With one week left in the fall veto session, lawmakers are split on how much they think they can accomplish this week and what will have to wait until January and beyond.  With 36 lawmakers tagged as lame ducks because they either retired or didn’t win re-election, many lawmakers, like State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) expect most of the heavy lifting to be done in January.

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“I think the governor’s game plan is to push as much as he can into the lame duck session so he would have better negotiating power with those that are leaving,” said Franks.  Fellow State Rep Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) says a more cautious approach is in order. He favors waiting until after the new General Assembly is sworn in to tackle controversial issues.
“The Democrats should not be worried. There’s a 71-vote majority,” said Mautino. Among the many issues still unresolved: driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, gambling expansion, pension debt and borrowing money so the state can get caught up on its bills.
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