Update on the 2017 Veto Session

Date: October 27, 2017

The General Assembly returned to Springfield the week of Oct. 23. =The veto session is highly important to the small business community as there are several bills that Governor Rauner vetoed that are detrimental to business and Illinois’ economic climate. NFIB is committed to working with lawmakers to ensure they understand the importance of sustaining these vetoes.

The following bills are our highest priority:

SB81 (minimum wage increase, sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Lightford Chicago) and Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago) wasn’t called and as of Friday, Oct. 27, the sponsor has not filed the bill to be considered for an override vote.

HB 2462 (equal pay-wage history, sponsored by Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin and Sen. Daniel Biss of Skokie) was overridden by the House 80-33. It moves to the Senate where the bill passed with 35 votes. It will take 36 votes to override the veto. NFIB will continue to work against an override in the Senate.

HB 2525 (workers’ compensation, sponsored by Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea) and Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago), was not called on the floor for an override vote and time expired for it to be called. This is a victory for small business.

HB2622 (State Mutual Insurance Co., sponsored by Rep. Laura Fine of Glenview) and Sen. Daniel Biss of Skokie) was a victory for small business. The vote to override failed 65-50-1.

SB1720 (Wage Payment & Collection Act, sponsored by Senator Biss and Rep. Lisa Hernandez of Chicago) is still pending. Senate Biss filed the motion to override the governor’s veto, but it received no floor action. It received only 32 votes when it initially passed but needs 36 to override. NFIB will continue to oppose an override.

SB1905 (local restrictions on collective bargaining, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein of Chicago and Rep. Marty Moylan of Des Plaines) is pending. The Senate overrode the governor’s veto 42-13, but, with pressure from business groups and the governor’s office, the override failed by 1 vote in the house, 70-42-1. However, this motion can be reconsidered during the second veto session Nov. 7- 9. NFIB will continue to oppose an override.

NFIB members are urged to contact their state lawmakers and ask them to vote against any override attempt.

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