Aims to lower Local Government costs

Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) today announced the filing of four bills designed to lower the cost of government and provide property tax relief to overburdened Illinois taxpayers.

“We need to do right by the taxpayers- that means not just changing who pays for what, but actually lowering the cost of government. This Property Tax Relief Bill Package gives local officials the tools and resources they need to lower costs and create real savings for the taxpayers they serve,” said Rep. Demmer

Included in the package of legislation filed by Rep. Demmer is House Bill 496, which allows townships with a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may be consolidated if that decision is made at the local level. House Bill 788 allows local governments to hold a public hearing and vote to opt-out of unfunded mandates if the costs of complying are not economically feasible for taxpayers. House Bill 792 allows additional local government consolidations, again, if approved by local officials or taxpayers. House Bill 793 allows local governments, school districts and public colleges to opt-out of certain unfunded mandates.

“This package of bills is aimed at reducing the burdens of unfunded mandates on
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) issued the following statement after Governor Rauner’s Budget Address on Wednesday:

“I was glad the Governor presented a balanced budget proposal, as he has the past two years. More importantly, though, he highlighted some of the key points needed to get a budget done. The State Senate has been working on a grand bargain and it was helpful of the Governor to talk about the elements he supports, what he won’t support, and our next steps moving forward. His comments can serve to help breathe additional life into these negotiations,” said Demmer.

Demmer continued, “However, a final budget solution will require the Senate, the House, and the Governor agreeing on a path forward. Today’s speech was a
Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) today announced the filing of four bills and two Constitutional amendments designed to fix a broken system and get state government back on the right track.

The first step is House Bill 787 which creates the Joint Committee of the General Assembly on Rules and Operations, a bipartisan panel of legislators who would review and make recommendations on House and Senate rules, committees, procedures, and structure of the General Assembly.

“The current system isn’t working. The House rules consolidate too much power in the hands of leadership. Rank-and-file legislators of both parties are often frustrated when they file a good bill only to have it buried in a subcommittee that never meets, or sent to a committee that never allows a vote,” said Rep. Demmer. “Additionally, the House alone has 56 committees and many more subcommittees, which makes it hard for people to participate constructively in the lawmaking process.”

“It’s time for us to modernize the House and Senate. The current system is a relic of the backroom deals and power grabs of years gone by. If we want a different result, we have to build a different system,” said Rep. Demmer.

Next is House Bill 3119 which gives the Governor the ability to call for a vote on a specific bill through a new “fast-track” authority. Currently the Governor is empowered to call a special session of the legislature and to identify the topic for the special session, but historically special sessions have been called and immediately adjourned without the legislature taking any action whatsoever.

“Fast-track authority would give the Governor the ability to propose specific legislation and get an up-or-down vote. The legislature retains its power to vote yes or no, but they can’t simply ignore a proposal,” said Rep. Demmer.

Fast-track authority is based on an idea that has been offered for the President of the Unites States as a way to spur Congress in to action.
Dixon… On the heels of being appointed Republican Conference Chairman two weeks ago, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced that he has been appointed to key education and healthcare committees. Those appointments include the Human Services Committee, Human Services Appropriations Committee, Higher Education Committee and the Special Committee on Mental Health. He was also re-appointed to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

Rep. Demmer has been charged with a heavy workload of ten committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly. “I’m ready to get to work on the important issues assigned to these committees. Education and healthcare are major policy areas that affect every community in the state. They also comprise a significant portion of the state budget, which means they’re key parts of ongoing budget negotiations. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get Illinois back on the right track,” said Demmer.

In addition to the appointments listed above, Rep. Demmer was also appointed to the Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee, the Elementary and Secondary Education: Charter Schools Committee, the Rules Committee, and as Minority Spokesperson of both the Healthcare Availability Committee and the new Cost Benefit Analysis Committee.

Constituents can find more information on committee assignments, participate in Rep. Demmer’s 2017 Legislative Survey, and contact him further at his legislative website- tomdemmer.org.

Rep. Demmer can also be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court, Rochelle, IL 61068 or by calling the office at (815) 561-3690.
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