Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Grab-Bag of Last Minute Legislation Awaits Passage on the Legislature's Final Day

Thanks to Our Friend Ryan Keith for this rundown....

Transportation funding -- The Transportation for Illinois Coalition is concerned that the House-approved budget includes no new bond authorization, which means hundreds of millions of dollars in new construction project funding would not move forward. There is a Senate Appropriations I Committee hearing at 10 a.m. tomorrow in 212 of the Capitol where this issue will be discussed with IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider. We'll know more after that.

Eavesdropping -- HB1237 remains in Senate Criminal Law Committee. HB1263 is out of that committee and on the Senate floor.

Pensions -- SB1673, sans school cost shift, is back in House Personnel and Pensions Committee at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Enterprise zones -- SB3616 was approved without opposition tonight by the House Revenue Committee. We're expecting House and Senate votes Thursday.

Plastic bags -- SB3442 passed the House tonight and is expected to get a positive Senate vote tomorrow. The IMA and Illinois Retail Merchants Association are good sources.

Online lottery -- SB3497 passed the Senate today and is now on to the governor.

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