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Sen. Brady seeks transparency, accountability for state vendors

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[April 09, 2011]  SPRINGFIELD -- Bringing some transparency and accountability to the process by which the comptroller pays state vendors is the aim of legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, and passed Thursday by the Senate.

InsuranceSenate Bill 1836 says that a state agency must submit a voucher to the comptroller for payment of a vendorís bill within 10 business days of receiving the bill, or return the bill to the vendor if it is determined to be incorrect.

"This is about transparency for, and accountability to, those vendors with whom the state contracts for business," Brady said. "We need to bring some order to the process. Many of these businesses, which employ thousands of Illinois workers, are waiting months for payment. The state is imposing economic hardship on these employers, which in turn is jeopardizing the employment of its citizens."

Senate Bill 1836 requires the comptroller to post a copy of the voucher on its website within five days after the voucher is received. Vouchers should be shown on the website in the order in which they were received by the comptroller and be searchable by date and name of vendor.

Passed by an 8-0 vote of the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee on March 10 and by a 58-0 vote of the Senate on April 7, Senate Bill 1836 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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

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