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Three energy bills pass committee; could be packaged together by end of session Three energy bills pass committee; could be packaged together by end of session

Three energy bills pass committee; could be packaged together by end of session

The state’s various energy industries all had their say at a pair of House committee hearings Tuesday in which three widely discussed energy bills advanced with their sponsors promising further negotiations.

By the end of the spring legislative session, all three bills – Democratic Elwood Rep. Larry Walsh’s capacity market reform and a pair of carbon-cutting, clean energy job-creating bills carried by Chicago Reps. Ann Williams (HB 3624) and Will Davis (HB 2966) – could all be part of an omnibus energy reform package.

Proposed amendment would require two-thirds vote on new taxes in Illinois Proposed amendment would require two-thirds vote on new taxes in Illinois

Proposed amendment would require two-thirds vote on new taxes in Illinois

As the Democratic-controlled state Legislature mulls a constitutional amendment to change the state’s income tax structure, Republicans in the Illinois Senate are touting a plan to require a two-thirds vote to propose or raise any new taxes in the state. Per state Sen. Dan McConchie’s plan, any proposal to raise taxes would require a greater supermajority – two-thirds of...
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Republican legislators in the General Assembly have chosen new leadership in both the House and Senate. Sen. John Curran and Rep. Tony McCombie each met members of the media after their wins. Listen to their interviews on the latest edition of Capitol Cast.

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