Friday, November 11, 2016

Legislators ready for veto session after contentious election

Lawmakers are set to review 40 school-related bills
vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, including a MAP grant
funding bill, and a mandate on Reduction in Force (RIF).
A week after voters cast their ballots in one of the most contentious elections in recent history, Illinois legislators will head back to Springfield for the annual Veto Session. The General Assembly is scheduled to be in session for a total of six days starting next Tuesday in three-day blocks; Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

While the election results may have changed the composition of the House and Senate next year, current officeholders still have unfinished business to complete before newly elected members are sworn in on Jan. 11. Foremost on that priority list is completing a budget for the remainder of the year. The state education budget was finalized on the final day of June, but other state programs, services, and agencies only received a partial spending plan designed to keep them afloat until the end of 2016.

Also on the agenda will be a number of bills vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers will need to determine whether to sustain or override the vetoes of 40 proposals that range from funding MAP grants to expanding prevailing wage laws.

One measure that IASB will be focused on is House Bill 6299. This legislation allows educational support personnel who were dismissed as a result of a Reduction in Force (RIF) to maintain any rights accrued during the previous service with the school district, if that employee returns to the job with that same district. The Association will be encouraging General Assembly members to sustain the governor’s veto.

IASB opposed the bill because it removed local control with regard to certain collective bargaining matters, which in turn could cost districts more money. The governor cited similar concerns in his veto message, stating that the legislation would impose yet another unfunded mandate on local districts.

Click here to read IASB’s letter in support of the governor’s veto of HB 6299.

IASB will be monitoring and reporting on the outcome of the veto session.