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Fall Veto Session Wrap-Up; Illinois General Assembly Now Heads Home
Posted on: 11/8/2017
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The Illinois General Assembly has concluded all business for 2017, with Thursday as the final day of the annual fall veto session. Barring unforeseen circumstances, lawmakers won't return to Springfield again until 2018.

Historically, the veto session is an opportunity for lawmakers to consider overrides of veto actions taken by the governor. It is also generally a period that allows for the handling of unfinished legislative items remaining from the spring session. 

Sexual harassment took center stage during this veto session and dominated much of the legislative agenda. Earlier this week, the House and Senate sent a bill to Governor Rauner that would require sexual harassment and awareness training for government officials, staff and lobbyists.

During the coming weeks, ISMS will focus on preparing our 2018 legislative agenda. Many of our priorities are defined by directives of the ISMS House of Delegates. We also expect to be fully engaged on all big health-related issues, such as Medicaid reform and the opioid crisis.

On the regulatory front, 2018 will be significant as the rules for the ISMS-initiated Network Adequacy and Transparency Act will be developed. Our engagement in the rulemaking process will be critical to ensure that the law’s intentions are followed and that important provisions do not get watered down.

If you are interested in real-time updates on Illinois health legislation and ISMS advocacy, be sure to follow ISMS’ legislative Twitter account @ISMSLegislative.

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