This year in Springfield, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) partnered with State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) on two initiatives that streamline state government operations. On August 19, Governor Bruce Rauner signed both bills into law.


HB 5031 (Public Act 100-0955) removes a duplicative reporting requirement between state agencies and human service providers. The bill received unanimous support in the House and Senate prior to being sent to the Governor.


“This new law repeals statutory language that in recent years had two departments filing the same data for pre-qualification of grants through the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS),” said Olsen. “By cleaning up the statutes, we will no longer have two employees doing the same work. Ultimately, this benefits taxpayers through improved efficiency of operations.”


SB 2721 (Public Act 100-0979) streamlines the process of regulatory oversight and aligns the licensing process of financial technology (fintech) companies by entering Illinois into a newly-created interstate compact with Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. This bill also received unanimous support in the House and Senate.


Althoff said it was a pleasure to work with Olsen on legislation that increases the efficiency of state government. “I got to know Representative Olsen through our joint service on a task force that aims to remove obstacles and barriers so that Illinoisans can access meaningful careers, and he has quickly emerged as a well-respected lawmaker,” said Althoff. “He has a keen ability to find areas of wasteful spending or duplicative services and bring forward legislation that improves the functionality and efficiency of state government.”


Both new laws took effect immediately upon being signed.