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Lawmakers head home for holidays

SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are headed home until next year. The fall veto session wrapped up Thursday afternoon but some issues remain unresolved.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are headed home until next year. The fall veto session wrapped up Thursday afternoon but some issues remain unresolved. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

When lawmakers spoke at the beginning of the fall session, they warned not to have high hopes for too much action. The exception was same-sex marriage which passed Tuesday. But, as far as the rest of the big ticket issues, they'll have to wait until next year.

"The first instinct in this building is always, 'let's wait. Let's just keep working on it. We'll figure it out eventually.'"

That seems to be the case as lawmakers finish up the fall agenda. They spent five days debating and positioning themselves on some of the biggest issues facing the state like tax breaks for ADM, back-pay for thousands of state workers and increased penalties for gun crimes, but all of that and more will be carried over to the new year.

It has some lawmakers fed up.

"Let's wait until the spring. We've got to wait until the spring. We don't do 'kick the can down the road' very well down here."

What better example than pensions? The topic never came up during the short session. Top lawmakers want one plan to fix the $100 billion shortfall, so they're waiting to vote until they get it just right; at a price-tag of $5-million a day.

"I think we need to, sometimes do things, if it means incremental change, it means incremental change, but let's start passing good policy and let's start fixing the problems of the state."

Lawmakers aren't due back until the end of January. If the special pension committee strikes a deal before then, they could be back sooner.
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