SCHIMPF WEEK IN REVIEW APRIL 24 - 28
MURPHYSBORO, IL - Lawmakers reported some small steps on the budgetary impasse, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
The Governor and House Speaker Michael Madigan met for the first time in several months. Reports suggest the meeting was a positive development.
Senator Schimpf began his week by co-hosting a coal forum with fellow Southern Illinois Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and Congressmen Mike Bost and John Shimkus. The two Senators and Congressmen heard testimony from Southern Illinois coal producers and coal generation stations.
Coal stakeholders expressed their disappointment that the Illinois permitting processes are slower than that of surrounding states. They also explained that the complicated Midwestern electric supply market places Illinois electricity producers at a disadvantage.
This week the Illinois Senate focused primarily on moving legislation from the Senate floor to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Schimpf passes first bills
Senator Schimpf was successful in getting a trio of bills passed by the Illinois Senate this week. Senate Bill 1433 enables small businesses to have more flexibility when it comes to dealing with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Senate Bills 1756 and 1757 deal with fixing technical issues concerning the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Illinois Senate passes 2nd Amendment infringement legislation
Over the objections of Senator Schimpf and several other of his Senate Republican colleagues, a bad piece of anti-gun legislation passed the Illinois Senate on April 27. The measure, Senate Bill 1756, creates a state licensing requirement on top of federal requirements for nearly all of Illinois' firearm dealers.
Currently, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) handles the licensure of all federal firearm license holders. The proposed new Illinois license requirements were described by experts during committee testimony as ten-times more onerous than existing federal regulations. The proposed regulations would likely force many small firearms businesses to close.