Dear Friend,

First off, I want to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone that took the time to email, private message, call, and yes, even send handwritten letters to my office, regarding HB 4117, the so-called ‘bump stock’ ban.

As a long-time gun owner and staunch Second Amendment supporter, I will always fight against egregious attempts to infringe on gun owners’ rights.

Unfortunately, every day that the legislature is in session in Illinois, law abiding gun owners must be on alert and ready to protect their constitutionally guaranteed rights. HB 4117 is a bill that was sold as a response to the recent horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.

In reality, the bill would make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners and threaten the very existence of the Sparta World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Southern Illinois.

The Sparta Shooting Complex hosts multiple shooting contests throughout the year. These events draw thousands of visitors to our region. The economic impact of the Sparta Shooting Complex is estimated to be $24 million per year for Southern Illinois. Competitive marksmen often make modifications to their weapons to increase firing speeds and boost accuracy. HB 4117 would have outlawed many of these modifications in Illinois.

I spoke against the bill during debate on the House floor. You can watch my remarks by clicking the link to my YouTube video below.


As I noted in my remarks, I am also opposed to this bill because it would infringe on the ability of disabled individuals to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. It should go without saying that turning thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Illinois into criminals is not good public policy. I am proud to have stood against this overreaching gun-grab and I am glad that it was defeated. The bill failed after earning only 48 votes.

WXAN Radio interview 
I joined Will Stephens of WXAN Radio for a wide ranging discussion following the conclusion of the first week of Veto Session. We talked about gun legislation, debt transparency, unfunded mandates, right-to-work, and more.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – Terri Bryant and Will Stephens on WXAN Radio October 26, 2017

Addressing Identity Theft – Removing the Fee to Freeze/Unfreeze Credit Reports 
In response to the recently announced data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, the House took up HB 4095 that prohibits credit reporting agencies from charging consumers a fee for placing a freeze on their credit reports.

Freezing your credit report is sometimes a smart move, especially if you fear that your identity has been compromised. A credit report freeze will stop banks and other creditors from issuing a line of credit or approving a loan of any kind to someone that isn’t you. The United States’ Federal Trade Commission has a wealth of valuable information you can access to learn more about what credit freezes can do to help protect your financial viability.

To learn more about freezing your credit report, please click here.

HB 4095 would also prohibit credit agencies from charging a fee to consumers to unfreeze their reports if they want to obtain a loan or conduct some other financial transaction that requires access to the reports. I voted Yes and strongly support this measure.

The bill cleared the House with unanimous support and now moves to the Senate.

Debt Transparency 
During floor action on Wednesday, the House voted to override Governor Rauner’s veto of HB 3649. The bill addresses the issues of state debt and transparency. The measure requires state agencies to inform the Comptroller of the bills that they hold that have not yet been transmitted to the Comptroller’s office for payment.

Reasons for delays in forwarding bills to the Comptroller vary from agency to agency, but the result of these delays is that we never truly know just how much money the state owes in unpaid bills.

The purpose of HB 3649 is to gain a more complete understanding of just how much money the State of Illinois owes to vendors, contractors, and service providers at any given time.

As we move forward into the next legislative session, it will be necessary for the General Assembly, the Governor, and all Constitutional officers and state agencies to know exactly how much we owe in unpaid bills and how much debt is waiting at the state agencies in order to craft a responsible and balanced budget.

The Governor’s veto was unanimously overridden by a 112-0 vote. The override motion is likely to be considered by the Senate during the second week of veto session which happens Tuesday November 7th through Thursday November 9th.

IDES Veterans Job Fair comes to Mt. Vernon 
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that it will host a job fair for veterans on Thursday, November 2nd in Mt. Vernon.

This is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with individuals that are looking for a job. It is also a great opportunity for veterans to connect with employers that have job openings. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please find details listed below.

What: Veterans Job Fair
When: Thursday, November 2nd - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Rolland Lewis Community Building  - 800 Block of South 27th Street

Stay Connected! 
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!
Springfield....On the final day of the first week of veto session, State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted no on a sweeping gun regulation bill that she says goes too far. Bryant, a long-time gun owner and staunch 2nd Amendment supporter, says she was not surprised by the gun-grab by Chicago Democrats that control the Illinois House.

“Unfortunately, every day that the legislature is in session in Illinois, law abiding gun owners must be vigilant to protect their constitutionally guaranteed rights,” Bryant said. “HB 4117 is a bill that was sold to us as a response to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. In reality, the bill makes criminals out of law abiding gun owners and threatens the very existence of the Sparta Shooting Complex in Southern Illinois.”

The Sparta Shooting Complex hosts multiple shooting contests throughout the year. The economic impact of the Sparta Shooting Complex is estimated to be $24 million per year for Southern Illinois. Marksmen and target and sport shooting enthusiasts often make modifications to their weapons to increase their accuracy and firing speeds.

Bryant spoke against the bill during debate on the House floor. She noted that trigger modifications are sometimes made to assist disabled hunters and sport shooters in their gun-related pursuits.

