SPRINGFIELD - Lawmakers are getting ready to head back to Springfield this week for the fall veto session.
There a lot of leftovers still on their plates from the spring session, as well as a few new issues they need to sort out. Ashley Michels previews what we can expect for the new session.
When the leaves start to turn - for state lawmakers - that means the fall veto session is right around the corner. Just a brief survey around the state, voters want solutions to the $100 billion pension crisis, a new budget, and education.
In the fall, lawmakers spend a lot of time dishing out extra money to state programs that find their budgets coming up too short. But, Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) says he's not sure yet where any of that money could go this year. State retiree health care will also be a big topic of conversation due to changes in eligibility, which left retirees with more questions than answers.
"Every legislator around the state has to be getting a call from their retirees" says Poe. Hearings will be held this week to figure out exactly what the changes will mean for your health and your wallet.
The aforementioned pension crisis is also fresh in legislators' minds.
A special committee has been working all summer on a solution with the hopes of having a deal ready when lawmakers return to Springfield. But, they say that's not looking too promising. "It's just another one of those things that gets hung up on politics and some people don't think we ever out to let a crisis go by without trying to do something and I think sometimes we're rushing into those things that take years and years and years to get here and you're not going to cure it in one year."
Other issues like same-sex marriage and gun control are likely to come up too. But, Poe says when it comes to session, you never know. "Always something pops up at the last minute and I'm sure that's going to happen."
Veto session runs for three days this week starting tomorrow, then another three days for the first week of November. Poe says the first week will be spent getting familiar with issues. They'll take action on them during the second week.