SPRINGFIELD - Yet another advisory referendum will be on Illinois' November 2014 ballot. With the help of two Republicans - State Rep. Tom Cross and Kay Hatcher - the Illinois House Democrats agreed with Senate Democrats to ask voters the following:
"Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?"
The question is redundant, as Illinois insurance law already requires insurance companies to include prescription birth control, and has done so for ten years, State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Addison) said during floor debate. "We're asking 'Shall the law of the state be the same as it has been for the past ten years?'"
HB 6237 - Reboletti's proposal for an advisory referendum about whether or not Illinois taxpayers want a tax hike - remains in Rules Committee, and will not be on the November ballot.
The last few minutes of the Friday's afternoon debate is below, including comments leading up to the vote: 1. State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), 2. State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Addison) 3. Bill sponsor State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago). During the vote verification, Democrats mocked the verification request by shouting House members names out as the clerk read them.