April 27, 2018
To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois House of Representatives,
100th General Assembly:
Today I veto House Bill 1273 from the 100th General Assembly, which would have restricted certain placements of security cameras and further outlined the licensure renewal and fee provisions of Senate Bill 1657 had it become law. This bill is moot, as my total veto of the underlying legislation stands.
As a parent, and a grandparent, I can tell you – all anyone wants to know is that their family is safe. Our focus needs to be squarely on substantive public safety policies that accomplish this goal. We need to focus on really moving the needle on critical public safety issues. We need a comprehensive approach including school safety and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
These are bipartisan issues that our Legislative Public Safety Working Group has been discussing over the last several weeks. Together legislators and my office are looking at what legislation is already on the table, and identifying what more we can do to keep people safe in their homes, schools and places of worship.
Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill 1273, entitled “AN ACT concerning regulation”, with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.