Conference committee may not be solution to pension problem

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn has an idea how to solve the pension crisis, but some experts say it may not work. A conference committee is group of lawmakers, democrats and republicans from both the house and senate. Its goal is to give the stamp of approval to a bill that may be tough to agree on.

But former state senator Larry Bomke has served on these committees in the past. He says, in this case, it may not work.

Usually the leaders of the house and senate have to be in agreement. Right now the sides are far apart. Which could mean a tough time at Wednesday's special session.

"The hang-up may be that the senate president and the speaker of the house cannot come to an agreement. Then the conference committee is pointless because they could never come to an agreement to put it into a bill," Bomke said.

Plus, the speaker doesn't like the idea of a conference committee. He wants the senate to vote on the house bill, which makes deeper cuts. The senate didn't support the bill because many lawmakers thought it was unconstitutional.

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