HARRISBURG, Ill. – A new piece of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, aimed at providing fire protection to communities not within an established fire protection district recently passed both the House and Senate, and has now be sent to the governor to be signed into law.
“This piece of legislation is very important, especially for folks living in Southern Illinois,” said Phelps. “Much of the area that I represent is rural, which means that many Southern Illinoisans do not live in a municipality that provides fire protection services.”
Phelps’ measure, House Bill 2551, amends the State Fire Marshal Act and the Law Enforcement and Firefighting Medal of Honor Act. If signed into law, the bill would allow the Office of the State Fire Marshal to administer grants to communities throughout the state to help defray the cost of fire protection service. This legislation passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate with strong bipartisan support.
“I urge the governor to sign this measure, because lawmakers from throughout the state have come together to bring attention to this issue,” continued Phelps. “Folks that live in rural communities have the same right to have access to fire protection in emergencies as those that live in larger cities.”
If you have questions or for more information, please call Phelps’ constituent service office at (618) 253-4189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.