Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is sponsoring legislation, House Bill 6111, to provide one-half priced concealed carry permit fees for veterans.  The discount will be applied to the cost of new licenses and renewal fees.  Currently, the cost for a new license or renewal is $150 for five years for Illinois residents. 

The concealed carry law in Illinois states that an individual must meet the following criteria to apply:

·       Applicant is at least 21 years old.

·       Has a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.

·       Has not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years.

·       Has not had 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years.

·       Are not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm.

·       Has not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.

“This bill is a way to give back to those who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” stated Rep. Bourne.  “Illinoisans are proud of their veterans and this is another way that the citizens can say ‘thank you’ to them.” 

Representative Bourne would also like to encourage veterans and all residents to call her district office in Litchfield at (217)324-5200 if they need assistance applying for a concealed carry license.  She asks that you make an appointment with her office after completing training and she looks forward to helping you obtain your license.

Rep. Bourne is joined by (l-r) Pana Police Chief Bland, Christian Co. Sheriff Kettelkamp and Chief Clinical Officer for Pana Community Hospital, Vickie Coen.  All were in attendance for the press conference in Pana to inform of the synthetic drug epidemic and the effect this legislation will have on prevention. 
Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has introduced HB 6112 which aims to strengthen and broaden the current ban on synthetic drugs in Illinois. These synthetic drugs, classified as cathinones, more commonly known as “bath salts,” are highly intoxicating and unpredictable in their effects. They were also technically legal until 2011. In 2011, in response to the increased synthetic drug epidemic nationwide, Rep. Wayne Rosenthal introduced HB 2089. This placed a ban on certain ingredients in cathinones and provided law enforcement some leverage to crack down on this epidemic.

 The dynamic nature of these synthetic drugs allows manufacturers to slightly change the chemical ingredients to get around the current ban.

 “This issue was brought to my attention by local law enforcement who explained the need for a broader, more inclusive ban on these dangerous substances. This bi-partisan, common sense legislation will allow law enforcement the necessary tools to make our communities safer. This bill broadens the banned substances and also heightens the felony charge. In addition to HB 6112, I am also proud to co-sponsor HB 3660 which allows banned substances to be added by administrative rule as the synthetic drug manufacturers adapt,” explained Bourne.

 HB 6112 has been introduced in the Illinois House and has gained bi-partisan support. It has not yet been assigned for a committee hearing.
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), furious about the lack of a state budget and seemingly empty session calendar thus far this year, joined fellow House Republicans calling for no adjournment as scheduled for the entire month of March.

Bourne's colleague, State Representative Tom Demmer (R, Dixon) called for a motion to stay in session.  Rep. Demmer went on to explain that at the conclusion of session on Thursday, Republicans made a motion to bring the legislature back the following day.

The motion, despite being completely in line with the rules, was ruled out of order with Democrat leadership scurrying quickly from the chamber to prevent debate on the issue.  The video of this exchange can be viewed below.

The photo was taken shortly after the House Democrats cleared out of the chamber despite the requests from Republicans to keep working.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who determines the session schedule, put in place a four week gap in the month of March for what many assume is political reasons.  The House is not set to be back in session until April 4th.

Do you agree with the House Republicans, given the challenges facing Illinois, that the legislature shouldn’t take a month long break during March? Tell us what you think here.

Representative Avery Bourne is holding an art contest for kindergarten through 8th grade students throughout the district.  The contest kicks off today and the deadline for entry is March 31st with the winners to be announced on April 4th, 2016.

Artwork must be made from any 2-D medium (i.e. pen, marker, etc.) on 8 ½ X 11 paper and should be the sole work of the entrant.  The theme of the work should be Illinois.  Examples of Illinois themes include but are not limited to: the state bird, the state flower, the state moto, or famous Illinoisans.  Entrants are asked to write the title of the artwork, their name, grade, and school on the back of their work.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected for Kindergarten-4th grade and 5th grade-8th grade. The first place winners in each group will have the opportunity to spend the day with Representative Bourne at the Statehouse and all winners will go on a tour of the Capitol building.  Winning artists will be recognized in the House Chambers and then have their work displayed in Rep. Bourne’s office.

This contest is a great way to recognize the artistic talents of our students and I look forward to seeing the results,” said Bourne.  All artwork is to be turned into Representative Bourne’s office at 301 N. Monroe in Litchfield by the deadline.