The following update comes from the offices of State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch:
SPRINGFIELD – Fall Legislative Session for the Illinois General Assembly begins tomorrow in Springfield. The Session is scheduled for October 22, 23 and 24, and for November 5, 6 and 7. The Fall Legislative Session is also known as Veto Session where the legislature can decide to over ride any legislation vetoed by the Governor over the summer months.
While we will certainly consider items vetoed by the Governor, we will also consider a range of other issues ranging from Pension Reform, Marriage Equality, Tax Breaks for Corporations and Gun laws to name a few.
Pension Reform – All of us in the State recognizes that pension reform is desperately needed in our State to ensure our fiscal health for years to come. As we head down to Springfield today, we have not yet heard anything from the bi-partisan pension reform committee that has been working on this issue all summer long. I remain hopeful that something will happen on this major issue; however, I still remain committed to only voting for a proposal that meets constitutional muster.
Marriage Equality – Senate Bill 10 is the bill that calls for marriage equality in the State of Illinois. This bill will gives same sex couples who love each other the right to marry just as heterosexual couples. I join with President Obama and First lady Michelle Obama in believing this is an equality issue. Therefore, if this measure is called for a vote, I intend on casting a Yes vote for marriage equality.
Tax Breaks for Big Corporations – Another big corporation in Illinois, ADM, Inc based in Decatur, is looking for some major tax breaks to stay in Illinois. I believe it is time that we stand up against corporate greed and say No to tax breaks for rich corporations.
Gun laws – Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and many others are calling for tougher sentencing laws for the Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW). The bill before us will be HB-2265 which was filed by Rep. Michael Zalewski. I am a chief co-sponsor on this bill as I believe we need more laws with teeth in them.
As always, I will provide you with weekly updates on the happenings in Springfield. You can look for my next Legislative Report on Friday, October 25, 2013. You can also receive my updates via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also visit the App Store and download the State Rep. Chris Welch app on iTunes.
Until Next Time,
Emanuel “Chris” Welch
State Representative, 7th District VFP