Categories: WCMC
      Date: Mar 15, 2010
     Title: Legislative Report
Legislative Report

The House and Senate both worked through the early morning hours on June 1st and then adjourned leaving many unresolved issues.  The Governor and Legislative Leaders have begun meeting to try to come to agreement on the state budget and funding sources.  The General Assembly adjourned to the call of the chair if an agreement is reached. Prior to leaving, the Senate passed a permanent income tax increase and expansion of the state sales tax to include some services (HB 174) but the House did not consider that measure.  The House attempt to pass a temporary increase in the income tax (SB 2252) failed. The General Assembly approved a bare bones budget, including: A measure to bring the bare bones budgets to 50% of the Governor’s introduced levels passed both chambers (SB 1197) but is being held in the Senate on a motion to reconsider the vote filed by President Cullerton. Two measures were passed to provide funding for the bare bones budget: SB 1433 – Special funds sweeps and SB 1609 – General obligation bond restructuring.  The capitol plan has been approved in both chambers, but the bills are being held in the House on parliamentary maneuvers: Several reform measures passed both houses, including: Other measures that have passed one chamber and are pending in the second chamber are: The General Assembly has 30 days from final passage to send legislation to the Governor for his review.  The Governor then has 60 days from receipt to act on those bills.