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Senate Repubs: Not much for fall veto session

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[November 08, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Is it still called a "veto session" if there are no vetoes to vote on?

The annual veto session is scheduled to begin in the Senate next week. But, don't expect a lot of activity -- at least as far as vetoed measures go.

DonutsBecause the General Assembly met intermittently during the summer and fall, action has already been taken on most of the vetoed legislation that would ordinarily be dealt with in November. In fact, there are only two Senate bills (SB 2636 and SB 2718) that could possibly be voted on during the veto session.

Both measures received amendatory vetoes from the governor. Senate Bill 2636 regulates companies that charge fees to locate abandoned property that has been turned over to the state treasurer. Senate Bill 2718 is a measure dealing with exemptions to hearsay evidence in criminal trials. The governor changed the measure to make it go into effect immediately.

Although the legislature approved a supplemental spending bill to keep state parks and historic sites open and to restore funds for programs such as dealing with substance abuse, the governor has not signed the measure and may not do so before the fall session ends. Under the state constitution, the governor has until Dec. 5 to approve or veto the bill. That will be after the scheduled end of the legislature's veto session.

Faced with the dearth of issues, the House canceled one week of the two-week session, but the Senate has not followed suit. So what's likely to occur in the Senate?

It's anybody's guess.

[Text from Illinois Senate Republican Caucus file; LDN staff]



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