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As Chairperson of the House Human Services committee, Naomi feels that issues surrounding the health and well-being of Illinois citizens are important. She leads the committee in discussing and voting on legislation that impacts a broad range of health issues, including mental health, developmental disabilities, home and community-based services for the disabled, public aid, children and family services, public health and social services.
Naomi also serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Higher Education and the Telecommunications Committees and as a member of the Higher Education, Higher Education-Appropriations, Elections & Campaign Reform, Environmental Health, Public Policy & Accountability, and Adoption Reform Committees.
Furthermore, Naomi worked to keep mercury out of the environment and reduce its emissions 90% by the year 2009. She also supported the addition of more recycling bins in Illinois schools and offices. In addition, she worked diligently to protect our natural resources like the Mahomet aquifer.
Naomi recognizes that identity theft is a major problem in today’s world. She continues to push for tighter protections by sponsoring legislation to allow any consumer to place a security freeze on his or her credit report if wrongdoing is suspected. She also supported tougher penalties for those who have been convicted of identity theft.
Naomi is also an advocate for issues concerning children and senior citizens. She has sponsored legislation to require schools to report cases of child abuse to authorities and to crack down on sex offenders who may want to harm our children by giving those offenders lifetime court supervision. Naomi also sponsored legislation that increases the senior citizen homestead exemption and allows elderly homeowners to freeze their property tax assessment and avoid an increase in their tax bill.Naomi and her husband Eric have been active in adoptive services and parent support groups through the adoption of six of their eight children. Eric and Naomi have eleven grandchildren and are members of the McKinley Presbyterian Church in Champaign.