- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican members of the Illinois House want to make it harder for bills to pass during lame-duck sessions in election years.

Republican House leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs said Tuesday that outgoing lawmakers use the last days of legislative sessions to pass controversial legislation. Lawmakers approved a tax increase during the 2011 lame-duck session.

Under the new legislation, lawmakers would need a super majority to approve legislation November and December before newly elected members take office in the new year.

Durkin also wants a constitutional amendment on the general election ballot. The amendment would move inauguration one month earlier to December.

Durkin says depending on the outcome of this year’s election, next January could be the “mother of all lame duck sessions.”

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The bills are HR0805 and HJRCA43

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