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Local state Republicans voice opposition to House rules in Springfield

Mark Batinick
Mark Batinick

Two local state representatives expressed their dismay with the adopted rules in the House of Representatives in Springfield last week.

The House rules govern operations in that chamber of the General Assembly for the next two years.

Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, proposed what he called a fair set of reforms to include in the rules, which would make a better process for governing and fostering bipartisanship, according to a news release.

The reforms included required committee votes for bipartisan bills and resolutions, longer waiting periods so legislation can be reviewed, required votes for bills and resolutions supported by a bipartisan supermajority, and extended time for the House to consider discharging special committees.

The rules ultimately were passed on a party-line vote by Democrats.

“This is incredibly frustrating ... for Illinois residents,” Batinick said. “We all deserve better. To produce good policy, we need to start with a fair process.”

State Rep. Margo McDermed also said the rules “effectively deny transparency and curtail the efforts of rank-and-file legislators.”

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