SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, to require appointments be made to the Task Force on Opportunities for At-Risk Women passed the House Friday with bipartisan support.

“Last session a task force was planned to look at women who are defined as at-risk based on a number of factors,” Wallace said.  “Today’s bill will form the task force, so that it may begin the work of reviewing policy to improve opportunity for women of all backgrounds.”

House Bill 457 mandates that appointments be made to the task force within 60 days of its passage into law, and will require the group to meet quarterly. The task force will focus on at-risk women, who are defined as individuals at greater risk due to the factors of poverty, abuse, addiction, financial challenges, illiteracy and other causes. Task force members will be charged with reviewing ways that state policy can affect these factors. Members of the review group will be appointed by the governor, legislative leaders and state agency leads.

“This task force is a process to look at ways to reduce poverty and improve opportunity for residents across the state,” Wallace said.  “There are often a number of underlying factors that cause inequality, it’s important to make sure we’re addressing them.”

House Bill 457 now heads to the Senate, and will be sponsored by state Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford.

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.

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