* Bernie has it all…
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says the fact that she led House debate on two complicated, controversial bills within the final week of this year’s legislative session was just a matter of how the issues fell into place.
“Honestly, these things happened to happen at the same time,” Cassidy said of the Reproductive Health Act, which makes abortion a “fundamental right” in Illinois law, and the bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older in the state. “They’re both things that have been a multi-year effort.”
Each debate took hours, as both bills had nuances that backers and opponents wanted to examine.
Cassidy, who notes that passing legislation requires a collaborative approach and credits the group effort that involved numerous colleagues for success on the issues, didn’t seem to mind those marathon sessions.
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