Barickman Walks Back Comments On SB1 Negotiations

July 28, 2017
Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, speaks at a news conference accompanied by Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, right, and Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Springfield, Ill.

In this file photo, Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, speaks at a news conference accompanied by Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, left, and Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Springfield, Ill.

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State Senator Jason Barickman is walking back comments he made in a press conference Thursday regarding negotiations over Senate Bill 1, the K-12 school funding bill.

The Bloomington Republican said that if the senate sends Governor Bruce Rauner the bill, which passed both chambers in May, that the governor had agreed to wait to act on it until after negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

“I asked the governor, I said ‘when the bill is transmitted to you, do you … will you hold the bill so that we can have a negotiation?’ He said ‘yes,’" Barickman said. "He says ‘that’s a very reasonable thing to do, but I need the bill first.’”

That came a day after the governor dismissed meeting with Democratic leaders to negotiate on the issue.

But later Thursday, Barickman issued a news release saying his remarks had been “grossly misinterpreted and misrepresented,” and that the governor had only promised to “quickly issue an amendatory veto.”

Story source: WILL