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Last month, members of Maine SHRM and the Illinois State Council (ISC-SHRM) participated in legislative conferences held in their respective state capitols.

On April 6, approximately 75 Maine HR professionals celebrated “Human Resource Professionals Day” in Augusta, as designated in a proclamation signed by Governor Paul R. LaPage. SHRM Maine State Legislative Director, Sarah M. Conroy, reported, “We received personal invitations for ongoing assistance from both Representative Robert Nutting, Speaker of the House; and from Senate President Chief of Staff Mary Small. Those offers, along with the impact SHRM Maine is making on committees and among our own legislators from work and home districts, have certainly helped to raise the visibility of the HR profession in Augusta.” 

In Springfield, Illinois, members of the Illinois State Council (ISC-SHRM) conducted their 2nd Annual Legislative Conference in conjunction with the 12th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by Central Illinois Chapter (CIC-SHRM) on April 12 and 13. 

During the two-day event, government affairs staff from SHRM headquarters and the legal profession made presentations on key HR issues pending in Washington and Springfield.  A legislative reception was held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, where several state legislators stopped by to meet with their HR constituents. 

Following the conference, a group of members conducted personal visits in the Illinois Statehouse, meeting with their elected officials on two measures pending before the legislature — HB 1879, that would require certain Illinois employers to use the federal E-Verify system, and SB 0127, amending the Illinois Family and Medical Leave Act. 

Both bills are opposed by ISC-SHRM, and these meetings provided ISC members the opportunity to share with the legislators the “real life” effect these two bills would have on HR professionals if enacted into law.

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