Veto session update

With little legislative action occurring during the first week of scheduled veto session, Republican lawmakers are anticipating a heavier workload during the three days remaining in the scheduled session.

Several bills could be considered when lawmakers return next week, including possible changes to the Healthcare Right of Conscience law. This Act allows people the right to refuse to receive or take part in healthcare services that are contrary to their conscience. Some Democratic lawmakers have indicated that they would like to make changes to the long-standing law so that the protections don’t apply to COVID vaccinations and testing.

Another measure that Democrats could bring before the General Assembly would ban so-called “ghost” guns, which are guns built from kits that don’t have serial numbers.

Consideration could also be given to a proposal that would set in place protocols to display the U.S. flag at half-staff in Illinois, and a possible gaming expansion bill.

Lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Oct. 26.

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