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Keep away from Quinn

Posted by wlpo on July 17, 2011

It’s the political equivalent of keep away. Lawmakers still haven’t sent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn two pieces of controversial legislation six weeks after passing them. One is to massively expand gambling and the other to finance an energy “smart grid.” But the Democrat can’t sign them or veto them. He can’t do anything but wait. Senate President John Cullerton is using a legislative sleight of hand to keep the bills in his chamber so that Quinn won’t veto them. The parliamentary maneuver is called a motion to reconsider a vote, known as Senate Rule 7-15. It isn’t a new one. But it’s more typically used when lawmakers want to vote again on legislation, not to keep an already-passed bill out of the governor’s hands.

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