Rep. Bryant Passes First Bill through House

Rep. Terri Bryant Moves Legislation to Aid in Energy Development, Create Jobs

Springfield…State Rep. Terri Bryant (R – Murphysboro) received unanimous support from the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield on Tuesday for legislation that would assist prospective oil and natural gas drilling companies with the application and permit process.

HB 3430 would require the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to provide a letter of notification to businesses that are denied a permit to begin drilling for oil or natural gas.

Currently, after a 20 day time period passes, applications are automatically denied and no notification as to why is given. Rep. Bryant explained the hardship this causes for potential drillers.

“We have entrepreneurs willing to risk private capital in the effort to create jobs and increase our fossil fuel reserves. Those efforts contribute positively to our economy. The major issue is that without some form of notification as to why permit applications are denied, small business owners and employers are forced to pay more in application fees and wait long periods of time for direction from the Department,” Bryant said. “HB 3430 is a measure designed to provide clarity to potential oil and natural gas drilling businesses by requiring that a letter stating where their application has fallen short be sent to them in a timely manner.”

With the unanimous passage of HB 3430, Bryant has now passed her first bill out of the House and on to the Senate. To follow the legislation’s progress, or to sign up for e-mail newsletter updates, please visit

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Terri Bryant officially sworn in as State Representative

Terri Bryant of Murphysboro was sworn in today as the next State Representative of the 115th district.  Bryant was sworn into office ten days before the inauguration of the 99th Illinois General Assembly to fill the vacancy created by newly elected U.S. Congressman Mike Bost earlier this morning.

Bryant’s oath was administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier; with her husband, Rick, as well as their family, friends and colleagues in attendance.

“I am ready to go to work for the people of Southern Illinois,” said Rep. Bryant.  “Our state faces many challenges and I’m honored to be filling the shoes of someone who has represented our area so ardently for so many years.  I’ll continue our fight for area jobs and values while listening to my constituents.”

Bryant, a long-standing public servant within the Illinois Department of Corrections, began her service the same year Bost was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly.  His retirement kicked off a flurry of interest in the long held seat culminating in Bryant’s eventual selection to the seat.

“Mike Bost was a crusader for our area, and it is my hope that I can pick up where he left off,” added Bryant.  “It’s imperative we do not go unrepresented which is why we’re here today the same day my predecessor is moving on.  There’s a special session in a few days where anything can happen; I’m honored I can head up early and get to work.”

Bryant was elected State Representative in the November 2014 election. Representative Bryant began her public service at the Illinois Department of Corrections.  She started her career at an entry level and rose to the rank of Public Service Administrator at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center and the DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Program.

In addition to her normal duties over the Dietary Department, Bryant served as a member of the Illinois Department of Corrections Religious Practices Advisory Board, and as an internal as well as an external auditor.  Bryant recently concluded her service to prepare for her full time service as State Representative.

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Terri Bryant: Illinois Budget for FY15 is “Irresponsible”

Murphysboro, IL…On Thursday, the Illinois House of Representatives approved their FY15 budget.  State Representative candidate for the 115th District, Terri Bryant, was disillusioned with the fact that the new budget assumes that the temporary 67% tax increase will become permanent.

The new budget of $37.3 billion is $2.8 billion higher than the projected revenue of $34.5 billion.  This budget is significantly higher than estimated revenue and effectively requires the temporary tax increase to become permanent in order to pay the bills.

“It is irresponsible for Illinois to pass a budget that clearly counts on keeping the temporary tax increase permanent,” said Terri Bryant.  “We need to focus on reducing our spending and paying down unpaid bills instead of spending ourselves into oblivion.  The last thing Illinois families and businesses need in this jobs climate is for this tax increase to continue.”

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