SPRINGFIELD—In the final minutes of the 101st General Assembly, the Illinois Black Caucus’ police reform legislation, Amendment 2 to House Bill 3653, narrowly passed by a 50-60 vote margin. State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) released the following statement after opposing the measure:
“The actions by the majority party to quickly cut debate off and call for a vote on this 764 page bill, which we were given mere hours to review, is nothing short of embarrassing. I am extremely frustrated by the lack of accountability of the Democrat Majority today and deeply concerned about the unintended consequences of this legislation.
This bill is a massive criminal justice overhaul that will alter the very foundation of policing in Illinois, yet it was rushed through without input from law enforcement. Good policy requires hard work, and this bill isn’t it.
Today the Democrat Majority set forth a scary precedent for the future legislative process in Illinois. We must do better. We cannot shut down debate when it serves us, ignoring the people of Illinois who this very bill will largely affect but who refused the opportunity to have their questions answered or their concerns heard. This truly dates back to our desperate need for ethics reform. This self-serving behavior is unacceptable and will not get us where we need to go. I voted ‘no’ on HB3653 and I will continue fighting for a better process, one the people of Illinois deserve.”