Rep. Olsen’s First Bill Clears House Committee in Unanimous Vote

State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has successfully ushered his first bill, a transparency in government initiative, through a key House Committee.

HB 682 directs the Illinois Comptroller to create and maintain an online, searchable database which provides information regarding the receipt of gubernatorial or legislative member initiatives.

Specifically, the database would include for each initiative recipient:
  • The name of the recipient and name of the elected official who sponsored it
  • The amount of money tied to the initiative
  • The funding agency and funding source
  • The purpose of the initiative
  • The location where the funds would be used
  • Information about recoverable grants tied to an initiative
“Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent,” said Olsen. “This project money flows to units of local government, school districts, not-for-profits and other non-governmental entities for worthwhile infrastructure and other improvements, but taxpayers deserve to be able to see a clear path from a budget line item to an end user for these grants.”

While presenting the bill to the House Government Transparency Committee, Olsen said he recognized the provisions of the bill are contingent upon an approved budget being in place. “My goal is to have the mechanism in place, so when we have a budget and a capital bill we can immediately move forward with a more transparent process.”

The committee vote on HB 682 was unanimous, and Olsen said a minor amendment will be suggested before the bill reaches the House floor for final consideration. If approved by the House and Senate and signed into law by the Governor, HB 682 would take effect on July 1, 2017.

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