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State rep proposes JUSSIE Act
2019-03-31

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In response to the Jussie Smollett case, Illinois state Rep. Michael McAuliffe filed the Just Usage of State Subsidies in Entertainment, or JUSSIE Act, according to WGNTV.com .

"This bill prohibits any state tax credits from going to a production that employs someone who was convicted of a hate crime, someone who was convicted of falsifying a hate crime, or someone who, in the case of Jussie Smollett, participated in a deferred prosecution program for falsifying a hate crime," McAuliffe stated on Facebook.

Smollett—an actor who is African-American and openly gay—was accused of staging a hate-crime attack on Jan. 29. A grand jury indicted him on 16 counts of disorderly conduct; however, in a surprise move, Cook County prosecutors dropped those charges in exchange for 16 hours of community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond.

The article is at wgntv.com/2019/03/29/illinois-lawmaker-files-jussie-act-after-charges-against-smollett-dropped/.


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