On Veterans’ Day at the Illinois State Fair, a number of pieces of Veteran's legislation were signed into law by Governor Rauner.  Representative Bourne was a supporter of one new law that will help troubled Veterans get their lives back on track.  This law will require the Chief Judge of every judicial circuit in Illinois to establish a Veterans and Service Member Court program.  This bill was an initiative of the Montgomery County Veterans’ Assistance Commission and brought to Bourne’s attention at her Veteran’s Advisory Board meeting by this local organization.
Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) sponsored legislation to create a Youth Trapping License in an effort to promote trapping statewide.   The bill, SB2410, passed the Illinois House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday.  Effective January 1, 2017, the new law allows residents 18 years old and younger to legally trap in the state.

With this Youth Trapping License, the holder must trap under the close supervision of a parent, grandparent, or guardian who is 21 or older and has a valid Illinois trapping license.  The young person simply applies to the Department of Natural Resources and submits a $7 fee to obtain their license.

“Learning under an experienced trapper will serve as ‘on-the-job training’ for these kids,” said Bourne.  “Evidence shows that if a youth starts hunting or trapping early in their life there is a higher likelihood they will continue to participate as an adult.  This legislation is subsequently promoting the sport for years to come.”
State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is partnering with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to host a Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention Seminar in Carlinville. The Seminar will take place on Friday, September 16th, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, 220 North Broad Street.
 
In an effort to protect hunters from hearing damage, Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) co-sponsored Senate Bill 206 this legislative session. SB206 was an attempt to remove the prohibition on the use of a suppressor or other device to muffle the sound of gun fire. This noise can permanently damage hearing, even if the shooter is wearing ear plugs or muffs.The legislation states that a suppressor, allowed under the National Firearms Act, can be used on a handgun when on a shooting range. While hunting, an individual would be able to use the suppressor on long arm guns.