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SPRINGFIELD… A bill sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) was signed by Governor Rauner on Friday.  The bill was drafted to protect Fire Protection Districts against default annexations.

House Bill 5610, signed into law as Public Act 99-837, provides that the Trustees of a Fire Protection District must vote to approve the additional territory before taking on the responsibility for the fire protection services of a municipality, after that city or town has dissolved its own fire department. This legislation was designed to ensure that a Fire Protection District can successfully fulfill the additional duties when a fire department dissolves with the intent of transferring its fire service to an adjacent fire district.  Under current law, by referendum, a municipality may dissolve its fire department.  Although it is likely in the event of a dissolution that an agreement has been reached for an alternative source of fire service with a nearby district, it is not required by law.  Under this legislation the fire district, as a taxing body, has the ability to protect its taxpayers from being forced to accept territory annexations without prior approval by the fire district trustees of the district that will be responsible for serving the additional territory.

House Bill 5610 was an initiative of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts. Chuck Vaughn, Representative for the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, said, “Rep. Moffitt has again stepped up to meet a need of the Illinois Fire Protection Districts.  As many may be aware, there may be instances where a municipality, using a referendum, eliminates its fire department.  In the unlikely occurrence, the fire protection district chosen to replace the fire department, shall only do so by an affirmative action of its Board.  This will ensure that no district is asked to provide a service without having accepted that responsibility.”

“Some would be surprised that Rep. Moffitt was able to do this.  The fire districts were not surprised.  Every time we need him, he’s there for us,” continued Vaughn.


Governor Bruce Rauner Signing Legislation to Create a Sign Program Honoring Heritage Agribusinesses in Illinois while Rep. Charlie Meier(R-Highland) and Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) look on during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair on August 16.






SPRINGFIELD… A bill introduced by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) was signed by Governor Rauner at Agriculture Day at the State Fair on Tuesday. The legislation will honor agribusinesses operating in the State of Illinois continuously for 100 years or more under the same name or ownership.

HB 4318 provides that the Illinois Department of Agriculture may sell, at cost, to qualified applicants, signs designating agribusinesses which have been operating for 100 consecutive years or more, and other signs for those agribusinesses in existence for 150 or more consecutive years.

“Agribusiness is a large part of Illinois’ economy. This is a way to recognize and honor those heritage agribusinesses in operation for 100 years of continual business, or even for 150 or more years,” said Rep. Don Moffitt. “Agriculture is the #1 industry in Illinois, and agribusinesses that have been operating in Illinois for 100 years or more have been an important part of making agriculture the #1 industry. They have helped to contribute to the stability of our agricultural economy.”

Rep. Moffitt went on to say, “In a time characterized by so much economic turmoil, surviving as a business for 100 years is a real testament to the hardworking owners in the agribusiness industry.  This program is a way to recognize, honor and thank agribusinesses, both large and small, for the jobs they provide, the economic activity they create and the quality of life they help us maintain.  They are worthy of being recognized for this accomplishment.”




SPRINGFIELD… Two bills strongly backed by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) were signed into law by Governor Rauner during Veterans Day at the State Fair on Sunday. Included in the bill signings was a bill sponsored by Moffitt to allow students an excused absence for sounding ‘taps’ at military honors ceremonies held in the State of Illinois for deceased veterans, as well as a bill Moffitt co-sponsored to greatly expand the use of Veterans Courts in Illinois.

House Bill 4432 was inspired by Jack Bumann, a senior this coming year at Alwood High School in Woodhull, Illinois, in Henry County. Jack estimates that he has played at the funerals of about two dozen fallen soldiers.  Bumann suggested the legislation to Rep. Moffitt.  Bumann, who was in attendance at the State Fair Bill Signing Ceremony, described the significance of his involvement at military honors funerals, saying, “It really . . . it hits you when you hear it (“Taps”). You realize what it means and how many times it’s been played for how many different fallen soldiers. It's a big part of our nation’s history.”

“The most important reason for passage of HB 4432 was to help make available to any family mourning the loss of a soldier or veteran, the option of having ‘Taps’ played as a live tribute as opposed to a recording,” said Moffitt. “The signing of HB 4432 helps deliver an added level of honor and respect for the military person who has passed. Additionally, the playing of ‘Taps’ by a high school student at a military service is an excellent civics lesson for the student. It is a reminder that freedom is not free; it is only preserved by the service and dedication of our American soldiers.”



SPRINGFIELD… A bill sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) to protect Fire District investments was signed by Governor Rauner on Friday. 

House Bill 6041 addressed an issue several fire protection districts have faced in Illinois, wherein a territory disconnects from the district causing a 25% or more loss in revenues to the district due to the loss of tax base, in some cases in a territory where significant investments had been made in the disconnected territory by the Fire Protection District.  Under Moffitt’s legislation, if a territory petitions for disconnection and causes a 25% loss of revenue (currently 15% under previous law), then the petition shall be dismissed because of the significant injury that would be caused to the District.  Under this legislation, all voters of the fire protection district will have an opportunity to vote on the taking of territory (property) from the District instead of just the voters living within territory in question.

