Springfield….Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) was recently joined in Springfield by White County resident Valinda Rowe to provide testimony before the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee.  Reis and Rowe discussed SB 1524, a bill to ease concealed carry restrictions on active duty military members.

“The way the law reads now, nonresident active military personnel who are stationed in Illinois cannot apply for a concealed carry permit,” Reis said. “These are the same individuals who are defending our country yet they cannot defend themselves with a concealed carry option.”
Illinois does not offer reciprocity or recognition of concealed carry licenses with any other state.

In order to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois, a non-law enforcement individual must hold an Illinois Concealed Carry License.

Reis says SB 1524 would simply allow these military personnel the right to apply for a concealed carry permit just like Illinois residents.

“We trust our soldiers to carry weapons in defense of our country. These folks should not be denied the right to an Illinois permit because of an unintended consequence of our four year old law,” Reis said.

Reis says the purpose of the subject matter hearing was to educate the members of the Committee on the need for a change in Illinois law. The bill remains in Committee awaiting a vote as end of session discussions continue.

The legislation can be found at www.ilga.gov
Rep. Reis and Mike and Valinda Rowe of Carmi following testimony before the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee

Springfield….Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) cast a resounding no vote on Tuesday when on a bill that would radically expand access to elective, taxpayer-funded abortions. HB 40 on Tuesday. Reis spoke against the abortion-on-demand legislation, citing moral objections and the potential for explosive future cost increases to Medicaid.
“I am a proud pro-life legislator,” Reis said. “I have stood on this House floor many times before in defense of the rights of the unborn and will continue to do so. Our taxpayer dollars should not be used in this way. The people of Illinois should not be forced to subsidize the termination of the innocent lives of the unborn.”
During debate questioning, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) admitted that the bill will expand the use of Medicaid to pay for elective abortions. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has estimated that the bill could result in an extra $60 million of Medicaid spending to cover abortions per year.
“The bill’s sponsor admitted that the bill allows women to choose abortions for any reason, during any stage of pregnancy,” Reis said. “This law would allow for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand. Our budget crisis alone should be enough to convince people to reject this kind of law. We can’t afford to spend one more dollar, let alone $60 million more for this barbaric practice.”
Also on Tuesday, hundreds of women descended on Springfield to march in support of equal pay for women, expanded abortion access, and a host of other issues. Reis says he was discouraged by the callous lack of self-awareness shown by the supporters of HB 40 and the women rallying at the Capitol on Tuesday.
“I found it incredibly sad that on ‘Women’s Day’ in Springfield, this kind of bill was debated,” Reis said. “There was no recognition by the sponsors of this bill or the marchers that millions of women’s lives were never even begun because abortion ended their lives. As a society, we are called to protect the most vulnerable among us. I believe to my core that protecting unborn children is of the highest of callings.”

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Springfield....State Representative David Reis (R - Willow Hill) is pictured here with Carmi resident and newly crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA Olivia Bohleber. Bohleber was in Springfield on Thursday February 16 to visit with lawmakers and share her platform. Olivia is currently a junior at Carmi High School. She is actively involved in cheerleading, track and field, Girls' Athletic Club, Student Council, KEY Club, STEM Club, Math Team, and the Maroon Platoon. As part of her duties as Miss Illinois Teen USA, Olivia is advocating on behalf of Operation Christmas Child and the Warriors for Ross Foundation which helps children suffering from pancreatic cancer.

"I want to thank Olivia for sharing time with us in Springfield and for visiting the House floor," Reis said. "Her resume is quite impressive already and the future is bright for her. I am very proud to have Miss Illinois Teen USA as a resident of my district. She is an excellent ambassador for the issues she cares so deeply about and I wish her the best of luck during this year of her reign."