- Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 08:07 AM
State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) is working to bring more efficiency to state government. Legislation filed by Haine that would change the rules for the State Board of Health passed the Public Health Committee on Tuesday.
Currently, the State Board of Health has final approval over several of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) rules, which unnecessarily delays the department’s rule-making process.
“This legislation is aimed at reducing bureaucracy in state government,” Haine said. “Government consolidation saves money and helps to speed along the process of getting important tasks done to better serve the people of Illinois. Government should work for the people in an efficient manner. Frankly, I think we need more of this.”
Senator Haine also noted that this measure is supported by Governor Rauner’s administration.
The measure would shorten the period of time the board has to respond to rulemaking and allows the IDPH to provide a short statement if they are not using their recommendations. The legislation would also do away with the per diem pay for members of the board.
Senate Bill 2416 passed the Public Health Committee and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.