* From that new Watchdog.org thingy…
Don’t look for much action from the Illinois Capitol this month. In fact, don’t look for much of anything, lawmakers from both parties said, because the General Assembly is pretty much taking the month of March off.
Both the Illinois House and Senate are scheduled for just four days of sessions this month, and they could cancel some of them.
State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, said Illinois lawmakers haven’t done much all year.
“If you look at the calendar, in January we were here just a few days. In February it was about the same. In March we’re in four days, that’s it for the House,” Bennett said.
State Rep. Will Davis, D-Homewood, said while lawmakers haven’t done much so far, he noted that the real action always comes in late April and May. […]
On key issues – such as property tax reform, pension reform and workers compensation reform – there’s no expectation that lawmakers will do much of anything about them.
“For this year, with the elections, with the primary election, with the general election, no one wants to give the other side a win,” Bennett said. “They just don’t.”
I don’t expect much to happen, either. But, hey, one never knows.
* Along those lines…
* Rep. Dan Burke’s “Commander Paul Bauer Act” bill is kinda stuck at the moment. The bill would ban the sale of body armor and high-capacity gun magazines to anyone but cops. It’s been amended to hand out some exemptions to retired cops, retired corrections officers, etc. The usual. The new amendment would also ban these…
Sale or possession of a backpack that has been manufactured or designed to include Kevlar or any other imilar material or metal, fiberglass, plastic, or nylon plates with the intended purpose of stopping not only missile fragmentation from mines, grenades, mortar shells, and artillery fire but also fire from rifles, machine guns, and small arms; or a removable backpack insert made of Kevlar or any other similar material or metal, fiberglass, plastic, or nylon plates with the intended purpose of stopping not only missile fragmentation from mines, grenades, mortar shells, and artillery fire but also fire from rifles, machine guns, and small arms that have been manufactured or designed to be included in a backpack.
Since the [Florida schooil] shooting, bulletproof backpacks have been selling out across the country. With names like BulletBlocker and Guard Dog - parents are snapping them up.
“I guess that’s just the harsh reality of the world we live in today,” said parent Nick Barnett.