Quinn: Give Illinois citizens say on ethics bills

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants citizens to have the power to introduce bills involving government ethics.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants citizens to have the power to introduce bills involving government ethics.

Quinn used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to change a House bill that dealt with canceling the voter registration of people after they die.

He wrote in a provision that would allow citizens to introduce bills about standards, ethical conduct and campaign finance reform as long as they get 100,000 signatures on petitions. Each legislative chamber would have 15 days to vote on such petitions; if the petition is rejected, it would be put on the ballot for voters to decide.

State lawmakers can accept or reject Quinn’s amendatory veto. If they do nothing, the whole bill dies, including the original provisions about voter registration.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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