The first week of the legislature’s fall session is in the books with only a few bills voted on and no movement on big issues like pension reform and gay marriage. That’s not a surprise to State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), who says the first week of fall session typically sets the table for the second week, as bills are negotiated and votes are lined up. But Phelps questions what if anything will be moved during that second week.
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“There might be some cleanup bills that we do but I don’t think they have the votes for gay marriage, I don’t think they have the votes for pensions,” said Phelps. State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is taking a more optimistic approach, noting anything is fair game during veto session. “There are plenty of bills sitting on the calendar that members way wish to move on any sort of issue;” said Lang. “Gay marriage comes to mind – if the sponsor, Representative [Greg] Harris (D-Chicago), thinks he has the votes he’ll probably call the bill for a vote when we return.”
Both the Illinois House and Senate trimmed the six-day session to five days by cancelling Thursday. Lawmakers will be back in Springfield Nov. 5-7.