Lawmakers work around the clock as the legislative session winds down

By WEEK Producer

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 7:13 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With just three days left in the regular legislative session, Illinois Lawmakers are working around the clock.

On their way to the Governor's Desk are a bill dubbed the "puppy lemon law", a medicaid expansion bill making health care more accessible to the poor and uninsured, and a ban on hand-held cell phone usage while driving.

What about Illinois toughest issues - like pension reform, a budget, and concealed carry? Blocking legislation backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan, on Tuesday a Senate Executive Committee passed a new concealed carry plan that would not repeal local public safety ordinances including Chicago's assault weapons ban.

Governor Pat Quinn calls the bill quote "a reasonable framework." Senate bill 183 now moves to the Senate floor for a vote. Illinois has until to June 9 to enact a concealed carry law under federal court order.

As for a 2014 fiscal budget, a House committee has begun the framework with approval of a $6.6 billion spending plan for primary and secondary education and a $9 billion human services budget.

The current fiscal year ends July 1.

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