Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.
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November 21, 2016
In This Issue:
Ø Veto Over-rides Attempted
Ø Negotiating Impasse Declared
Ø State to Get New Plates
Ø A Conversation With NIU Students
Ø Incomes of Departing Citizens a Major Loss
Ø Unfunded Pension Liability Skyrockets
Ø Energy Bill Pushed Forward, as Negotiations Continue
Ø Attend the Inauguration
Ø Remember Your Blessings
Veto Over-rides Attempted
As the legislature meet in session last week to consider the Governor’s 33 vetoes to legislation, it also passed a number of noncontroversial bills on their way to become law. While the Senate over-rode the vetoes in a number of cases, the House failed to over-ride four of the bills it considered.
The veto to House Bill 4351 was sustained because it would restrict the state’s flexibility in assessing and serving Illinois’ elderly and physically disabled residents. As the number of older residents grows, the bill would have locked methods of caring for them into statute that would prevent the state from making any changes or ways to manage cost of these programs.
HB5104 dies because the House failed to over-ride the Governor’s amendatory language. The bill would have ignored an agreement regarding the number of nurses at the Department of Corrections.
The veto to HB5931 was sustained because of its $330 million cost impact and no way to pay for it. The bill would have raised the minimum wage for direct support personnel for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to $15 per hour.
HB6299 also died when the House failed to over-ride the veto. The bill would have imposed mandates on how a school district manages its employees and their benefits.
A number of non-controversial bills passed by the Senate in the spring were approved in the House last week. Among them were bills dealing with extending the medical practice act, mercury switch recycling, out-of-state teacher licensing, tax credits for affordable housing, licensure of boiler repairers and extending the insurance code. Another bill dealt with the valuation for property taxes on farmland grass filter strips.
The General Assembly will convene again on November 29 for the final veto session.