Representative La Ha’s Latest

Thank you for reading my newsletter! This week, I’m going to tell you about the legislation I co-sponsored that has passed both houses and is heading to the Governor’s desk. These are bills I’m very proud of and am confident will impact our communities for the better.

I’m looking forward to everything going on in our communities this summer. I know that together, we can bring about positive change.

Passed Both Houses

Fentanyl Education: HB 4219: Would require at least one unit in State-required health courses for grades 6 through 8 to include instruction, study, and discussion on the dangers of fentanyl.

Information Protection: HB 4447: Would make the practice of soliciting an extended warranty for a motor vehicle through the mail unlawful.

Less Taxation: SB 3476: Would make home-delivered meals to Medicare or Medicaid recipients paid by an intermediary under a government contract exempt from taxation.

Workers’ Rights: SB 2770: Would allow construction workers to be employed by multiple employers simultaneously.

Mammography Services: SB 3547: Would require every operator of a radiation installation at which mammography services are provided to ensure that patients receive a specified printed or digital pamphlet published by the Department of Public Health outlining methods for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Added Insurance Benefits: SB 3599: Provides that a group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or a managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2026, shall provide coverage to an eligible recipient for medically necessary mobile integrated health care services.

Protecting Minors: HB 4350: Would require certain businesses and establishments to post a notice developed by DCFS that is aimed toward children under 18 and provides information on what constitutes physical and sexual abuse and how to report such abuse.

Inclusion for Disabled Adults: SB 1089:  Would require the owner or operator of each State-owned building to install and maintain in that building at least one adult changing station.

First Responders: SB 3538: Would require that insurance provided by a Fire Protection District to First Responders include mental health counseling without any cost-sharing requirement.

Have All Voted Who Wish Podcast

In December of last year, I started my legislative service in the Illinois General Assembly. However, my desire to serve her community began long before then. My heart to serve emerged in childhood and has led me on a path to helping the most vulnerable in my community, first as a volunteer and then as an elected official. In 2020, I was elected to the Homer Glen Village Board of Trustees. Three years later I was appointed to serve the 82nd District in the Illinois House of Representatives. As a lawmaker in the Illinois General Assembly, I continue my strong advocacy for parental empowerment, putting people first when making fiscal decisions and improving inclusivity and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

Listen to my story on the podcast, Have All Voted Who Wish.

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Lowering Costs for Families

High taxes and wasteful spending have been driving families out of the state in search of better opportunities. I’m advocating to reduce the financial burden on families by supporting key pieces of legislation aimed at lowering costs for Illinoisans.

I believe that by reducing taxes on essentials such as diapers, food, medications, and energy, we can help alleviate some of the financial burdens on members of our community. I will continue to fight for policies that make it more affordable to live and thrive in Illinois.

One of those bills is HR 24, which fights against taxing retirement income, making it easier for retirees to stay in Illinois. Additionally, I’ve co-sponsored HB 4307 and HB 2336, which would reduce taxes on diapers, baby wipes, as well as certain foods and medications, providing much-needed relief for families.

I’ve also voted to extend energy relief programs for low-income residents through HB 4471, preventing spikes in energy bills that could have adversely affected vulnerable populations.

I have also supported healthcare cost reduction efforts by backing Governor Pritzker’s insurance reform bill through HB 5395, working to address consumer concerns in the healthcare sector. Additionally, I fought for lowering day care center costs by supporting lower taxes for their facilities through HB 4229.

Summer Events

Don’t forget to check out one of my events this summer! I’d love to see you there!