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Senate passes Bomke legislation on state leases

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[March 20, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD -- Senate Bill 2887 passed unanimously out of the Illinois Senate on Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, states that the Illinois Procurement Policy Board must approve leases for all state buildings over 10,000 square feet and $100,000 annually.

HardwareThe bill now heads to House of Representatives for consideration.

According to Bomke, the need for the bill came after a series of events, including a recent attempted move by the Department of Aging. The agency wanted to move from a rent-free location to a building that would cost the state $532,000 annually.

"The Department of Aging is just the most recent in a series of misuse of state properties," Bomke said. "If this bill would have been in place years ago, we would have not had to deal with the debacle of Gov. Blagojevich moving the IDOT traffic safety division to Harrisburg. We will be able to save a lot of stress by having better oversight of state property leases."

Even though the two situations differ, the changes of location by the traffic safety division and the Department of Aging would fall under the review of the Procurement Policy Board.

"One reason the traffic safety division is still in Springfield is because the former governor got arrested," Bomke said. "State property should not be moved around to fit a political agenda of the sitting governor."

[Text from file sent on behalf of Sen. Larry Bomke by Illinois Senate Republican staff]

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