Senators propose end to "lame duck" legislative sessions

By WEEK Producer

February 4, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 10:53 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State Representative Dave Leitch is throwing his support behind a proposal to eliminate Illinois "lame duck" legislative sessions.

A "lame duck" session happens after a legislative election, but before newly-elected members are seated.

In the past, such sessions have been used to pass controversial bills including the 2011 state income tax hike.

Ending such "lame duck" sessions would require voter approval. GOP Leader Jim Durkin wants the issue on the November ballot.

"We gotta put a stop to it," Durkin said. "It's a new era in Springfield and people are more engaged in what we're doing. Transparency is the utmost, but the fact is there's no transparency in that process."

Bloomington Republican Dan Brady has also called for ending "lame duck sessions" in Illinois.

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