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1    AN ACT concerning spending.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Commission on Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State
6Spending Act.
7    Section 5. Legislative intent. It is the continuing policy
8of the State to provide the citizens of Illinois with a
9government that is accountable to the taxpayers. To carry out
10this policy effectively, it is essential that the General
11Assembly examine expenditures of the State for programs and
12services and make recommendations to reduce spending.
13    Section 10. Creation of Commission. The Commission on
14Taxpayer Oversight and Reduction of State Spending, hereafter
15in this Act referred to as the "Commission", is hereby created
16in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget to examine
17expenditures of the State and make recommendations to the
18Governor and General Assembly to reduce State spending. The
19Commission shall:
20        (1) Conduct investigations to ascertain facts, review
21    appropriations and expenditures, and make recommendations
22    and reports concerning revenues and expenditures of the



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1    State, its departments, subdivisions, and agencies,
2    whether created by the Constitution or otherwise.
3        (2) Review the budget submitted by the Governor and
4    make recommendations for reducing expenditures set forth
5    in the budget, provided the Commission shall take into
6    account any specific areas of reductions recommended for
7    the Commission's review by the Governor and the statewide
8    prioritized budgetary goals established by Section 50-25
9    of the State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of
10    Illinois, as those goals are reflected in the budget
11    submitted by the Governor.
12        (3) Review programs, strategies, and activities
13    conducted by agencies and grant recipients to determine
14    whether they are achieving the prioritized outcomes and
15    meeting the goals established under Section 50-25 of the
16    State Budget Law of the Civil Administrative Code of
17    Illinois in an efficient manner and make recommendations to
18    reduce appropriations or expenditures of agencies and
19    grant recipients failing to meet the outcomes and goals.
20        (4) Consider budgetary reductions at the State and
21    local levels of government through the reduction or
22    elimination of statutorily mandated expenditures or the
23    consolidation of government agencies and instrumentalities
24    to eliminate waste and inefficiency in the operation of
25    State and local government.
26    The Commission shall have continuing existence and may



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1meet, act, and conduct its business at any place within this
2State, during the sessions of the General Assembly or any
3recess thereof, and in the interim periods between sessions.
4    Section 15. Composition of Committee. The Commission shall
5consist of 8 members as follows: 2 members of the General
6Assembly appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom
7shall serve as co-chair of the Commission; 2 members of the
8General Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the House of
9Representatives, one of whom shall serve as co-chair of the
10Commission; 2 members of the General Assembly appointed by the
11Minority Leader of the Senate; and 2 members of the General
12Assembly appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
13Representatives. The Governor shall appoint 2 additional
14members to serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity. A vacancy
15shall be filled in the same manner as the initial appointment.
16    Section 20. Reports of the Commission. The Commission may,
17upon the concurrence of a majority of its members, issue a
18report with recommendations. The Commission shall conduct at
19least one public hearing prior to issuing any report and allow
20interested persons to present their views and comments. The
21Commission may prescribe reasonable rules for the conduct of
22public hearings and issuance of reports. Reports of the
23Commission shall include the following: (i) the expenditure,
24State program, or service examined; (ii) a detailed description



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1of the investigation conducted by the Commission; (iii) any
2inquiries for the Governor, if applicable, related to the
3expenditure, State program, or service; (iv) specific
4recommendations for change, improvement, reduction, or
5elimination of the State program or service; and (v) a detailed
6formal request for action by the Governor. Any report making a
7recommendation shall be filed with the Governor, Secretary of
8the Senate, and Clerk of the House of Representatives.
9    Section 25. Response of the Governor. Upon receipt of a
10report, the Governor shall respond, in writing, within 30
11calendar days. Such response shall be filed with the Secretary
12of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives. The
13Governor's response shall include a response to any inquiries
14made in the report and a specific response to each
15recommendation of the Commission stating whether the Governor
16accepts or rejects the recommendation. If the Governor accepts
17a recommendation of the Commission, the response shall include
18a description of any action that has or will be taken to comply
19with the recommendation. If the Governor rejects the
20recommendation of the Commission, the response shall include
21reasons for the rejection.
22    Section 30. Cooperation of State agencies. The Governor's
23Office of Management and Budget shall cooperate with the
24Commission by providing relevant data, documents, and other



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1information as requested by the Commission. The Governor's
2Office of Management and Budget shall, upon request, provide
3the Commission with an analysis of the costs or savings
4associated with any potential recommendation. At the request of
5the Commission, each State agency shall, without delay, make
6available any record or information requested and shall provide
7for examination and copying of all records, accounts, papers,
8reports, accounts, papers, reports, vouchers, correspondence,
9books and other documentation in the custody of that agency,
10including information stored in electronic data processing
11systems, which is related to or within the scope of an
12investigation conducted by the Commission.
13    Section 35. Administrative Support The Governor's Office
14of Management and Budget shall provide administrative and other
15support to the Commission.
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
17becoming law.