriations for public safety. Recent bills was under this panel were authorizing individuals to record police and abolishing the death penalty. Includes working groups on bail reform and sex offender registry reform.
Environment & Energy Community Advisory Panel
Environment and Energy: includes committees on energy, biotechnology, and agriculture and conservation. Recent bills was under this panel were protection for the Mahomet Aquifer and smart grid technology. Includes a working group on coal ash maintenance and disposal.