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Verschoore-Backed Legislation Increases General Assembly’s Transparency

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

To increase accessibility and transparency in state government, state Rep. Pat Verschoore (D-Milan) is backing legislation to make all General Assembly votes available and accessible to the public online.

“The residents of our state should be able to easily access information on the Illinois General Assembly website to find out how elected officials voted on a measure,” said Verschoore. “We have a duty to provide an open and accessible government and I want to make sure that all General Assembly votes are available to the people of Illinois.”

Unanimously passed out of the House, House Bill 3103 requires the Legislative Information System to post floor and committee roll call votes taken by the General Assembly on the Illinois General Assembly Web site (www.ilga.gov). Currently, only final votes taken of bills on 3rd reading have results posted online.

This is one of a number of reform measures that Verschoore has supported to increase transparency in the legislative process. At the beginning of the 97th legislative session, Verschoore supported changes to House rules to require any amendments to bills that were to be heard in committee to have a public review period and be posted online to allow time for citizen review and comment. As part of the measure, any amendments to bills would be required to have a one-hour notice before being debated on the floor, and a two-hour notice before being debated by a committee.

“I want to make the actions of legislators in Springfield as transparent as possible,” said Verschoore. “From voting records to the content of legislation, this is important information that everyone in the state should be able to easily access. I am working to represent the people of my district and they should be able to see how I am voting.”

For more information on this or any of Verschoore’s legislation, please contact his constituent services office at (309) 558-3612.