The Illinois Senate returned for a one-day session August 19 to address changes the Governor made to two legislative measures approved by the General Assembly this spring, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

The Senate rejected the changes made to one proposal and accepted the changes to a second measure.

The changes rejected by the Senate were contained in the Governor’s amendatory veto of House Bill 4201. The Governor rewrote the measure to grant a property tax exemption to veterans deemed to be at least 50 percent disabled.

While most lawmakers said they support the intent of the legislation, many had concerns that the measure would be quickly ruled unconstitutional.

Others pointed out that the Governor’s hasty rewrite left major flaws in the legislation – granting a tax break for some disabled veterans with homes valued at $3 million or more, while other veterans living in much more modest circumstances would receive nothing.

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