Yes, it can happen. But not in Illinois where the spring session just ended--again--shamefully and uselessly. Maybe we in Illinois should look to Kentucky where a fruitful session got things done. According to Governing:
There is at least one divided state that had a productive session this year, however.Legislators in Kentucky were able to reach agreement on issues such as job training, anti-drug legislation and changing the gas-tax formula. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear tweeted that work on a domestic violence bill "was a paradigm for the entire session -- 2 chambers & 2 political parties working together to find common ground."
Observers say Kentucky's unusually productive session was due to a change in leadership; Senate President Robert Stivers is more open to compromise than his longtime predecessor David Williams.
A change in legislative leadership, namely House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, might just be what the doctor can order.
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