Process over substance
Thursday, Jan 14, 2021
* Thursday morning press release from the Better Government Association, Change Illinois, Common Cause Illinois and Reform for Illinois…
They were in session for a few days after not being in session since May. I get people are all up in arms about the “process,” but I’m much more concerned about the end product on this topic, which was that nothing happened. Back to the release…
Um, the worse thing is that not even a half-measure was approved. Zero, zip, bupkis. But not a word was mentioned in the release about what was actually in the bill that could’ve done some real good.
There were some much-needed provisions in the measure, like banning Sangamon County fundraisers the day before and after session.
The bill also would’ve prevented legislators from becoming lobbyists for six months after they retired at the end of their terms, or for six months until after their scheduled term ended if they quit early.
And it would’ve prevented sitting legislators from lobbying local governments.
This wasn’t a horrible bill. It passed a House committee with just one dissenting vote. Also, nobody testified against it via Zoom. Maybe somebody should subscribe to a bill-tracking service.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully agree with the groups that a bill should’ve been advanced much earlier in the lame duck session. It was slow-walked and then allowed to die. Not acceptable. But that bill moved through committee late Tuesday night. It’s now Thursday, when it’s too late to do anything about it.
* Meanwhile, here’s the SJ-R on the House floor vote on the Black Caucus’ criminal justice reform bill…
…Adding… To be clear, there’s nothing in the rules in either chamber (and never has been) that mentions a time limit on roll calls. The rules merely require that the Speaker ask three times if all members had voted who wish to vote.