Bill Status of HJRCA0035 100th General Assembly
Short Description: CONAMEND-BALANCED BUDGET
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett
Synopsis As Introduced
Proposes to amend the Legislature and Finance Articles of the Illinois Constitution. Amends the Finance Article to provide that if a balanced budget has not been passed by June 30th of each year, the offices of Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate become vacant, and shall continue to become vacant every 90 days after the vacancies are filled until the General Assembly passes a balanced budget. Provides that within 30 days of the enactment of the law or laws comprising the State budget for a fiscal year, the Office of the Auditor General must certify whether the enacted budget will be balanced with expenses not exceeding funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year. Provides that if the Office of the Auditor General certifies that the budget is not balanced, then the offices of Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate shall become vacant upon filing notice of such certification with the Secretary of State. Amends the Legislative Article to provide that within 5 days after the vacancy of the offices of Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate, the Secretary of State shall convene the House of Representatives to elect from its membership a Speaker of the House of Representatives as presiding officer, and the Governor shall convene the Senate to elect from its membership a President of the Senate as presiding officer. Provides that only members who have not previously served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President of the Senate shall be eligible for election. Makes conforming changes. Effective upon being declared adopted.