“This bill unfairly targets law abiding citizens and it also has other unintended consequences,” Bryant said. “I am also opposed to this bill because we’re talking about taking away the ability of disabled individuals to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. Turning thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Illinois into criminals is not good public policy. I am proud to have stood against this overreaching gun-grab and I am glad that it was defeated today.”

The bill failed after earning only 48 votes.

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Dear Friend,

Next week, the House will return to Springfield for week one of Veto Session. The Veto Session gives Representatives and Senators a chance to exercise a 'check and balance' on the Executive Branch.
As the direct representatives of the people, the legislature is called upon by the Constitution to draft and pass legislation. The Governor then either signs bills that pass into law, vetoes them in their entirety, or offers an amendatory veto that makes certain changes to the underlying legislation. The General Assembly then decides whether to override or accept any changes the Governor has made to each vetoed bill.

This coming year, every member of the House of Representatives and the Governor will be on the ballot for re-election. During election years, Speaker Madigan historically has chosen to stifle progress on major issues to try to avoid controversy for his members. This year though, the dynamic of the personal and professional relationship between Speaker Madigan and Governor Rauner is likely to take center stage, as speculation has it that highly dramatic and divisive votes will be taken during the Veto Session.

I write this to simply offer fair warning that we can expect an increase in the number of attempts by Speaker Madigan to try to embarrass and harm Republicans and the Governor by pushing divisive wedge issues and wildly radical progressive legislative items.

As of now, the legislature is scheduled for Veto Session Tuesday, October 24th through Thursday, October 26th of next week and will return Tuesday, November 7th through Thursday, November 9th.
As I have done in the past, I will keep you updated on the status of important bills as they move through the legislative process. This Veto Session will be one to pay close attention to, as it will serve as an indicator of the political tone you should expect to see during the regular Session that begins in January of 2018.

PETITION DRIVE - No Taxpayer Funding for Barack Obama's Library!
Getting a budget was just the first step on the long road to economic recovery for the State of Illinois.  The impact of the budget impasse was far-ranging and the economic mountain we have to climb is incredibly high. 
To ensure long-term stability and viability, the State of Illinois must stick to a strict fiscal diet in the coming years. With that being said, we must remain vigilant and opposed when Speaker Madigan tries to spend money that we don't have. That time is now!  
Just last week, Madigan again suggested that taxpayer dollars should be diverted for the purpose of funding the Barack Obama Presidential Library project in Chicago. Join me and tell Mike Madigan "No Tax Dollars for the Obama Library."

Simply click the link below to download and print the petition and start circulating it in your community! 


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxYdPFRAMDCudnluQ2ZVdWhFTkNDR0JyT1RQN2l2ZkF3VUhV/view?usp=sharing
In the News

Murphysboro IYC Repurposing Project
Many of you may be aware that I have been working very hard to get the former Illinois Youth Center reopened in Murphysboro and repurposed as an adult offender re-entry program facility. The news media has commemorated the one-year anniversary of Governor Rauner pledging to open the facility with a news story that broke just this morning.

I want to assure my constituents that I am in constant contact with officials from the administration and officials within the Department of Corrections in regard to the reopening of this facility. I am pushing hard to get the facility reopened as soon as possible. The closure of the IYC at Murphysboro was just one of former Governor Pat Quinn's major blunders. It is time to fix his mistake and help put people back to work in Southern Illinois. To catch up on the latest news on the Murphysboro facility reopening, please visit the link below:

Teacher Tax Credits
Another story from The Southern Illinoisan this week highlights a tax credit available for public school administrators and teachers in the State of Illinois. Did you know that Illinois teachers can earn a tax credit of up to $250 when using their own money to purchase supplies for their classrooms?

The credit is available to teachers, principals, and teacher's aides that work at least 900 hours in an Illinois public school.
Click here to read the story!

IDES Veterans Job Fair comes to Mt. Vernon
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that it will host a job fair for veterans on Thursday, November 2nd in Mt. Vernon.

This is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with individuals that are looking for a job. It is also a great opportunity for veterans to connect with employers that have job openings. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please find details listed below.

What: Veterans Job Fair
When: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Where: Rolland Lewis Community Building
              Veterans Memorial Park
              800 Block of South 27th Street
              Mt. Vernon, IL. 62864

Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!


Dear Friend,

This week was another busy one in the 115th district. Throughout  my travels, I have been glad to hear from so many of you as you express your concerns and opinions on the workings of State government. The number one issue I am currently hearing about is the recent signing of HB 40, which makes taxpayer funded abortion the law of the land in Illinois. As you know, I am adamantly pro-life, and I completely oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion services. Please read below to learn about steps the House Republicans are taking to repeal key provisions of the recently signed law. I have news on that issue and more in this week's E News. Thank you for reading!

Sponsoring a Bill to Repeal Taxpayer Funded Abortions  
This week I signed on as a chief co-sponsor of HB 4114. The bill would repeal taxpayer funding for abortion procedures in Illinois.

