* From a blast e-mail from Rep. Jeanne Ives…
It seems that legislators are voting based on the title of a bill rather that what’s in the bill.
This week, SB 3234, a bill that passed unanimously in the Senate, received 42 NO votes in the Illinois House because the title on the electronic board said ‘Tire Fee.’
In actuality, the bill simply deleted a reference to an out of date fee, paid to the Department of Revenue, of $1 per new or used tire that is sold in the State in order to bring Statute up to date with the new fee of $2.50 per tire. That fee was changed 10 years ago and the Department of Revenue suggested the bill to clean-up inconsistency in the statute.
It was simple and necessary. A ‘No’ vote was either due to a lack of information or, perhaps, it was yet another game being played out in the People’s House on the People’s Time.
That’s actually a pretty strong insight into what appears to have happened. From the bill’s synopsis…
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Removes an obsolete reference concerning tire user fees.
Now, check out the roll call. Most politically targeted Democrats voted “No” as did most Republicans.
The Statehouse is often a Bizarro World unto itself.
…Adding… The bill’s sponsor just told me that he made it “abundantly clear” during debate that this was in no way a fee increase. Yet, HDem targets and most HGOPs still voted against it.