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Lawmaker Proposes New Lame Duck Voting Requirement
A state lawmaker wants to make it harder for the Illinois General Assembly to push through controversial legislation during lame-duck sessions. Republican Jim Durkin filed a bill last week that would require lame-duck legislation to have the votes of three-fifths of the House and Senate, rather than a simple majority. There are a number of other lawmakers who support this idea.
As it stands, lawmakers who are leaving can vote on bills in January, before a new general assembly is sworn in. It often leads to controversial legislation being passed, because those outgoing lawmakers don't have to worry about voter backlash.