Feb 1, 2019

Democrats again grant broad powers to House Rules Committee

A set of legislative rules that gives a five-member committee in the Democrat-controlled Illinois House broad authority to decide how legislation moves through the statehouse has frustrated not only Republican lawmakers, but also Illinois residents who want to change things.

When lawmakers come back next week, the House will have rules that Republicans have said prevent taxpayers from getting legislation they want. The Democratic supermajority under House Speaker Michael Madigan’s leadership passed rules this week without Republican support, 20 days after being sworn in. The Senate passed its rules when new members were sworn in Jan. 9.

After this week’s vote in the House, state Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, said that as the chairman of the Revenue and Finance Committee, he’ll have an open door to everyone. He dismissed the rule changes Republicans had sought.

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