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Full Text of HB4134  96th General Assembly



State of Illinois
2009 and 2010


Introduced 2/27/2009, by Rep. David Reis


New Act

    Creates the Sunshine Commission Act. Provides for the appointment by the legislative leaders of a Sunshine Commission, consisting of 4 legislators and 4 public members, to conduct a thorough review of the relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness of each "State executive branch program". Requires the Commission to report its recommendations to the General Assembly within 6 months after the Act's effective date. Requires the General Assembly, by joint resolution, to approve or reject the report within 60 session days after the report is filed. Repeals the Act 2 years after its effective date. Effective immediately.

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1     AN ACT concerning State government.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5 Sunshine Commission Act.
6     Section 5. Commission; members; compensation;
7 organization.
8     (a) The Sunshine Commission is created. The Commission
9 shall consist of 4 members of the General Assembly and 4 public
10 members. The President and Minority Leader of the Senate and
11 the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives
12 shall each appoint one of the legislative members and one of
13 the public members.
14     (b) Each public member shall have professional, private
15 sector experience in the field of banking, finance, or
16 accounting, with at least one public member experienced in each
17 of those fields.
18     A public member, and any of that member's immediate family,
19 may not have a direct financial relationship with the State,
20 including through current employment, a current elected or
21 appointed position, a current contract, or a contract awarded
22 during the 5 years before that member's appointment. A public
23 member may not have had any public employment or position,



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1 other than elected office, during the 2 years before that
2 member's appointment.
3     (c) Members shall receive no compensation for, and shall
4 not be reimbursed for their expenses incurred with respect to,
5 their membership on the Sunshine Commission.
6     (d) The Commission members shall elect 2 of their number to
7 serve as co-chairs. The appointing authorities of the co-chairs
8 may not be affiliated with the same political party.
9     The Commission shall meet at the call of the co-chairs and
10 as frequently as necessary to perform its function.
11     Section 10. Review of programs. The Commission shall
12 conduct a thorough review of each State executive branch
13 program with respect to its relevance, efficiency, and
14 effectiveness in obtaining the results required by, or
15 achieving the goals expressed in, the program's enacting
16 legislation.
17     The Auditor General and each State executive branch
18 official, agency, and department shall cooperate with and
19 provide information to the Commission in the Commission's
20 performance of the review.
21     Within 6 months after the effective date of this Act, the
22 Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a written,
23 comprehensive, and detailed report of the Commission's review,
24 including without limitation recommendations as to:
25         (1) Elimination of obsolete or ineffective programs.



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1         (2) Consolidation of duplicative programs.
2         (3) Steps to improve a program's efficiency or
3     effectiveness.
4     Section 15. Action upon report. Within 60 session days
5 after the Commission's report is filed with the General
6 Assembly, each house must vote upon the same joint resolution
7 to accept the Commission's report. If the resolution is adopted
8 by a record vote of a majority of the members elected in each
9 house, the recommendations contained in the Commission's
10 report are approved in whole; if the resolution is not so
11 adopted, the recommendations in the Commission's report are
12 rejected in whole.
13     Section 20. Repeal. This Act is repealed 2 years after its
14 effective date.
15     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16 becoming law.