Gun control likely out of Lame Duck talks

By WEEK Reporter

January 6, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Little progress was made Sunday night, as Illinois lawmakers enter into the final 48 hours of the Lame Duck session.

By late evening hours, a House committee had voted down a measure requiring some businesses to make their income-tax bills public.

The Senate approved that legislation in November.

The big topic to tackle is Illinois' massive pension problem.

A House hearing that was set for Monday morning has been moved to noon.

According to published reports, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's still hopeful a pension agreement can be reached by Tuesday night, the last night of the current legislative session.

The Senate could return Tuesday if the House does pass a pension bill before then, but Madigan says lawmakers could defer discussing shifting costs to local school districts.

Meantime, Capitol Fax is reporting that a vote will not likely be made on an assault weapons ban during the lame duck session.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Elaine Nekritz made the announcement in a video by Illinois Watchdog.

"My phone has been buzzing nonstop, as I'm sure have the other email boxes of the members of this committee," said Nekritz. "However, we are not going to be proceeding on the legislation regarding the assault weapons ban, and I think that will be the case for the balance of the 97th General Assembly."

House Committee members still have yet to vote on other hot-button topics, like gay-marriage, before the new General Assembly is sworn into office on Wednesday.

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