State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement following the Senate’s passage of legislation to change the state’s Right of Conscience act.
“Governor Pritzker has now issued nearly 100 executive orders regarding COVID, affecting nearly every single part of people’s lives. He’s done this alone, outside the legislative process that would allow input from lawmakers who were elected to represent their constituents. Now, because the judicial system is questioning his power, his allies in the legislature are enabling him to go even further.
“The manner in which Illinois navigates the COVID pandemic is likely one of the most important public policy issues in our history. An inclusive process, where people feel that their voices are heard, helps generate buy-in for the rules. Instead, we have a Governor who has shown he is only interested in a unilateral, my-way-or-the-highway, approach.
“Now that Governor Pritzker’s approach has run into a judicial roadblock, he has convinced his enablers in the majority party to change the rules so that he can win court cases.”