Fall Veto Session gets underway in Springfield
State lawmakers were back in Springfield last week for the first three days of the annual fall Veto Session. During the 2023 spring session, more than 550 bills were passed through both chambers of the General Assembly and sent to the Governor for final action. Gov. JB Pritzker signed all but six into law. Of the six bills, three received total vetoes, and an additional three received partial, or amendatory, vetoes.
Legislators can override a full veto with a 3/5 vote in the House and Senate. If a vetoed bill is not called for a vote, the veto stands, and the bill dies. For bills that received amendatory vetoes, the Legislature can either vote to approve the Governor’s amended bill language with a simple majority vote, or lawmakers can override the amendatory veto with a 3/5 vote to approve the original bill. It’s up to the leaders of the Majority Party to decide which, if any, bills are called for reconsideration.
There was little action on vetoed bills this week; however, the Illinois Senate took the opportunity to take up other measures that are now on their way to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Lawmakers will return for the final week of veto session starting Nov. 7.
Senate Republicans push for elimination of sunset date for Invest in Kids Act
Since the inception of the Invest in Kids program in 2017, more than $308 million in private donations have been made to a tax credit scholarship fund that has provided more than 38,000 scholarships to help low-income K-12 students in struggling schools optimize their chances for academic success by attending a school of choice.
Unfortunately, the program, which has been incredibly successful, is now at risk. Without a legislative intervention during veto session, Invest in Kids expires on Jan. 1, 2024, potentially forcing students to have to leave their current schools.
My Senate Republican colleagues and I have set the removal of the sunset date as a top priority for the fall Veto Session, and I believe that any family with a child who is struggling at their current school should be able to apply for a tuition scholarship, so they have the ability to place their child in a school environment they believe is better suited for them. During the first week of veto session, hundreds of scholarship beneficiaries and their families came to Springfield to lobby for the program’s continuance.
I invite all who agree that the Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program needs to be made permanent to add their name to a Senate Republican petition located at https://ilsenategop.org/saveinvestinkids/.
ISP announces three dates and locations for “Assault Weapons Ban” gun registration process
A new Illinois law, which bans a long list of firearms, magazines, and other devices, will be the subject of public hearings hosted by the Illinois State Police (ISP).
These hearings are in response to the registration process outlined in the new law, which requires individuals who possessed one or more of these now-banned firearms prior to the Act taking effect on Jan. 19, 2023, to submit an endorsement affidavit through their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card account in order to legally maintain possession.
In an effort to clear up confusion and concerns about the registration process, the ISP is holding three public hearings across the state. The hearings are open to the public but can also be heard via WebEx. Persons wishing to speak at a public hearing must do so in person and must submit a completed witness slip. The dates and locations for the hearings are as follows:
- Thursday, November 2, 2023
9:30 a.m., Room D1 of the Stratton Building, 401 Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62704
- Friday, November 3, 2023
9:30 a.m., Room C-600 of the Bilandic Building, 160 N. La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60601
- Monday, November 6, 2023
9:30 a.m., Caseyville Community Center at Village Hall, 909 South Main Street, Caseyville, IL 62232
For more information and to access the WebEx links, go to isp.illinois.gov. Then click on the “Office of the Director” tab and choose “Legislation & Public Notices”.
I voted against this law and believe it violates law-abiding citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights. I remain hopeful the law will eventually be ruled unconstitutional by the federal court system, where lawsuits are currently pending.
Senate Republicans still collecting submissions for Veterans Wall of Honor
To show appreciation for veterans’ sacrifices and service, the Senate Republican Caucus is once again showcasing veterans’ legacy of service on a “Wall of Honor” that will be on display in the Capitol rotunda Nov. 7-20. With Veterans Day coming up on Nov. 11, it’s a perfect opportunity to share amazing stories of our heroes with those who visit the State Capitol.
Submissions should include a photo and a written story (maximum 250 words), along with the following information: name, military branch, and conflict served if they served during a time of war. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com by November 6. Submissions can also be mailed to: Veterans Day “Wall of Honor,” 110D Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706.
For more information about this tribute to veterans, please call (217) 782-7219.