Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New Legislation

The deadline for filing legislation isn’t until the end of the month (the 25th in the Senate, 28th in the House) but already there are a number of interesting political reform proposals in the hopper. Sen. Miguel delValle (D-Chicago) filed SB 39, which would bar campaign contributions from state contractors and prohibit public officials and their families from profiting from any bonding measure. Rep. Elizabeth Coulson (R-Glenview) filed HB 743, which would limit campaign contributions, including transfers from leadership PACs. Rep. Delgado (D-Chicago) is sponsoring HB 671, which would clean up campaign finance in Supreme Court elections (did you see last year’s Fifth District race?). And voters’ guides are popular in both chambers: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) has HB 113, and Senators Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Dave Sullivan (R-Mt. Prospect) have filed SB 187. Plus, there are a slew of shell bills that are worth tracking, if not cheering on. The session is starting and, at this time of year, hope springs eternal.

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