Silverstein-021914 CM 0399csState Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) is introducing a plan restricting public universities from using state funds to promote political boycotts of Israel and other foreign nations.

“Boycotts of foreign nations limit students’ access to diverse, meaningful study abroad opportunities. We live in a complex, connected world—universities stand for inclusion, not narrow-mindedness,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein’s proposal removes state aid from any public university that supports boycotts of nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. The OECD is a 34-country partnership that promotes intergovernmental-relations—of which the United States and Israel are members.

Universities would be restricted from funding, joining or sending staff to any organization that is officially boycotting an OECD country.

Last December, the American Studies Association, an academic organization made up of individuals and educational institutions, adopted a resolution boycotting Israeli academic institutions.

Public universities would be allowed to boycott a foreign power if it is a state sponsor of terrorism, if the boycott is labor-related or if the boycott is protesting discriminatory practices under Illinois law.

The proposal will be added to an existing piece of legislation, Senate Bill 3017.

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3DgunIf a 3-D printer is used to build a firearm, the owner will need a firearm manufacturing license under a new proposal introduced Friday.

State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) is sponsoring legislation to bring guns built on 3-D printers under the same laws covering traditionally manufactured firearms. The plan requires a person who prints firearms or firearm components to have a federal manufacturing license.

“A gun is a gun; it doesn’t matter if it’s built on an assembly line or in a 3-D printer. New technology has created a loophole and this plan closes it,” Silverstein said.

Steadily improving 3-D printer technology has the ability to create increasingly more complex designs out of plastic, metal and other materials. Last November, a Texas company unveiled a functional semi-automatic, metal pistol created on a 3-D printer.

The plan, Senate Bill 3018, creates a class-A misdemeanor punishable by no more than one year in prison.

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Silverstein-smoke-car-childState Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) recently introduced a plan creating a penalty for adults who smoke in a car with minors.

“Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts smoking indoors. This protects children from prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even less-ventilated setting,” Silverstein said.

The plan, Senate Bill 2659, creates an up-to $100 fine for any motorist who smokes tobacco, marijuana or any other combustible substance in a car with a person under the age of 18.

Police will not be able to pull over drivers simply because of this offense.

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Silverstein-052313br0137State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) introduced a plan this week requiring firearm owners to have at least $100,000 of insurance coverage for firearm related accidents.

“Illinois already requires liability insurance for a potentially life-threatening automobile accidents and an accidental discharge of a firearm can cause just as much—if not more—harm,” Silverstein said.

Any insurance policy would specifically protect a firearm owner from the cost of damages that are the result of negligence or willful acts. The policy would extend to a firearm carried by an individual or any gun owned by that person.

The proposal, Senate Bill 2646, would give Illinois State Police the authority to revoke a person’s Firearm Owner’s Identification card if he or she does not have the appropriate insurance. The State Police would also be able to deny a FOID card application if the person does not have coverage.

“This is about protecting the public and extending legal protection to individual firearm owners,” Silverstein said.

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