JOLIET, Ill. – As she prepares for the new legislative session, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is encouraging local residents to share their ideas for new laws to improve Illinois.
“The first bill I ever passed, Adam’s Law, came from a local family that wanted families like theirs to be able to continue to place signs along the side of the road where a family member died in an accident,: Manley said. “The law that allowed these markers was about to expire, but when the family brought it to my attention we were able to make it permanent and provide families with another way to remember their loved ones.”
At the beginning of each year, legislators introduce new pieces of legislation and call on the community to share their ideas for new laws. Manley recently has worked with her Women’s Legislative Advisory Committee to introduce legislation that would help teachers and schools better help students with mental health issues.
“I learn so much about how schools, businesses and people interact with the state from conversations I have with people living in my district,” Manley said. “I encourage residents to send any ideas they have about legislation that will help families in our community and state to my office.”
Individuals can submit ideas to Manley’s office by calling 815-725-2741, or by emailing RepManley@gmail.com.