A look at lawmakers' agenda

A look at lawmakers' agenda

SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are getting ready to head back to the Capitol City next week for fall veto session.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are getting ready to head back to the Capitol City next week for fall veto session. There are a lot of leftover issues still on their plates from the spring session, as well as a few new issues they need to sort out. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has a preview of what to expect from the Capitol the next few weeks.

When the leaves start to turn, for state lawmakers, there is a lot on their to-do list. So we hit the streets to find out what you want to see them get done first.

"I want them to get working on the pension and basically just get working on the budget and get things straightened out."

"Pensions. I mean, sure it's up there, but, for me, I think they really need to worry about funding schools. It's important for our kids."

State Representative Raymond Poe (R) was asked if any of that will happen.

"It seems like everything's always about the budget."

In the fall, lawmakers spend a lot of time dishing out some extra money to state programs which find their budgets coming up too short. But, Poe says he's not sure yet where any of that money could go this year.

State retiree healthcare will also be a big topic of conversation. Eligibility changed, leaving retirees with more questions than answers.

"Every legislator around the state has to be getting a call from their retirees."

That's why there will be hearings next week to determine what exactly the changes will mean for your health and your wallet.

"Then, of course, the pensions."

The state's $100-billion problem is what a special committee has been working on for a solution all summer, with the hopes of having a deal ready when lawmakers return. But, they say that's not looking too promising.

"It's just another one of those things that gets hung up on politics and some people don't think we ever ought to let a crisis go by without trying to do something, and I think, sometimes, we're rushing into those things that take years and years to get here and you're not going to cure it in one year."

Other issues, like same-sex marriage and gun control are likely
to come up as well, but Poe says, when it comes to session, you never know.

"Always something pops up at the last minute and I"m sure that's going to happen."

Veto session runs for three days next week and three days the first week of November. Representative Poe says they'll spend the first week getting familiar with issues, then they'll take action on them during the second week.
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