House Bill 6041 was an initiative of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts. Chuck Vaughn, Representative for the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, said, “This bill was the subject of vigorous negotiations between Representative Moffitt, the fire districts, and the Governor. They have arrived at a compromise which gives stability when a partial taking of a district is considered.  This sets up a single set of rules and obligations to be practiced statewide.  This protects the right of every person in the district that may lose property to be able to vote on that issue.”



SPRINGFIELD… Legislation sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) and passed by the General Assembly to allow genetic counseling without a physician’s referral was recently signed by Governor Bruce Rauner.

“This is an exciting bill that will help make genetic counseling more accessible, take less time and lower health care costs for patients,” said Rep. Moffitt.  “Further, this will allow patients to be more proactive about their health and the health of their families.”

Genetic counseling is the process by which patients or relatives at risk of an inherited genetic disorder are advised of the consequences and nature of the disorder, the probability of developing or transmitting it, and the options open to them by reducing the risks of developing disorders or management and treatment of those disorders. 

Prior to Rep. Moffitt’s legislation, state law provided that genetic counselors may only provide services to a patient if the patient has a referral from a physician.  With the increased development of this field of study since 2003, many physicians believe removal of this referral step will improve patients’ access to care and the overall practice environment.  Often, public health departments in rural areas come in contact with clients who have a genetic condition in their family and would like to gain a better understanding, but there is no physician on staff to issue a referral to a genetic counselor.

Public Act 99-0633 remedied that situation and streamlined access to genetic counseling.  Of the 21 states with laws regarding genetic counseling, Illinois was one of three that still required the physician referral.

Rep. Moffitt previously sponsored the original legislation creating the Genetic Privacy Act in 2003, around the same time the Human Genome Project completed the mapping of all Human DNA, thereby creating this new field of counseling.

Public Act 99-0633 was supported by the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, the Illinois Rural Health Association, and the Illinois Public Health Association. 
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SPRINGFIELD… A bill sponsored by State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) recently passed unanimously in both Houses and will soon be on its way to the Governor’s desk. The bill proposes legislation which will honor agribusinesses operating in the State of Illinois continuously for 100 years or more under the same name or ownership.

HB 4318 provides that the Illinois Department of Agriculture may sell, at cost, to qualified applicants, signs designating agribusinesses which have been operating for 100 years or more, and other signs for those agribusinesses in existence for 150 or more consecutive years.

“Agribusiness is a large part of Illinois’ economy. This is a way to recognize and honor those heritage agribusinesses in operation for 100 years of continual business, or even for 150 or more years,” said Rep. Don Moffitt. “Agriculture is the #1 industry in Illinois, and agribusinesses that have been operating in Illinois for 100 years or more have been an important part of making agriculture the #1 industry. They have helped to contribute to the stability of our economy.”

Rep. Moffitt went on to say, “In a time characterized by so much economic turmoil, surviving as a business for 100 years is a real testament to the hardworking owners in the agribusiness industry.  They are worthy of being recognized for the feat.”

The Illinois Department of Agriculture already has a program in place to designate “Centennial Farms” and “Sesquicentennial Farms,” but this will be the first designation program in the state specifically for Agribusinesses.

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SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) sponsored and passed legislation Thursday to allow genetic counseling without a physician’s referral.

“This is an exciting bill that will help make genetic counseling more accessible, take less time and lower health care costs for patients,” said Rep. Moffitt.  “Further, this will allow patients to be more proactive about their health and the health of their families.”

Genetic counseling is the process by which patients or relatives at risk of an inherited genetic disorder are advised of the consequences and nature of the disorder, the probability of developing or transmitting it, and the options open to them by reducing the risks of developing disorders or management and treatment of those disorders. 

Under current law, genetic counselors may only provide services to a patient if the patient has a referral from a physician.  With the increased development of this field of study since 2003, many physicians believe removal of this referral step will improve patients’ access to care and the overall practice environment.  Often, public health departments in rural areas come in contact with clients who have a genetic condition in their family and would like to gain a better understanding, but there is no physician on staff to issue a referral to a genetic counselor.

SB 2985 would remedy that situation and streamline the access to genetic counseling.  Illinois is currently one of three that have a referral requirement, while 21 states have laws regarding genetic counselors.

Rep. Moffitt previously sponsored the original legislation creating the Genetic Privacy Act in 2003, around the same time the Human Genome Project completed the mapping of the Human Genome and thereby created this new field of counseling.

SB 2985 is supported by the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, the Illinois Rural Health Association, and the Illinois Public Health Association.  SB 2985 previously passed the Illinois Senate and will now go the Governor for enactment.
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