71st District students testify before Illinois House committees

SPRINGFIELD – Lauryn Russell, a homeschool senior from Mercer County, and ROWVA High School junior Lucy Kuelper testified about legislation pending before committees in the Illinois House of Representatives today. The two students were guests of State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha).

Russell spoke to the House Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee about House Bill 4274, legislation sponsored by Swanson concerning guidelines to be developed for schools if a nurse or other school personnel remove a tick from a student. She had previously spoken several times before House and Senate committees advocating for Lyme disease medical care, awareness and better treatment. HB 4274 passed the committee 14-0 and is now awaiting action on the House floor.

Later in the morning, Kuelper addressed the House Transportation Vehicles and Safety Committee about House Bill 4711, which Swanson is sponsoring to better educate motorists about Scott’s Law, the Illinois statute which requires drivers to move over or slow down when they see emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the roadside. Kuelper founded the Move Over Project five years ago to spread awareness of the importance of slowing down and moving over to keep first responders safe on roadsides. Today was her first appearance before an Illinois House committee. HB 4711 passed committee 10-0 and is on its way to the full House for further consideration.

“I enjoyed having Lauryn and Lucy in Springfield today,” Swanson said. “There is no substitute for a first-hand perspective when it comes to making the case for the merits of a bill. They both did an excellent job and really helped us to make progress on enacting these pieces of legislation.”

71st District residents can find more news about the General Assembly and information about upcoming events on Rep. Swanson’s legislative website at repswanson.com.