COVID-19 surge shortens Illinois General Assembly session in 2022; BGA lists the invoices to watch
This will be the third year with strengthened COVID protocols. In 2020, the legislature made some rule changes to allow remote voting. These rules have been extended to allow remote voting for the remainder of this session as more members of the House and Senate test positive for the virus.
Bryan Zarou, policy director of the Better Government Association, said there were a few bills to keep tabs on this session. Three bills have already been passed by the legislature: an amendment to the Election Bill, which now allows postal voting for general primaries (HB1958); Redistricting Map Judicial (HB3138) which was done without any hearing; and cleaning language for the criminal justice reform bill that passed last year.
The legislature’s calendar this year is shorter than most years, mainly due to the fact that it is an election year and the primaries are much earlier this year. The legislature plans to adjourn to April instead of May – it’s a tight deadline, especially when they are battling the coronavirus timetable and trying to pass a budget that appears to be the top legislative priority.
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