The game of "is this really the governor's proposal?" continues in the Illinois House.
The House voted Tuesday on two pieces of legislation similar to what the governor has discussed, including the turning the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity into a public-private partnership. State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) took issue with an amendment to set a three-year sunset on the plan.
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"This isn't the governor's bill, this is your bill now, and it varies markedly in many respects to the governor," Sandack said.
The proposal passed with most Republicans voting "present." Sandack had the same problem with another bill on freezing property taxes, which Democrats claimed was identical to the governor's proposal. That legislation only garnered 41 "yes" votes.
State Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood) took exception to Republican anger over adding amendments to the governor's proposals.
"I didn't realize we were limited to only what the governor proposed, and that we were not able to add more to try to make it better," Davis said.