JOLIET, Ill. – Steps to help reduce costs for families and seniors and expand workers’ rights, including smart provisions to improve public safety, are among the achievements state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., (D-Elwood), is highlighting from this spring legislative session.

“I’m honored to bring real results to my community,” said Walsh. “These past few months, I’ve been fighting for fair legislation down in Springfield to benefit folks not just in my corner, but statewide. I look forward to continuing this important work and taking the tough stuff head-on as we weigh policy options for the next legislative session.”

Working to alleviate the strain of inflation and rising costs put on families and seniors on fixed incomes, Walsh pushed for major reforms to bring down costs and help make ends meet. Walsh was integral in demanding property tax relief for seniors by sponsoring legislation (House Bill 2529, House Bill 3511) to increase the senior exemption cap and address incentive hindrances by removing application deadlines.

“It’s time we do more for those in our community that have contributed to the livelihood and longevity of this state for decades,” said Walsh. “I pledge to keep fighting for legislation that encapsulates this. Although we did not receive the support necessary to move this critical legislation forward, I plan on continuing to advocate for fair and inclusive policy that helps our seniors living on fixed incomes lead fulfilling lives.”

Additionally, Walsh worked to pass Senate Bill 1289, establishing the regulatory framework needed to bring “carbon capture” to Illinois — a significant job creation effort that will help reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

“We’re taking a smart approach to environmental concerns by regulating carbon capture and storage while still protecting landowner rights,” said Walsh. “We’re promoting a balanced approach with this bill, which seeks to cut harmful emissions, emphasize community safety, and ensure fair compensation for property owners across the state.”

In efforts to modernize and enforce safety and regulatory standards for excavation near underground facilities, Walsh’s House Bill 5546 will require a JULIE membership for owners or operators of underground facilities, which clarifies responsibilities and accountability standards to prevent accidental damage in this critical industry.

“By requiring compliance with JULIE, we’re ensuring safer and more efficient excavation practices,” said Walsh. “This bill, which received support from both chambers, will help prevent damage to essential underground facilities, protect public safety, and enhance accountability and transparency in utility management here in Illinois.”

In tandem with enhancing worker’s protections, Walsh led Senate Bill 3649 to create the Worker Freedom of Speech Act, which protects workers from being penalized for foregoing employer-sponsored meetings or listening to communications about the employer’s political or religious opinions.

“This key piece of legislation is foundational to workers’ rights. Employees should feel empowered to make their own decisions regarding political or religious matters without fear of retribution,” said Walsh. “This bill will protect employees from being forced into inappropriate political or religious discussions at work, ensuring their rights and fostering a fair, respectful workplace.”

Rep. Lawrence Walsh, JrRep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr

86th District
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