‘We have to make changes’: Jacksonville rep talks about key issues facing state

‘We have to make changes’: Jacksonville rep talks about key issues facing state

Two Illinois state representatives held a town hall meeting Thursday to address concerns about legislative business being conducted in Springfield, touching on topics including the state budget and the idea of adding sex education to schools’ curriculum. “We are almost in the middle of America and businesses want to be here,” state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, said during his opening statement. “We just have to make some changes.” After their opening statements, Davidsmeyer and state Rep. Mike Marron, R-Fithian, opened the one-hour session to’ questions. In discussing the Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification card program, the two blamed delays on a broken system, especially at a time when marijuana expungement cases with the Illinois State Police have been moving forward. “There were delays with FOID cards a year before COVID,” Marron said. Neither faulted state police for the delays but put the blame on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration. Both said they would prefer to eliminate the FOID card requirement and remove some responsibility from gun retailers. “Asking permission to use the Second Amendment is not right,” Davidsmeyer said, adding that people come from out of state to hunt and don’t have to show any sort of card, but Illinois residents do. “We’re basically second-hand citizens in our own state,” he said. The pair also addressed a bill that would require sex education to be taught in Illinois schools, from kindergarten through 12th grade, saying it’s one more thing that would keep teachers from teaching students basic subjects. “That’s the duty […]

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