Plus, when the session involves retiring lawmakers or those who weren't re-elected, most are more willing to make a risky vote. That's why, during lame duck days, we're more likely to see big controversial topics come up. One at the beginning of the month involved okaying drivers licenses for illegal immigrants.
Critics say it's a loophole and they want to see all ideas given the same treatment no matter when the issue's brought up. Some want to bump up votes during lame duck sessions to a 3/5 vote. That's 60%.
But, Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) says he knows it won't come without a fight since lame duck sessions have been so successful in getting those tough issues passed. There wasn't much this last round, but two years ago is when lawmakers passed the income tax hike, civil unions and banned the death penalty.