Springfield…. Following the House defeat of an override motion on Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB 1229, State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement:
“I have heard from hundreds of constituents concerned with the possible veto override of SB 1229. Folks from all walks of life expressed their opinions on both sides of the issue. In the end, the number of phone calls and messages I received imploring me to vote to sustain and to vote to override the Governor’s veto of SB 1229 was very nearly even.
This was a very difficult decision. In the end, I could not vote against my friends in Labor. I also could not support fundamentally flawed legislation that takes away negotiating authority from our duly elected Governor and hands decision-making authority over to an unelected arbitrator who is not accountable to Illinois taxpayers.
As a former AFSCME member myself, and as a retired administrator from the Illinois Department of Corrections, I have been on both sides of the bargaining table for contract negotiations. I will continue to advocate for a fair contract through good-faith negotiation between AFSCME and the Governor’s administration.”