The Illinois Senate on Wednesday approved a human services funding bill and reversed Gov. Bruce Rauner's changes to a measure aimed at combating heroin and opioid abuse in the state.
The $3.8 billion funding measure, which comes amid the monthslong Illinois budget stalemate, would authorize state spending for human services programs as well as Illinois lottery prizes. The legislation would also provide municipalities with fuel tax funds they are due. The spending bill passed in the Senate by a 36-19 vote and now goes to the House.
By a 44-11 vote, Senate lawmakers on Wednesday also overrode Rauner's amendatory veto of a bipartisan anti-heroin bill. The governor stripped provisions from the bill, HB 1, involving Medicaid coverage of addiction treatment and anti-overdose medications. The House overrode Rauner's changes to HB 1 last week, meaning the legislation can now take effect.