During the first week of the fall veto session, the Senate voted to override Gov. Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 2015, which increases the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour. Other issues, like a veto on ridesharing legislation have not advanced.
On Nov. 20, the Senate voted 44-5-1 to override Gov. Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 2015. Quinn vetoed the legislation on August 26. The bill increases the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour.
In his veto of the legislation, Quinn said that tollway drivers already exceeded the speed limit in many cases, which he said can lead to serious accidents. However, a recent study found that differential speeds between vehicles were actually more problematic. Following the Senate’s vote, the legislation will now proceed to the House of Representatives for their consideration.
The House sponsor of legislation that would have imposed new statewide regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar said he would not be pursuing an override of the Governor’s veto of his legislation (HB 4075/HB 5331). Instead, he indicated he would work with interested parties to draft a new bill that would impose fewer, less burdensome regulations on the companies.
Other vetoes considered this week include:
Construction Debris (HB 4606 – Amendatory Veto): Clarifies that facilities that accept only general construction or demolition or demolition debris and operate in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act are not considered a "pollution control facility." Identical to SB 2944, which passed unanimously.
Suburban Truck Speed Limit (SB 930 – Veto): Provides that in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, the interstate speed limit for second division vehicles, such as a semi-truck, is 60 mph on interstate highways.
Anatomic Pathology (SB 1630 – Amendatory Veto): Spells out billing practices of “anatomic pathology services.” Clarifies exemptions and specifies there is no prohibition against a referring physician, who takes a patient specimen, from charging a patient or a payer an acquisition or processing charge. Anatomic pathology is a medical specialty that is concerned with the diagnosis of disease based on the gross, microscopic, chemical, immunologic and molecular examination of organs, tissues, and whole bodies.
Voluminous Requests (HB 3796 – Amendatory Veto): Amends the Freedom of Information Act to provide a process for handling "voluminous requests," to allow for recovery of personnel costs to review documents for redactions of a commercial request, and to allow a public body to refer a requester to their website if the information is posted on the public body's website. The bill was introduced as a way to help municipalities, which the bill’s sponsor stated sometimes receive “spiteful, harassing” Freedom of Information Requests.