HaineFloorShot12SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) was reappointed to serve on two legislative bodies that are important to the Metro East. Haine will continue to be a member of the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan and Regional Planning Commission and the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee.

“I am honored to continue serving the state and the people of the Metro East on these boards,” Haine said. “Economic development and governmental coordination are important parts of improving our region and our military communities.”

The Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan and Regional Planning Commission helps local governments create comprehensive, functional plans for promoting economic development, reducing environmental impact and improving civic design in the Metro East and surrounding communities.

Haine’s work with the commission has aided improvements to the highway grid including: the Stan Musial Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, re-opening the McKinley Bridge, Illinois Route 159 and Interstate 255. Haine also sponsored legislation to bring river levees up to Federal Emergency Management Administration standards keeping the area attractive for investment and reducing insurance costs.

“Working on this commission helps me stay in touch with the needs and concerns of our cities, villages and towns while providing them with useful resources,” Haine said.

The Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee coordinates efforts between military branches, base leadership, state agencies, and defense communities.

“Through my work on this committee, I am privileged to work with the leadership of Scott Air Force Base and base commanders across the state,” Haine said.

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HaineFloorShot1SPRINGFIELD, IL – A proposal allowing the legal consumption of marijuana for medical purposes was signed into law today. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), a former prosecutor and state’s attorney, sponsored the proposal in the Senate.

“Patients afflicted by the most unbearable conditions finally have a compassionate answer to their cries for help,” Haine said. “This program alleviates suffering and provides strong safeguards against abuse.”

The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program creates a four-year program allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a legal alternative to powerful pharmaceuticals, which may have serious side effects for patients.

The program allows qualified patients with chronic diseases to use marijuana as recommended by an Illinois licensed physician. Doctor’s may recommend marijuana to treat pain resulting only from illnesses specified in the law.

The new law restricts the use of marijuana in the presence of minors, in vehicles and in public, especially near school grounds. The program requires a doctor’s written certification, registered patient photo identification cards and an electronic verification system.

“We are ensuring only those suffering from the most serious diseases receive this treatment. This law takes additional steps to prevent fraud and abuse,” Haine said.

The network of authorized growers and dispensaries as well as the verification network will take several months to a year to implement.

“As this law begins to take effect, lawmakers will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to address any new concerns: keeping medical marijuana out of the wrong hands,” Haine said.

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hainehsv1SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois is now the final state in the nation to allow concealed carry. The Senate voted 41-17 to override the Governor Pat Quinn’s veto and enacted a bipartisan, negotiated compromise.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted for the override.

“Illinois finally has a comprehensive, constitutional program allowing citizens to protect themselves in public,” Haine said. “I was proud to represent the will of my constituents and cast this final vote allowing concealed carry.”

Earlier Tuesday the House voted 77-31 to override the Quinn’s veto, the Senate voted to concur with Houses override vote, implementing House Bill 183.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) and 40 other members of the Illinois Senate voted 17-41 rejecting Senate Bill 1, a pension reform bill amended in the House.

“This version of Senate Bill 1 is blatantly unconstitutional and fundamentally unfair,” Haine said. “It would have drastically affected retirees’ lives, unfairly raised the retirement age and unconstitutionally decreased benefits, which is why I voted against it.”

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