Advocacy in Action (5/14/20) - GA to Return to Springfield

By Alison Maley posted 05-14-2020 14:40


May 14, 2020

General Assembly to Return to Springfield

It was announced on Wednesday that the Illinois General Assembly would return to Springfield May 20-22. The House of Representatives is expected to meet at the BOS Center in Springfield and the Senate is expected to meet at the Capitol in Senate chambers.


The agenda for both chambers will be limited in scope. A from the House and Senate outlines the following topics:


  1. The COVID-19 pandemic or other disasters;
  2. The State budget and its implementation;
  3. Economic recovery, infrastructure projects, and funding thereof;
  4. The explanation, arguments for and against, and the form for constitutional amendments as required under the Illinois Constitutional Amendments Act;
  5. Laws or authority scheduled to be repealed prior to June 1, 2021;
  6. The 2020 General Election and the State Board of Elections; and
  7. The hospital assessment program.

It is also anticipated that "COVID-19" related legislation could include codifying some topics within the education-related Executive Orders and guidance on items such as licensure, evaluations, remote learning requirements, and curricular mandates.


Session can be viewed online at audio/video links.


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