Daniel Biss statement on failure to override veto of Past Paychecks bill
Illinois State Senator and Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss released the following statement in response to the Illinois Senate’s failure to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of House Bill 2462, a bill prohibiting employers from asking an applicant’s salary history as a condition of employment.
“We live in a state where women make eighty cents for every dollar a man makes, and where the gap is even more drastic for women of color—and yet, when given the chance to address these issues of economic injustice by signing my wage history bill, Bruce Rauner vetoed it. Instead of placing the burden on women to navigate this disparity in their own workplaces, or trusting corporations to do the right thing, our government has a responsibility to ensure equity by holding employers accountable. I’m disappointed that my Senate colleagues couldn’t come together in support of this crucial measure to build an economy that works for the rest of us.”