Saturday, March 11, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-10

The bulk of the action of the General Assembly this week took place in committees. Hundreds of the over 6,000 bills introduced were slated to be heard in the 87 committees established for that purpose. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are working towards voting bills out of committee to be taken up in floor action by each respective chamber. Committee work will be the focus of the House and the Senate until they reach committee deadlines: March 17th  for the Senate and March 31st for the House.

No action was taken on a budget this week, however there were contentious discussions in Senate committees as the Senate Democrats called department and agency directors to the Capitol to testify on what cuts they would propose to their agencies to help balance the budget. As the week went on, it became clear that agency heads would not be offering up any budget cuts even though Governor Bruce Rauner has repeatedly made that request. These discussions did not move the State of Illinois closer to adopting a budget, but a political message was surely sent.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-00, including summaries of education legislation currently being discussed.