Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-31


The Illinois House of Representatives, scheduled for legislative session today at 4:30 p.m. to take up budgetary matters, could not convene for lack of a quorum. Only 54 representatives were in attendance for the roll call. There are 118 members of the House of Representatives. Apparently, when House Speaker Michael Madigan indicated earlier today that there would not be a vote to override the budget bills, lawmakers headed for home.

After the Senate approved the package of budget bills (SB 6, SB 9, and SB 42) earlier today, it immediately sent the bills to the governor for consideration. Likewise, the governor acted immediately, and vetoed all three of the bills. The Senate, then, promptly overrode all three of the bills.

The legislation was sent to the House of Representatives, giving State Representatives the opportunity to override the bills. If motions to override are successful in the House, SB 6, SB 9, and SB 42 will become law and the state will have a budget in place. If the override motions fail, or if no override motion is called for a vote, the bills will be considered dead and the state would limp into another fiscal year without a budget in place.

The House is now scheduled to reconvene Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The Senate left open a day and time to convene and will do so “at the call of the President.”

Items expected to be considered before lawmakers conclude their “spring” legislative session are: veto override motions on SB 6, SB 9, and SB 42; property tax relief legislation; workers’ compensation law reforms; and school funding reforms.