Senator Bill Brady is asking House Speaker Michael Madigan to strengthen a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution to make it tougher for lawmakers to increase pension benefits for public employees.
Senator Brady sent a letter to Madigan on April 13.
“I am supportive of your proposal, House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 49, to require a supermajority, three-fifths vote for passage of any legislation to increase pension benefits,” Senator Brady stated in his letter. “I would respectfully request, however, that you consider strengthening the proposal to also require that no such vote take place during any lame-duck session of the General Assembly. Achieving a three-fifths vote is a high hurdle, but the chances of garnering such a three-fifths vote might increase during the time between an election and the seating of the next General Assembly.”
The 44th District Senator said the state’s 66 percent income tax increase, passed in January 2011 just hours before a new General Assembly was sworn in, is a strong argument for avoiding votes on important issues during lame-duck Legislatures.
Senator Brady said he looks forward to working with Speaker Madigan and other legislative leaders to advance the constitutional amendment and other solutions to the pension systems crisis.