Davidsmeyer: Lawmakers Shouldn’t Receive Pay During Overtime Session

Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville drew vocal criticism from his peers during a speech on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday, while speaking about legislator pay during the current overtime session of the General Assembly.

The House passed – nearly unanimously – a bill to give up the 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) pay raise that had previously been signed into law and was to have taken effect with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. Governor Bruce Rauner has been a critic of the measure.

The repeal now moves to the Senate, where President John Cullerton has concerns that the measure may not be legal under the Illinois Constitution, which prohibits decreasing lawmaker pay during their current term.

The Senate is next in session on Tuesday, August 4th.


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