Two of Illinois’ constitutional officers weighed in during the week of Feb. 23-27 on state and legislative matters that Senator Tim Bivins says have serious implications for the state's future.

On February 26, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation reaffirming the authority of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), a bipartisan rulemaking committee that was consistently bypassed by former Governor Rod Blagojevich. House Bill 398 reestablishes JCAR’s role as a valued rulemaking power.

In a statement, Governor Quinn explained that by signing House Bill 398 he was “reaffirming this administration’s commitment” to adhere to the rulings and findings of JCAR.  He noted that it was also a demonstration of his administration’s “commitment…to follow the rule of law.”

Senator Bivins applauded the new law, noting that Blagojevich’s disregard for JCAR’s decisions showed his contempt for the Legislature and the lawmaking process.

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