Legislative Update for June 20, 2015
Welcome to the IAHPERD Legislative Update Center
The legislative session has sort of come to end. Reports out of Springfield indicate that there may be summer school for our Illinois legislators. The governor may call the legislators back to Springfield for a special session. The IAHPERD lobbying team of Jennifer Ross, Jenni Purdue and Shana Harrison will be keeping us informed of any legislative issues that may develop over the summer.
This spring Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti has convened a task force titled Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force. This task force has a long list of topics all of which target reducing spending at various levels of government including schools. Physical education is specifically mentioned as a target area to implement mandate relief. Dr. Mary Henninger, (IAHPERD PETE committee chair) testified on our behalf at the task force meeting. Mary was able to provide convincing testimony, that has opened the door for further discussion with legislators on the task force. Mary did a great job representing IAHPERD at this important meeting. The next scheduled Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force meeting is June 24.
This summer would be a great time to schedule a visit with your local legislator. Call your legislator and set up an appointment to discuss the importance of physical education. Let them know that what we do has a positive impact learning. Now is the time to be proactive and do what we do best…..educate.