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Full Text of HJR0025  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The development of distributed databases and
3ledgers protected against revision by publicly-verifiable open
4source cryptographic algorithms, and protected from data loss
5by distributed records sharing, colloquially called
6"blockchain", has reached a point where the opportunities for
7efficiency, cost savings, and cybersecurity deserve
8legislative study; and
9    WHEREAS, Blockchain technology is a promising way to
10facilitate a transition to more efficient government service
11delivery models and economies of scale, including facilitating
12safe, paperless transactions, and permanent recordkeeping
13immune to cyber-attacks, and data destruction; and
14    WHEREAS, Blockchain technology can reduce the prevalence
15of government's disparate, computer systems, databases, and
16custom-built software interfaces, reducing costs associated
17with maintenance and implementation and allowing more regions
18of the state to participate in electronic government services;
20    WHEREAS, Nations and municipalities across the world are
21studying and implementing government reforms that bolster
22trust and reduce bureaucracy through verifiable open source



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1blockchain technology in a variety of use cases from medical
2records, land records, banking, and property auctions; and
3    WHEREAS, The State of Illinois, through the recently
4created Illinois Blockchain Initiative, has promoted a
5collaborative regulatory exchange with technology firms,
6software developers, and service providers, so that if
7regulation is needed, it will be the product of a collaborative
8and proactive approach, with the goal of encouraging economic
9development through innovation; therefore, be it
12CONCURRING HEREIN, that there is created the Illinois
13Legislative Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Task Force to
14study how and if State, county, and municipal governments can
15benefit from a transition to a blockchain based system for
16recordkeeping and service delivery; and be it further
17    RESOLVED, That the Task Force will consist of the following
19        (1) two members appointed by the Speaker of the House
20    of Representatives, one who shall be designated as
21    Co-Chairperson;



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1        (2) two members appointed by the House Minority Leader;
2        (3) two members appointed by the President of the
3    Senate, one who shall be designated as Co-Chairperson;
4        (4) two members appointed by the Senate Minority
5    Leader;
6        (5) one member appointed by the Cook County Recorder of
7    Deeds;
8        (6) one member appointed by the Cook County Clerk;
9        (7) one member appointed by the state Division of
10    Banking;
11        (8) one member appointed by the Secretary of State;
12        (9) one member appointed by the Illinois Department of
13    Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
14        (10) two members appointed by the Illinois Department
15    of Innovation and Technology;
16        (11) one member appointed by the Illinois Department of
17    Insurance; and



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1        (12) one member appointed by the Illinois Department
2    Financial and Professional Regulation; and be it further
3    RESOLVED, That all appointments shall be confirmed by both
4Co-Chairpersons; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That all appointments to the Task Force shall be
6made within 60 days after the adoption of this resolution;
7vacancies in the Task Force shall be filled by their respective
8appointing authorities within 30 days after the vacancy occurs;
9and be it further
10    RESOLVED, That the Task Force members shall serve without
11compensation; and be it further
12    RESOLVED, That the Task Force may employ skilled experts
13with the approval of the Co-Chairpersons, and shall receive the
14cooperation of any State agencies it deems appropriate to
15assist the Task Force in carrying out its duties; and be it
17    RESOLVED, That the members of the Task Force shall be
18considered members with voting rights; a quorum of the Task
19Force shall consist of a majority of the members; and be it



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1    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall meet initially at the
2call of the Co-Chairpersons, no later than 90 days after the
3adoption of this resolution, and shall thereafter meet at the
4call of the Co-Chairpersons; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That the Illinois Department of Innovation and
6Technology shall provide administrative and other support to
7the Task Force; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall research, analyze, and
10        (1) Opportunities and risks associated with using
11    blockchain and distributed ledger technology;
12        (2) Different types of blockchains, both public and
13    private, and different consensus algorithms;
14        (3) Projects and use cases currently under development
15    in other states and nations, and how those cases could be
16    applied in Illinois;
17        (4) How current State laws can be modified to support
18    secure, paperless recordkeeping;



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1        (5) The State Public Key Infrastructure and digital
2    signatures; and
3        (6) Official reports and recommendations from the
4    Illinois Blockchain Initiative; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall present its findings
6and recommendations to the General Assembly in a report on or
7before January 1, 2018.