House Rejects Blagojevich’s Autism Insurance Hoax

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois House on Monday voted down Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s maneuver to use an amendatory veto to add autism insurance coverage to an unrelated bill. The move violates the Illinois constitution, House Democratic lawmakers say.

“For the governor to take legislation and completely rewrite it is dangerous because where does it start and stop? And it is a cruel hoax on the families who need the insurance,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“Were the legislature to approve the governor’s changes, the courts would quickly recognize the unconstitutionality of the Governor’s move and could strike it down in a New York minute.”

There are two autism-related proposals pending before the General Assembly. Lang says the legislature could send the legislation to Gov. Blagojevich’s desk for his signature as early as November.

“I want Illinois families to get reliable autism insurance they need without violating the constitution and without deceiving families,” said Lang.

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