Senator Haine Fights to Keep U.S. Steel in Granite CitySpringfield, IL – The Illinois Senate was joined by steelworkers today as they passed Senator Haine’s (D-Alton) Senate resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.

In March U.S. Steel announced it would idle its Granite City plant leading to the layoff of over 2,000 employees.

“The United States steel industry is suffering as a whole right now. I am asking the President and Congress to carefully review the national tariff policy on steel goods. Steel has been an integral part of our country and we must not let foreign imports trump U.S. - made steel,” said Haine. “The Granite City plant has been in the area for generations and is a key employer in the region. Seeing it close would be catastrophic and would have devastating effects to the families of all those employed there, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East.”

The resolution passed the Senate today and a copy will be presented to the President of the United States, vice-president, the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. Senate and the speaker and minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Excerpt from Senator Haine’s impassioned floor speech on May 5 discussing Senate Resolution 254:

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Haine responds to closure of US SteelSPRINGFIELD - Senator Haine (D-Alton) has filed a Senate resolution in response to U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will temporarily idle its Granite City plant. The closure of the plant will lead to the layoff of 2,080 workers.

“There is one word to describe this; catastrophic,” Haine said. “The closure of this plant would be a tragedy to the families of all these employees, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East. I have reached out to Senator Durbin and Governor Rauner, and I intend on voicing my concerns to the president in an effort resolve this issue. U.S. Steel needs to stay open.”

The resolution urges the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods, as well as consider all possible trade and economic policies to protect the steel industry.

A copy of the resolution will be presented to the President, Vice-President, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives.

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HaineFloorShot9SPRINGFIELD – A series of updates to Illinois’ medical marijuana program were signed into law Monday. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) sponsored this follow-up law and the 2013 law that created the program.

“A program as big and new as medical marijuana needs to be fine-tuned to ensure that it is safe, effective and free of any kind of abuses. As the program is being implemented, we are learning what adjustments are needed,” Haine said.

The new law allows the state regulators to impose additional penalties, including fines, for violation of the existing law. Originally, agencies could only revoke a violator’s license.

The law also revises criminal background checks for patients, caregivers and anyone involved in cultivation centers and dispensaries: owners, investors and employees. It ensures that applicants’ fingerprints are checked against both state and federal databases.

The updates also included a guarantee that patients charged with driving under the influence of medical cannabis will have their patient card revoked and their license suspended just as if they were charged with a DUI.

The Illinois State Police, Secretary of State, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Health and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation developed and supported these updates based on their work implementing the program.

The new law took effect immediately.

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SPRINGFIELD— State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released the following statement following the death of Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:

Judy Baar Topinka was caring, honest and capable constitutional officer and she will be deeply missed. I had the pleasure of working with her throughout the years, and I don’t believe there was anyone who disliked her.

She was unfailing gracious to everyone and a great lady.

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