Harris changed Senate Bill 10 before Tuesday’s vote, delaying its effective date until June 1. That meant the bill needed 60 votes to pass the House on Tuesday instead of 71. It is also the reason why the Senate had to vote on the bill again after passing it on Valentine’s Day.It was apparently not well thought through, because June 1, 2014 falls on a Sunday when the offices of the county clerks are closed.
Some clerks have said their offices will be open, but others are yet undecided. So one politician, Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), has proposed to - you guessed it! - change the effective date of the legislation yet again, and to move it earlier.
To be fair, I'm not a lawyer. However, it seems to me that if the effective date is moved earlier then the bill should require a new voted and require the original number of votes needed to pass: 71 instead of the lower 60 in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers, however, won't do that because the bill only received 61 votes in the House.
This is what happens when legislators legislate by emotion and not by reason. Was it really that difficult to consult a calendar?
Welcome to Illinois.