State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is advancing her agenda for improved transparency and citizen access to government activity with a House Bill filed in Springfield on February 25.
House Bill 3134 would amend the IL Public Labor Relations Act, the IL Educational Labor Relations Act and the Open Meetings Act by requiring that all finalized collective bargaining agreements be posted on agencies’ public web sites for a minimum of 14 days before any vote to ratify an agreement can occur. The bill also would require the public or educational employer to hold a public hearing about the contract after the 14-day posting period and prior to ratification.
“We have seen too many instances where the public is the last to know when their tax dollars are spent on contracts that are not in their best interest,” said Ives. “This bill shines an important light on publicly-funded contracts and allows taxpayers an adequate amount of time to read and research proposed collective bargaining agreements before boards are allowed to approve them.”
According the HB3134, the public posting period and hearing requirement would also apply to contracts between a public employer and an employee where total compensation exceeds $150,000. “The public has a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, and the provisions of this bill will go far in improving access to the information.”
The bill is currently sitting in the Rules Committee.