The Illinois Constitution requires that House and Senate committees give reasonable public notice of meetings. Meeting notices must include descriptions of the items to be discussed.
The Reproductive Rights Act was assigned to a sub-committee on March 6 and never scheduled for a hearing. But on Sunday evening, the bill was posted to the Rules Committee at 6:08 and scheduled for a committee hearing at 7:08. Rep. Tom Demmer pointed to the bad process that intentionally limited the public’s ability to submit witness slips or travel to Springfield to testify against or in favor of the bill.
Sunday’s political maneuver to limit public input happened just one day after a similar procedural loophole was used to push the rate schedule for the graduated income tax proposal through a committee.