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His comments came after a lengthy debate on the Economic Equity Bill, Senate Bill 1608, which creates a number of new committees and, among other provisions, includes additional racial diversity requirements. in state purchasing policies.
Republicans had tried to delay passage of the bill by asking for several “notes” to determine its fiscal impact on the state and the number of new terms it would create. But Democrats voted to declare the notes “inapplicable” and moved forward anyway.
“Our blacks are looking for solutions,” said representative Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City. “They cannot be unemployed. They can’t get (Paycheck Protection Program loans). They can’t get the funds that a lot of your friends are getting on the other side, and all we ask is that you help us.
During the debate on the bill, Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, engaged in a lengthy exchange with the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, on the details of the bill. law, stressing that it requires purchasing officials to consider race diversity even in the purchase of real estate and vehicles, where the state has little control over the race of the seller or builder.
After approximately 45 minutes of debate, Jones brought forward a parliamentary motion to suspend discussion and proceed immediately to the vote. The bill was finally passed, 70-39, sending it to the Senate.