Discussion of state pension reforms continued as Gov. Pat Quinn and state legislative leaders met recently following the June 1 adjournment. No resolutions were offered publically, but it is expected that they will sometime this summer when the leaders craft a plan that could be voted upon.
“This has been one of the most challenging legislative sessions given where the state is fiscally,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson. “Illinois Farm Bureau has worked with the governor and the General Assembly for meaningful pension and Medicaid reforms.”
Although legislation reforming the state’s pension system has not yet been passed, the General Assembly did pass reforms to the state’s Medicaid system, Nelson added.
IFB also this spring:
- Succeeded in preventing a vote in the Illinois Senate on a bill to remove the agricultural overtime exemption and increase the state’s minimum wage;
- Secured passage of one of the organization’s legislative priorities, addressing misuse of slow-moving-vehicle (SMV) emblems.
- Supported passage of changes to the Illinois Fertilizer Act that creates a new Nutrient Research and Education Council to manage nutrient research, education, and water quality efforts;
- Supported passage of changes that would reorganize the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) and would put into place recommendations made several years ago by agricultural and commodity groups; and
- Secured passage of legislation that addresses issues of thefts of recyclable metals and requires buyers of recyclable metals to keep certain records and prohibits the sale of certain metals and metal items.