Legislature overrides some Rauner vetoes, fails on others
Illinois's outgoing Republican governor saw a few of his vetoes overridden during the Fall Veto Session in Springfield and a few new laws have been passed, a QUAD city area lawmaker said in a summary recap released last week.
"Illinois now has several new laws following the conclusion of the Fall Veto Session, where the General Assembly overrode measures vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner," Illinois State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) said in his summary recap of the session issued Nov. 29. "Other measures fell short of the three-fifths majority needed in both the Senate and House of Representatives to override the governor's vetoes."
Among the measures in which the governor's amendatory veto was overridden was the "School Counselor Requirements" bill, HB 4514, which would allow only licensed school counselors to provide school counseling services to students in Illinois schools. The override vote on HB 4514 passed the Senate 52-0-1 and the House 107-0.
Both chambers of the state legislature overrode Rauner's veto of the "Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act," HB 4515, which passed the Senate 48-0 and the House 110-0, and "Long-term Care Medicaid Eligibility," (House Bill 4771), which passed the Senate 54-0 and the House 110-0.
Rauner's veto withstood House and Senate override attempts in other proposed legislation. These included the "Tobacco 2," SB 2332, legislation that would have increased the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products in Illinois from 18 to 21, which passed the Senate 36-19, but not in the House 62-45. Vetoed SB 2641, which would have placed more regulation on ride-sharing companies, passed the Senate 39-12-3, but didn't make it to a vote in the House.
Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia), raised in the QUAD City area and a firefighter and paramedic, represents Illinois's 36th State Senate District. Illinois' 36th State Senate District is located within Carroll, Henry, Rock Island and Whiteside counties and includes all or parts of East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, Rock Falls and Sterling.
Sen. Anderson has represented the district since he defeated his predecessor, then incumbent Mike Jacobs, a Democrat, in November 2014. Anderson was reelected last month, fending off longtime labor activist and Democratic challenger Gregg Johnson of East Moline. Anderson is the state Senate Agriculture Committee and Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee Republican spokesperson and is on the Senate Transportation, Commerce, Energy and Gaming committees.