First week of veto session
The House met for three days this week. This was the first of two scheduled weeks of session this fall to consider bills which the Governor vetoed over the summer, as well as some other legislation. Some of the Governor’s vetoes were overridden, including a bill dealing with a pension transfer credit for firefighters and police officers, legislation regarding residential roofing repairs, and a bill to cancel the debt of the Illinois International Port District. Some other vetoes were upheld, including a bill dealing with workers compensation.

Fall veto session begins October 24
On Tuesday the House and Senate will be back at the Capitol to begin the fall session, also known as the veto session. This is the short session during which the legislature reconvenes to discuss and possibly act upon bills which the Governor vetoed over the summer. The procedures for vetoes are laid out in Article IV, Section 9 of the Illinois Constitution.

Illinois helping Puerto Rico
In the aftermath of the devastating hurricane which struck Puerto Rico, disaster assistance resources from Illinois have been making their way to the U.S. territory in the Caribbean. The assistance comes in response to the major health and safety threats following the landfall of the Category 4 Hurricane Maria, whose rain and winds causes significant damage to the island’s infrastructure.

Conor’s Law will train law enforcement to better ensure safety of impaired young people
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed SB 2185 into law. The bill, also known as Conor’s Law, is legislation that requires law enforcement agencies to develop policies for how they will handle arrests of intoxicated young people, including how the agency will care for them and what attempts they will make to contact a responsible adult. This new law is meant to ensure the safety of impaired underage individuals by keeping them from harming themselves or others.