hainehsv1SPRINGFIELD, IL –Senator Bill Haine (D–Alton) returns to the Senate this year in a new role as a Senate majority whip and retains his previous committee assignments. He continues to serve as chair of the Senate Insurance Committee and is serving on the Licensed Activities and Pensions, Criminal Law, and Judiciary committees.

 “I am excited to continue my service to the people of Illinois and my district in my assigned committees and in my new position as majority whip,” Haine said. “I have previously served on all of these committees, and I know that my experience will be needed as we tackle the problems that face the state.”

The Insurance Committee handles bills relating to the insurance industry in Illinois. It hears proposed laws that regulate different insurance programs for both the public and private sectors. As the chair, Haine is responsible for scheduling the committee’s meetings, managing its 14 members and representing the committee to the Senate.

The scope of the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee is twofold. First, the committee’s 11 members are responsible for hearing proposed legislation that relates to any profession that requires a state license. These professions include: accountants, barbers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, realtors, most medical-related professions and many others. The second responsibility of the committee is to field legislation regulating the state’s pension system, which has increased importance because of the current pension crisis.

“Solving Illinois’s pension crisis has to be everyone’s first priority, and on the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee, I plan on listening to input from all sides while we proceed with the numerous options before us,” Haine said.

The 10-member Criminal Law Committee hears proposed bills relating to the criminal branch of Illinois’s legal system. The committee’s scope includes law enforcement regulations, rules for state’s attorneys and legislation pertaining to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Haine brings a specialized background to this committee; prior to serving in the Senate he had been elected four times as Madison County’s state’s attorney.

The Senate Judiciary Committee handles legislation relating to the civil branch of the state’s legal system. The committee is currently made up of 12 members and is responsible for regulation of non-criminal law.

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