Before the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) could meet to decide whether to override Governor JB Pritzker’s attempt to circumvent the constitutional law-making process, the governor’s office repealed their controversial emergency rule, according to State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
Last Friday, the Governor filed an emergency rule that would create criminal penalties for businesses opening up against the rules of his stay-at-home order, by making the act a Class A Misdemeanor.
“Governor Pritzker apparently believed that the Illinois General Assembly is a non-essential branch of government,” said State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo). “This decision by Governor Pritzker to circumvent the legislature and add criminal penalties to the public health code via emergency rule was an unwarranted act of arrogance that will further exacerbate the divisions in our state and undermine the public's already diminishing confidence in his administration.”
On Wednesday, the bi-partisan JCAR was scheduled to meet to review the Governor’s emergency rule and vote on whether to override it. The meeting was delayed for multiple hours while negotiations and deliberations took place. By the time the panel met, the governor’s office had agreed to repeal the emergency rule proposal.
“I am tremendously happy that JCAR was able to get this misguided proposal from the Governor’s office repealed,” said State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo). “I am hopeful that this will help send a message that all jobs are essential and people shouldn’t be punished for simply trying to earn a living.”