Madigan: House Will Give Rauner's Death Penalty Legisilation Full Hearing

May 18, 2018

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reinstate the death penalty for certain violent crimes, as well as other changes he made to gun legislation, will get a House hearing.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Thursday that lawmakers will have a public hearing on the Republican governor's proposal on Monday.

Rauner made an amendatory veto this week to legislation to require a 72-hour waiting period for delivery of an assault-style rifle.

He rewrote it to make all firearms subject to the 72-hour wait and add other anti-gun violence measures including reintroducing capital punishment for killing police officers or multiple people.

Madigan said those issues “deserve a full hearing and consideration before the House.”

He said he added the governor's language to another bill to be discussed on Monday.