State Sen. Bill Brady said he will vote for a proposed amendment to require a super-majority on all pension reforms. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - State Senator Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said he supports a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution that's designed to make it more difficult to enact pension reforms.
"On its face, that it would require a larger number of votes to increase pension benefits, that's a good thing. The practical side of whether it does any good will remain to be seen," Brady said.
The bill, known as Constitutional Amendment 49, would require a three-fifths majority for any reforms to pass pension legislation.
Brady says Illinois Democrats are pushing the plan because it will show they did something to fix the pension system, even if it accomplishes nothing.
"The Chicago Democrats are playing a political game. Most pension enhancements pass by an almost unanimous vote," Brady said.
Brady added that there might be merit to requiring all measures to get a super-majority if it's going to be required on all pension legislation.
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