Rep. Breen Addresses Legality of SB 1 Effective Date

Today in Chicago, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) explained the legal basis behind the growing concerns that because of the delay by Democrats to advance their school funding legislation, SB 1, through the Senate by May 31, SB1 may not actually be effective until next June, 2018. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady yesterday sent a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan requesting a formal legal opinion on this point.

Click here to watch Breen’s video where he outlines the areas of concern.

Breen explains that, if there is even a "reasonable doubt" that SB1 won't be effective for the 2017-2018 school year, the General Assembly must either immediately accept Governor Rauner's Amendatory Veto or start over with a new education funding bill.

Breen specifically analyzes the legal arguments that, by preventing SB1 from being sent to the governor by the use of a "Motion to Reconsider," Senate Democrats may have unwittingly caused SB1 to be "passed" on July 31, and not by the May 31 deadline set for regular bill passage by the Illinois Constitution. Per the Constitution, any bill passed after May 31, 2017 cannot be effective earlier than June 1, 2018, without a supermajority vote of the General Assembly.

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