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Illinois General Assembly 6/1/2021


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The situation with the budget, SB2800, is this.

The bill was amended in the House yesterday to become the budget. It was returned to the Senate which concurred on the House amendments early this morning. After concurrence Senate President Harmon put a brick on the bill, keeping it stuck in the Senate instead of being sent to the Governor, by filing a motion to reconsider the vote.

Today, Senator Barickman filed a motion for an immediate vote on Mr. Harmon's motion under one of the Senate rules. They resisted. Barickman stayed the course. A stalemate was reached in which the Senate could not take up any additional measures unless Senator Barickman's motion was acted upon, either by a recorded vote on his motion for an immediate vote or by Senate President Harmon withdrawing his motion to reconsider.

In the end, the motion to reconsider was withdrawn and the budget has passed both bodies.

So who, was playing what game, and for what reason?

 

 

I don't have the back story.

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The situation with the budget, SB2800, is this.

 

The bill was amended in the House yesterday to become the budget. It was returned to the Senate which concurred on the House amendments early this morning. After concurrence Senate President Harmon put a brick on the bill, keeping it stuck in the Senate instead of being sent to the Governor, by filing a motion to reconsider the vote.

 

Today, Senator Barickman filed a motion for an immediate vote on Mr. Harmon's motion under one of the Senate rules. They resisted. Barickman stayed the course. A stalemate was reached in which the Senate could not take up any additional measures unless Senator Barickman's motion was acted upon, either by a recorded vote on his motion for an immediate vote or by Senate President Harmon withdrawing his motion to reconsider.

 

In the end, the motion to reconsider was withdrawn and the budget has passed both bodies.

So who, was playing what game, and for what reason?

 

If I understand correctly, the Senate President was involved in negotiations for subsidies to Exelon that they insisted were necessary to keep three nuclear generating plants open. No agreement had been reached, and session was ending. Then a motion to reconsider the vote on the budget bill was filed.

 

That maneuver was explained as preventing political shenanigans. It sounds more like an attempt to hold it hostage to me.

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