Friday, January 21, 2005

New Legislation

Legislators are filing new bills for the new legislative session; it’s time to forget all the old bill numbers and learn the new ones. Here’s some of what’s been filed so far:

Voters Guides

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) has filed HB 113, which calls on the State Board of Elections to create voters guides. These guides would be mailed to all households in the state in September before an election, and include information on the candidates, including photos, bios, and statements; offices on the ballot, including terms in office, dutdies and base salary; and how-tos of voting, including a voter registration form, instructions for using balloting equipment, and polling place information. The booklets are similar to ones mailed out in a dozen other states, and reflect the recommendations of the Illinois Voters Guide Task Force.

Lobbyist Registration

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) have filed HB 335 which amends the Lobbyist Registration Act. The change would require the Secretary of State to maintain a “no gift list” for public officials who choose not to receive gifts from lobbyists. This isn’t the sweeping revision to the Lobbyist Act we would have written, but it’s a start.

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