It’s been a busy and tumultuous past two weeks in Springfield. A lot of work was done and it appears as though there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for this budget impasse.
Constitutional Amendments ConsideredIt’s constitutional amendment season! In order to put a constitutional amendment question before the voters in November a proposal must either be approved by a three-fifths margin in both chambers or get the signatures of at least 300,000 registered voters. Only 3 constitutional articles are allowed to be amended in a given election year. A number of proposals made the news this week:
HJRCA 5 would eliminate the office of the Lieutenant Governor beginning with the term of office commencing in 2019. It would change gubernatorial succession such that the Attorney General would take over the governorship should the office become vacant. The Lt. Governor’s office has limited official responsibilities and its elimination would save taxpayers around $1.6 million a year. It passed the House on Friday, but the Senate debated its own version the day before and it failed to gain the necessary support amid concerns that succession could fall to a member of the opposite party.