Quinn wants probe of voting by absent legislators - KMOV.com

Quinn wants probe of voting by absent legislators

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn wants to know who cast votes for about 18 Illinois House members who weren't on the floor when the utility rate-hike legislation Quinn opposes passed.
   Quinn on Thursday said nobody other than the House member should vote on such high-stakes legislation. He says the action should be investigated by the House, and he calls it a "violation of ethical conduct."
   On Wednesday, lawmakers gave electric companies the authority to raise rates to fund a modernization of Illinois' power grid.
   House rules bar members from voting on questions before the House unless they're on the floor before the vote is announced. However, it isn't unusual for the rule to be ignored.
   A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says Quinn is trying to explain a huge defeat.

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