90th General Assembly
Summary of SB1198
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ST GIFT BAN-ETHICS ACT                                                     

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates the State Employee Gift Ban and Ethics Act and amends the      
   Illinois Governmental Ethics Act  and  the  Illinois  Purchasing  Act.      
   Prohibits  State officers and employees of the executive, legislative,      
   and judicial branches from soliciting or accepting gifts from  persons      
   or  entities with interests affected by the activities of the officer,      
   employee, or his or her agency. Applies to the officer's or employee's      
   immediate family members.  Excludes  gifts  from  one  donor  with  an      
   annual  aggregate  value of $50 or less and other specified categories      
   of gifts.  Makes violation a Class A misdemeanor with a  fine  related      
   to  the value of the gift.  Requires each State agency to designate an      
   agency ethics officer to provide employee guidance.  Creates  a  State      
   Board  of  Ethics  appointed  by  the Governor to review statements of      
   economic interests and investigate apparent  conflicts  of  interests,      
   failures  to  comply  with  disclosure  and  filing  requirements  for      
   statements   of   economic  interests,  and  violations  of  the  gift      
   prohibitions.  Authorizes the State Board of Ethics to issue  advisory      
   opinions,   recommend   disciplinary   actions,   and   impose  fines.      
   Authorizes a violator's  ultimate  jurisdictional  authority  to  take      
   Board-recommended   or  other  disciplinary  action.  Changes  certain      
   information required in statements of economic  interests.    Requires      
   certain  State employees to file those statements with the State Board      
   of Ethics, rather than the Secretary of State.  Eliminates the current      
   late-filing fees for statements of economic interests. Authorizes  the      
   State  Board  of Ethics, rather than the Governor, to grant exemptions      
   from  certain  restrictions  relating  to  State  purchases.   Permits      
   advertising  for  State  purchases by electronic means.  Requires that      
   State agency purchases be made in accordance with rules promulgated or      
   approved by the Department of Central Management  Services.   Requires      
   the  use  of  competitive bidding, rather than the current competitive      
   selection procedures, for State agency procurements. Requires the  use      
   of the most competitive procedure reasonably available and appropriate      
   for  some  procurements  currently  exempt from the use of competitive      
   selection procedures. Requires the  use  of  competitive  bidding  for      
   other  procurements  currently  exempt  from  the  use  of competitive      
   selection  procedures.   Specifies  certain  contents  of  procurement      
   solicitations  and  of  written   procurement   contracts.   Effective      
   immediately  (portions of Illinois Purchasing Act) and January 1, 1998      
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: 99-01-12

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   0


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