SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has signed on as the chief Republican sponsor of new legislation to amend the Illinois Constitution to require a three-fifths majority vote of the General Assembly in order to approve a tax increase during the so-called “lame duck” period between the November General Election and Inauguration in January, when unaccountable retiring or defeated lawmakers can approve a tax hike by a simple majority vote, as was done during the 2011 lame duck session.
The new legislation, House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 62, introduced by Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), was unanimously approved the State Government Administration Committee today by a vote of 13-0. It is currently on the House Floor awaiting final consideration. The bill’s co-sponsors include six Democrats and four Republicans.
“This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue; this is about accountable government,” Rep. Batinick said. “Lame duck legislative sessions should be held to a higher standard when it comes to passing any bill that would raise taxes on Illinois families. Our bill would raise the bar and make it harder for political pressure exerted on lame-duck legislators to support a last-minute tax increase result in enough votes to pass such a proposal without bipartisan support.”
There are currently sixteen lame-duck legislators in the Illinois House of Representatives whose terms expire in January.
For questions or more information, please call Rep. Batinick’s office at (815) 254-0000.
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