Overriding the Smart-Grid Veto

The Senate is overriding the Gov.’s veto on the Smart-Grid bill.
Senators voted 44-11 to override Quinn's veto of the bill earlier this month. Quinn says the bill undermines oversight and would force automatic rate hikes.
Senate President John Cullerton disputes those claims. A three-fifths majority was needed. It now heads to the House.
ComEd pushed the bill as a way to clarify 2011 legislation allowing utilities to raise rates to fund a high-tech system. But executing it has been tricky.
The Illinois Commerce Commission and ComEd disagreed over implementation. ComEd filed a court appeal over technical matters and faces a class-action lawsuit over installation delays.
The proposal clarifies some of those issues and hastens installation.

The bill is SB9.

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