Senator Belt

SPRINGFIELD – To support small businesses, State Senator Christopher Belt championed a measure through the Senate that would expand liquor delivery services across Illinois.

“Bars and restaurants stimulate our local economies and are the heart of our communities,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “Allowing liquor delivery services across the state benefits businesses and residents by increasing access and sales. We are working to lessen the burden businesses face by increasing the accessibility for revenue.”

In partnership with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Belt’s measure would eliminate state and local fees for liquor delivery throughout Illinois. Additionally, it brings parity for liquor delivery between home-rule and non-home rule municipalities to regulate liquor delivery.

“This legislation eases hurdles for businesses and consumers by streamlining regulations and removing burdensome fees,” said Rob Karr, president and CEO of Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “We appreciate Senator Belt for leading on this action, especially as more shoppers rely on home delivery because of the pandemic.”

Senate Bill 1001 would also lower the licensing fees for wineries to $750 if renewed online and $900 for initial or non-online certification. Under a law passed in 2021, the fees were raised to $1,200 if renewed online and $1,500 for initial licenses and non-online.

“Being a voice for small businesses is a priority of mine,” Belt said. “I’d like to thank the Illinois Retail Merchants Association for their strong advocacy to help us bring in more revenue for our bars and restaurants.”

Senate Bill 1001 passed the Senate Monday.


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SPRINGFIELD – Metro East residents will soon be able to receive a rebate on their monthly energy bill, thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Christopher Belt. Senator Belt

“People have to be able to efficiently heat and cool their homes during the hot summer months and cold winters,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “As energy prices rise across the country, we are providing residents with much needed assistance.”

House Bill 4412 would set a framework to give residents in the MISO region a rebate during the summer months. The measure is designed to offset energy costs for residents when electricity bills are usually the highest.

Funded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the rebate would be issued for the June 2023 through December 2023 billing cycles and may be used for up to five monthly billing periods.

“This would put money back in the pockets of residents,” Belt said. “We have created a framework to help offset the costs of energy bills in the Metro East.”

House Bill 4412 passed the Senate Sunday.

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EAST ST. LOUIS – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) released the following statement as State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala’s announced her retirement:

“As chair of Education, it has been an honor to work with Dr. Ayala to better the lives of students across Illinois. Her knowledge and passion for education and students showed through her work. Dr. Ayala overcame numerous trials and tribulations, consistently doing what was best for students. Illinois saw a decade-high in the state’s graduation rate under her leadership.

“I’m proud to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Ayala and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

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Fgvm2jaXEAQSanYMARYVILLE – With daylight saving time coming to an end this weekend, State Senator Christopher Belt and State Senator Kris Tharp are reminding Metro East families to also check and change their smoke detector batteries as needed.

“While we update our clocks to fall back, daylight saving also serves as an important reminder to make sure your smoke detectors are working,” said Senator Belt (D-Swansea). “This is a helpful habit to ensure your household is safe.”

If you find an alarm that is not working or is expired, replace the alarm immediately with a new 10-year sealed battery alarm. It’s also a great time to review your family’s fire escape plan.

Between the years 2014-2018, the National Fire Protection Association reported that almost three out of every five home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. The chances of dying in a home fire was reduced by 55% in homes where working smoke alarms are present.

“Ensuring your family’s smoke alarm is working is an inexpensive way to prioritize your household’s safety in the event of a fire,” said Senator Tharp (D-Bethalto). “Maintaining the alarm is a simple way to help keep your family members and pets safe from harm.”

For more information about fire safety, visit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance website.

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