Morrison: House Rules are Business as Usual

SPRINGFIELD–Today the Illinois House of Representatives met in the Springfield Capitol, for the first time in nearly a year, to adopt the House Rules. State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) released the following statement after the vote:

“I voted against the House Rules today because they did not include four key priorities House Republicans had advocated. These priorities would have given lawmakers and the public more time to digest and weigh in on significant pieces of legislation before they were debated and voted on. A rushed, non-transparent process isn’t a good one, especially when it excludes the input of Illinois residents.

“I was hopeful that a new Speaker would surprise us and really shake up business as usual in Springfield; it turns out that won’t be the case as reflected in the adoption of these House rules, almost word-for-word to Speaker Madigan’s rules.

“I have and will continue to work across the aisle for good policy. I’ve co-sponsored a Democratic representative’s bill to enshrine in state law a term limit on leadership positions. This would be far more meaningful and effective than the rule change the majority party is now touting—a rule that can be easily altered by future House members.

“I encourage Illinois residents to stay engaged and participate as much as possible with what’s happening in their state capital, but the adoption of these House rules today will continue to make that unnecessarily difficult.”

Click here for more background on the four House Republican priorities for the House Rules.