SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new panel will advise state agencies and officials on the needs of Asian American families under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, which received approval from the House Human Services Committee on Wednesday.
“Our state is strengthened by the social and economic contributions made by Asian Americans, and we need to make sure that the state is protecting their well-being,” said Mah. “This legislation aims to bring together experts with knowledge of human services, community development and economic policy to improve programs and services designed to improve the quality of life of Asian American families.”
Mah’s House Bill 3217 creates the Asian American Family Commission to advise Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois lawmakers on ways to improve and expand existing policies, services, programs and opportunities for Asian American families. Among other responsibilities, the 15-member commission will monitor legislation and assist state agencies in developing and implementing programs to address the needs of Asian Americans living in Illinois. Following initial appointments by the governor and legislative leaders, members will serve three-year terms.
“A family commission already exists for both African-Americans and Latinos, and it makes sense that one should exist for the Asian American community as well, which numbers almost 700,000 residents in Illinois,” said Mah. “I appreciate the opportunity to address barriers faced by Asian Americans as the size and influence of this community continues to grow.”
Mah is serving her second term representing the 2nd District, which includes the Chicago neighborhoods of McKinley Park, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards. For more information, please contact Mah’s district office at 872-281-5775.