As we get into the swing of a new year, a new session just started in Springfield. We are working with partner organizations and lawmakers on policy priorities that support healthy lungs and clean air for all.
Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA)
Passed in 2021, CEJA sets Illinois on the path to 100% clean energy by 2050. In addition, it commits millions of dollars to quickly expand transportation electrification in Illinois. This year, we will work to make sure the new law is carried out in ways that benefit air quality and lung health in all communities across the state.
Adding E-cigarettes to the Indoor Smoke-free Law
The electronic cigarette industry has continued to dodge legislation that would add their products to the current state law. Currently, this law prevents smoking in public places and places of employment. RHA is working to add e-cigarettes to the law’s language and protect the lung health of Illinois residents along the way.
Working on New Environmental Justice Plans
RHA is working with other organizations to support the Environmental Justice Act. This new bill will protect lung health in communities receiving unfair treatment under current laws.
Additional Lung Cancer Screening Funding
Lung cancer screening saves lives. In order to protect more people, we will work to secure an additional $1 million in funding from the upcoming state budget for these important health tests.
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Finally, you can read more about some of our past advocacy successes here.