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Lightford041519 4SPRINGFIELD – Schools with high numbers of student discipline incidents would be eligible for grants to help reduce the use of suspensions under legislation led by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

“Time spent in the classroom is vital for our students,” Lightford said. “Supporting programs that address our children’s wellbeing holistically will help deal with behavioral issues and create a better learning environment for all students.”

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Establishes a Racial Impact Note and prohibits racial discrimination of state employees

Lightford041519 3SPRINGFIELD – Minority communities would have more information on the effects proposed legislation could have on their community under a measure led by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

Members of the General Assembly would be able to file a Racial Impact Note to any piece of legislation, requiring state agencies to respond with an estimate of the possible effect on minority communities. When considering legislation, lawmakers may file a variety of such notes highlighting certain concerns, such as a Fiscal Impact Note.

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child 1439468 1920SPRINGFIELD – Children taken into protective custody under suspicion of abuse could soon take part in a forensic interview without parental consent as a result of legislation by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

Senate Bill 1418, approved by the Senate on Friday, addresses issues in cases where an abused minor’s parents do not wish for the child to participate in a criminal investigation that may implicate a family member or close friend.

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