Lawmakers leave Springfield with issues to resolve for new year

Lawmakers were back in town last week for the second week of their annual fall session and, despite a flurry of activity, they left for the holiday recess with some issues still to resolve in January 2011.  You can read about activity in the December 3 State Capitol Report.

The successful candidates from the November 2 election will begin their new terms in January of 2011.  All of the constitutional officers will be sworn in to new four-year terms on Monday, January 10, and the members of the General Assembly will be sworn in on Wednesday, January 12.

However, prior to those two inaugural days there is the potential, particularly in the House, for additional action on old and new issues.  For example, you may have read about the Senate passing a massive gaming expansion bill last week. That bill still has not been debated in the House.  Also, both the Senate and House created special committees on the thorny issues of education reform, Medicaid reform, and workers’ compensation reform. It remains to be seen whether these panels will continue to work in the next session or if there will be a push to do something as soon as January. And, of course, the budget deficit continues to be the elephant in the room.

So stay tuned. It could be a very interesting start to the New Year! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is Director of Legislative and Political Affairs for Illinois REALTORS®. She assists in carrying out the legislative programs and policies of the Association, monitors and provides research and analysis on local, state, and federal legislation impacting the real estate industry, and represents the Association before the General Assembly, other elected officials, and other interest groups. She also prepares and coordinates materials related to the election of candidates for public office. Sullivan writes and edits State Capitol Report, the legislative newsletter of the Association, and contributes to the Illinois REALTOR® Magazine on governmental affairs issues. She also advises and provides staff support to the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Member Involvement Group, the Realtors® Political Action Committee and various task forces and working groups which are appointed from time to time.

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