- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local):

5:00 p.m.

A plan to restore state-subsidized child care assistance for low-income working parents has failed by one vote in the Illinois House.

The Democrats’ proposal Wednesday would have restored child care for parents who lost it when rules became more restrictive July 1. It received 70 “yes” votes but needed 71 to take effect immediately.

Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria used a procedure to keep the measure alive and change its provisions.

Democrats argue the legislation is necessary to keep parents from being forced to give up jobs to care for children. Because of the budget crisis, Rauner restricted eligibility July 1. His administration acknowledged it would remove 90 percent of families who received the service.


3:35 p.m.

The House has endorsed a plan to spare thousands of people who receive state-subsidized at-home care.

The 74-13 vote Wednesday sends the measure to Rauner. Rauner had proposed imposing stricter conditions on eligibility for care for the elderly and disabled under the Medicaid health care program to save money in the state’s budget crisis.

Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the measure. He says it would retain services for those currently receiving them while a new scoring system for determining eligibility is developed.

Service is provided to help some people stay in their homes or provide help in facilities. Proponents say it saves emergency-room and institutional costs.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois represents in-home workers. President Keith Kelleher says 34,000 people will continue receiving help.

The bill is HB2842.


1:15 p.m.

The House has overwhelmingly voted to override Rauner’s partial veto of a measure to battle heroin abuse. The vote was 105-5 to reject Rauner’s removal of Medicaid coverage from the measure.

Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says there are more heroin-related deaths in Illinois than any other state. He says his legislation could make the state a leader “for the resolution of this crisis.”

Rauner used an amendatory veto to remove expanded Medicaid coverage for medication and treatment.

Rauner pointed out that Medicaid already covers some anti-heroin medications. But proponents want coverage for widely used and effective methadone, which treats addiction, and anti-overdose drug that goes by the name Narcan.

The legislation moves to the Senate for possible override.

The bill is HB1.


12:30 p.m.

All 71 Democrats have answered the roll call in the Illinois House. That means there are just enough votes to override Rauner’s veto of pro-union legislation if the majority party toes the line.

The bill Rauner vetoed would allow the administration or the state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, wrangling for months over a contract, to seek an independent arbitrator’s intervention in case of an impasse. Rauner says it would strip taxpayers of the ability to negotiate. The union says it would prevent a strike or lockout from disrupting state services.

House Republicans say they’re united in upholding the governor’s veto. So the 71 votes needed would all have to be Democrats - and even some of them are wavering.

The bill is SB1229.


11:30 a.m.

Lawmakers have advanced a bill to prevent Gov. Bruce Rauner from closing the Illinois State Museum and four satellite sites.

The House Museums, Arts and Cultural Enhancement Committee voted 6-2 on Wednesday to send the legislation to the House floor. The Senate approved the measure last month.

Rauner has targeted the Springfield museum and sites across Illinois as a cost-savings measure during a budget stalemate with the Democrat-run Legislature. Rauner says the closures - slated for Sept. 30 - could save $4.8 million. Sixty-five employees already have received layoff notices.

Supporters like Jacqueline Ferguson say the governor’s decision is short-sighted. Ferguson says Native American tribes that have entrusted remains and other artifacts to the museum already are considering suing the state if the facilities close.

The bill is SB317.

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