The Washington State Wire reports on a suit that could echo into Illinois.
Here we have shell bills.
Mike Madigan and Jack Franks, among others, gained fame for them.
They are placeholders for last minute legislation the contents are not known when the shell bills are introduced.
In the State of Washington, such bills are called “Title only bills.”
In the State of Washington,
The legality of Title Only bills is being challenged in a new lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court.
It’s the first time the practice has been challenged out there.
Here is the official Washington definition:
“a bill which contains nothing more than a title and a number. It is introduced in order to have a vehicle on which to amend substance at a later time.”
Sounds a lot what what happens in Illinois.
Critics of the practice in Washington say,
Title Only bills are designed to “bypass the state constitution and cut the public out of the process.”
Maybe someone will sue in Illinois.