January 22, 2021
This is my first official full week as the senator for the 58th District. Little did I know that this time would be spent combing through the numerous controversial bills that were ramrodded through the General Assembly at all hours of the day and night during last week's lame-duck session spectacle. During the last-minute legislative push, several contentious bills were pushed through both chambers, including a major criminal justice reform bill that is essentially a backdoor “defund police” plan. Lawmakers also voted on major rewrites to existing laws, including the school code, labor laws, and an update to the recreational cannabis system.