Ill. legislature wasting time on small issues not addressing budget problems

Ill. legislature wasting time on small issues not addressing budget problems

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SPRINGFIELD, IL - JANUARY 26: House Prosecutor David Ellis speaks during the impeachment trial for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich January 26, 2009 at the Illinois State Senate Chambers in Springfield, Illinois. Gov. Blagojevich refused to participate in the trial, and has instead chosen to make television appearances in New York City. (Photo by Whitney Curtis /Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Ellis

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 5:40 AM

(KMOV.com) -- In Illinois, pension reform is the biggest issue leading to the massive debts the state is face, but some lawmakers said the debates happening in the House focus too much on frivolous issues.

Some lawmakers give instances like laws that ban drivers from holding an animal on their laps while driving a car. Another bill would make it illegal to slaughter a lion or to possess, breed, buy or sell the animal for the purpose of killing them for meat.

Those two laws both passed a committee.

“The economy is not that bad in Illinois, so we don’t have to start consuming lions,” said Representative Luis Arroyo, “What are we going to do next? I know there is a lot of exotic pets that people eat but we don’t want to eat the king of the jungle.”

Kristina Rasmussen, from Illinois Public Policy Institute said legislators are wasting their time on the small stuff.

“There is that saying, don’t sweat the small stuff,” said Rasmussen, “We have bigger problems at hand.”

There has been some movement on pension reform as the House passed a few pieces of legislation.

“The number one issue right now is turning our state’s economy around. You cannot do that until you fix the budget problem and the pension problem,” Rasmussen said, “100 percent of their attention should be focused on the those issues

The Senate has passed some measures as well, but neither can agree on a compromise just yet.

 

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