Illinois House of Representatives rSPRINGFIELD – An initiative sponsored by State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) to address the backlog of FOID card applications, which negatively affects responsible gun owners, passed out of the House on Wednesday.

“The backlog of FOID applications creates unnecessary hassles for responsible gun owners—a concern which has been raised to me by many people,” Koehler said. “It also creates extra work for the Illinois State Police, whose first priority should be keeping firearms out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others.”

The measure would help keep communities safe by enhancing existing background check protocols. Safe and responsible gun owners will have the option to voluntarily submit fingerprints to the Illinois State Police in order to obtain automatic renewals on their cards. Electronic copies of both FOID cards and concealed carry licenses will also be made available to make it easier for lawful gun owners to keep their license with them at all times.

“We have to keep our communities safe by preventing guns from falling into dangerous hands, while at the same time not infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners,” Koehler said. “This legislation helps achieve both goals.”

House Bill 562 passed the House with 75 votes.

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BudgetQuote Koehler2021 1SPRINGFIELD – In response to the passage of the state budget out of the Senate Monday morning, State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) released the following statement:

“The budget makes urgently needed investments in our local economies to help small businesses not just recover, but grow and thrive. To set Illinois families up for success in the long term, the state will also keep its promise to fully fund our public schools—a necessity, especially in light of the tremendous work put in by students and teachers alike over the past year.

“I am proud to have voted for a budget that puts local needs first.”

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053121HAO01259 rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) co-sponsored legislation lowering trailer registration fees from $118 to $36 that passed out of the Senate on Monday.

“People in my district and all across the state have struggled under disproportionately high trailer registration fees,” Koehler said. “I receive many calls from constituents on this particular issue, and I’m proud to be able to bring their concerns to the table in Springfield.”

The legislation designated all trailers that weigh 3,000 pounds or less “utility trailers” and sets the registration fee for said utility trailers at $36. This applies only to trailers primarily for personal use. If signed into law, the bill would also repeal the $10,000 cap on the trade-in vehicle sales tax credit and increase the private vehicle tax by $75 for each model year where the purchase price is less than $15,000 and $100 if the purchase price is above $15,000.

“I’m glad to be able to bring a solution to those who have expressed concern about this issue and I urge Governor Pritzker to sign this legislation into law,” Koehler said.

Senate Bill 58 passed with 58 votes.

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05312021CM1257SPRINGFIELD – All across this state, law-abiding gun owners have fallen victim to a bureaucratic backlog to renew their FOID cards—an issue that State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) aims to fix with FOID modernization legislation that he passed out of the Senate on Monday.

“One of the biggest obstacles we face with the FOID system is the enormous backlog of applications,” Koehler said. “There has to be a compromise between having a safe and effective system without making the process unnecessarily difficult for gun owners who have proven themselves to be safe and responsible. I think that this legislation accommodates both of those objectives.”

The bill seeks to protect communities by enhancing existing background checks as a means to more effectively ensure that firearms are kept out of the wrong hands. For gun owners who have proven themselves to not be dangerous, the legislation would offer the option to apply for an automatically-renewing FOID card with the voluntary submission of fingerprints. FOID cards and concealed carry licenses would also be condensed into one document and electronic copies would be made available, making it easier for gun owners to keep their license with them at any given time.

“This legislation will allow the Illinois State Police to really focus on keeping our communities safe by ensuring that firearms are kept away from people who are dangerous, both to themselves and others,” Koehler said.

House Bill 562 passed the Senate with 40 votes.

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