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AN ACT concerning spending.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State
It is the continuing policy
of the State to provide the citizens of Illinois with a
government that is accountable to the taxpayers. To carry out
this policy effectively, it is essential that the General
Assembly examine expenditures of the State for programs and
services and make recommendations to reduce spending.
Creation of Commission.
The Commission on
Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending, hereafter
in this Act referred to as the "Commission", is hereby created
in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget to examine
expenditures of the State and make recommendations to the
Governor and General Assembly to reduce State spending. The
(1) Conduct investigations to ascertain facts, review
appropriations and expenditures, and make recommendations
and reports concerning revenues and expenditures of the
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State, its departments, subdivisions, and agencies,
whether created by the Constitution or otherwise.
(2) Review the budget submitted by the Governor and
make recommendations for reducing expenditures set forth
in the budget, provided the Commission shall take into
account any specific areas of reductions recommended for
the Commission's review by the Governor and the statewide
prioritized budgetary goals established by Section 50-25
of the State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of
Illinois, as those goals are reflected in the budget
submitted by the Governor.
(3) Review programs, strategies, and activities
conducted by agencies and grant recipients to determine
whether they are achieving the prioritized outcomes and
meeting the goals established under Section 50-25 of the
State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of
Illinois in an efficient manner and make recommendations to
reduce appropriations or expenditures of agencies and
grant recipients failing to meet the outcomes and goals.
(4) Consider budgetary reductions at the State and
local levels of government through the reduction or
elimination of statutorily mandated expenditures or the
consolidation of government agencies and instrumentalities
to eliminate waste and inefficiency in the operation of
State and local government.
The Commission shall have continuing existence and may
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meet, act, and conduct its business at any place within this
State, during the sessions of the General Assembly or any
recess thereof, and in the interim periods between sessions.
Composition of Committee.
The Commission shall
consist of 8 members as follows: 2 members of the General
Assembly appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom
shall serve as co-chair of the Commission; 2 members of the
General Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, one of whom shall serve as co-chair of the
Commission; 2 members of the General Assembly appointed by the
Minority Leader of the Senate; and 2 members of the General
Assembly appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
Representatives. The Governor shall appoint 2 additional
members to serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity. A vacancy
shall be filled in the same manner as the initial appointment.
Reports of the Commission.
The Commission may,
upon the concurrence of a majority of its members, issue a
report with recommendations. The Commission shall conduct at
least one public hearing prior to issuing any report and allow
interested persons to present their views and comments. The
Commission may prescribe reasonable rules for the conduct of
public hearings and issuance of reports. Reports of the
Commission shall include the following: (i) the expenditure,
State program, or service examined; (ii) a detailed description
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of the investigation conducted by the Commission; (iii) any
inquiries for the Governor, if applicable, related to the
expenditure, State program, or service; (iv) specific
recommendations for change, improvement, reduction, or
elimination of the State program or service; and (v) a detailed
formal request for action by the Governor. Any report making a
recommendation shall be filed with the Governor, Secretary of
the Senate, and Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Response of the Governor.
Upon receipt of a
report, the Governor shall respond, in writing, within 30
calendar days. Such response shall be filed with the Secretary
of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives. The
Governor's response shall include a response to any inquiries
made in the report and a specific response to each
recommendation of the Commission stating whether the Governor
accepts or rejects the recommendation. If the Governor accepts
a recommendation of the Commission, the response shall include
a description of any action that has or will be taken to comply
with the recommendation. If the Governor rejects the
recommendation of the Commission, the response shall include
reasons for the rejection.
Cooperation of State agencies.
Office of Management and Budget shall cooperate with the
Commission by providing relevant data, documents, and other
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information as requested by the Commission. The Governor's
Office of Management and Budget shall, upon request, provide
the Commission with an analysis of the costs or savings
associated with any potential recommendation. At the request of
the Commission, each State agency shall, without delay, make
available any record or information requested and shall provide
for examination and copying of all records, accounts, papers,
reports, accounts, papers, reports, vouchers, correspondence,
books and other documentation in the custody of that agency,
including information stored in electronic data processing
systems, which is related to or within the scope of an
investigation conducted by the Commission.
The Governor's Office
of Management and Budget shall provide administrative and other
support to the Commission.
This Act takes effect upon