Illinois governors have the power to make changes to a bill via “amendatory veto.” The idea is not to make something into an entirely different bill, though. Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to turn a bill regulating the purchase of ammunition by mail into an assault weapons ban did not pass the smell test to members of the Illinois Senate, which overrode his veto and sent it to the House.
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The sponsor of the ammo bill, State Sen. David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville), says if the governor wants an assault weapons ban, find a sponsor who will introduce a bill. Luechtefeld says he understands that “both the speaker (of the House) and president (of the Senate) believe that this may have gone too far and be unconstitutional, what the governor did.” The Senate overrode the governor’s veto of SB 681, 49-4.