Andersson Sponsors Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, presented as SJRCA 4, was ratified this week by the Illinois Senate. Originally introduced in Congress in 1923, the Amendment provides that the equality of rights will not be denied by the United States or any state on account of sex.

Today, the Amendment is currently awaiting further consideration in the House of Representatives, and State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) became the first chief-co sponsor of the initiative in the House.

Andersson has supported the Amendment in the past, and was eager to sponsor its current movement in the House. “This is a long time coming, and I am excited to help garner the necessary support for this to become a reality in our state,” said Andersson.

The Amendment has been presented in the House in years prior, where both the House and Senate have each voted in favor of it, but the Amendment has yet to clear both chambers in the same year.

For passage as a constitutional amendment, 71 votes are required instead of the usual 60 votes needed for legislation. If it does get the necessary votes, Illinois would become the 37th state to ratify the Amendment.

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