I am proud to stand behind HB 4114 as a chief co-sponsor in the House. The use of taxpayer funds to assist in partial birth abortions, or abortion procedures of any kind at any time of pregnancy for any reason is abhorrent. I've heard from hundreds of my constituents that have reached out to me to express their utter disgust at the signing of HB 40 and the use of taxpayer funds for procedures that many folks, including myself, find immoral and reprehensible.

The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is based on the model of the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions other than in cases of rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Abortions under these circumstances constitute roughly 1% of all abortions. Federal law already requires states to provide Medicaid abortions under these three conditions, and the proposed Act recognizes those federal provisions.

When we return to Springfield, I will be urging my colleagues in the majority party to allow HB 4114 to be voted on. I will keep you updated on this issue as Veto Session approaches.

PFC Tyler Iubelt Memorial Highway Ceremony
On Wednesday, I was extremely humbled and proud to have the opportunity to address residents of Tamaroa, greater Perry County, and students from St. Ann's Catholic School in Nashville and Tamaroa Grade School, as well as the family of fallen hero PFC Tyler Iubelt today at a very special ceremony.

I joined Senator Paul Schimpf and Representative Jerry Costello in presenting a Resolution renaming a section of Rte. 51 as the PFC Tyler Iubelt Memorial Highway. PFC Iubelt gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country in Afghanistan in November of 2016.

Thank you to everyone that came out to honor this brave hero and his family. May he rest in peace. God bless our service men and women and their families. Thank you all for your service to our country.



DuQuoin Community Service Program
I joined DuQuoin High School Seniors as they prepared to spend the day picking up trash all over DuQuoin. The students are required to complete 15 hours of service in their community in order to graduate.

This is a great program and I want to applaud the school and the students for the pride they are taking in the DuQuoin community.



Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!


Murphysboro….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced on Thursday that she has signed on as a sponsor of HB 4114. The bill would repeal taxpayer funding for abortion procedures in Illinois. Recently, Governor Bruce Rauner became the first governor in the history of the United States of America to lend his signature to a law legalizing taxpayer funded abortions at any stage of pregnancy for any reason.


"I am proud to stand behind HB 4114 as a chief co-sponsor in the House," Bryant said. "The use of taxpayer funds to assist in partial birth abortions, or abortion procedures of any kind at any time of pregnancy for any reason is abhorrent. I've heard from hundreds of my constituents that have reached out to me to express their utter disgust at the signing of HB 40 and the use of taxpayer funds for procedures that many folks, including myself, find immoral and reprehensible."



Bryant says the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is based on the model of the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions other than in cases of rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Abortions under these circumstances constitute roughly 1% of all abortions. Federal law already requires states to provide Medicaid abortions under these three conditions, and the proposed Act recognizes those federal provisions.

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Dear Friend,

I want to take this opportunity to celebrate a blessed personal milestone in my marriage. My husband Rick and I celebrated our 36 year wedding anniversary this past Tuesday. Rick and I are the proud parents of two great kids and grandparents of 4.

To show Rick just how much I truly love and appreciate him as a husband, father, and God fearing man, I want to share with you a "then and now" picture of us. I love you, Rick. Happy Anniversary!

Traveling the 115th District
This week I was all over the district attending a variety of events.

During this break from the legislative Session, it is important for me to visit with my constituents face to face to hear them out and help them along with any problems they are having with how State government is working for them. I look forward to seeing you out in the district and hearing what you have to say! Stay tuned for announcements on more town hall meetings coming up next week!

Veto Session is now just a couple of weeks away, with speculation growing in advance of tough votes yet to come this year. I will provide a Veto Session preview and update as the action unfolds.

Bald Eagle Injured on 9/11 Makes Recovery and is Released
For those of you who have been following the story of the bald eagle that was struck by a car a few weeks ago at Crab Orchard Lake, there is great news to share. She has recovered from her injuries and I had the pleasure of attending her release ceremony. Although she was a little apprehensive at first, this majestic bird eventually found her bearings and soared to the tree tops. I want to offer a special thanks to Scott Ballard from IDNR and the special ladies at Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation in Carterville for nursing the eagle back to health and handling her release.




Dix Traveling Office Hours - Traveling Help Desk Series


My traveling help desk series continued in Dix on Monday. We actually had an impromptu town hall meeting and legislative update as well! Thank you to those residents that came out to hear more on the issues we are facing as a state. I will be announcing more opportunities for you to attend my Traveling Help Desk series throughout the rest of 2017!

Principal for a Day - Bluford and Waltonville
I had a fantastic time spending the day with elementary students in Bluford and Waltonville this past week as I served as "Principal for a Day".

I did morning announcements, explained to the students how a bill becomes law, and took questions from them on a wide range of topics.

You never know what students are going to ask so you have to be on your toes! October is actually National Principal's Month. If you have a moment, take time this month to tell the principal at your child's school "Thank You!" for all they do to provide a safe and fun learning environments for our school children. Thank You principals!


Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!