State Lawmakers Pass Several Non-Budget Bills


State lawmakers didn’t reach a budget compromise Tuesday, but several other non-budget related bills squeaked through.

Two measures that were passed, with bipartisan support, included a bill to implement automatic voter registration and a policy designed to put the responsibility on life insurance companies to connect beneficiaries with unclaimed policies. 

Another bill that passed through aims to reduce guns being bought in other states and sold on the black market.  Lawmakers also agreed to expand the medical marijuana condition list to those who suffer from PTSD.

Also, democrats are re-thinking their approach after they failed to push an education bill through by the deadline.  Despite having super majorities, neither chamber could come to an agreement on a plan to fund K-12 education.  Democrats wanted to fully fund schools, but also add an additional $700 million to help poorer school districts.

The proposal would’ve also added millions to help support Chicago teacher pensions for the first time in state history.

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