April 28, 2017

Bill setting privatization safeguards passes House

House Bill 3216, which aims to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers, passed out of the House on April 27 with a vote of 64-52-2. Sponsored by Rep. Litesa Wallace, the legislation prevents the state from privatizing services currently performed by state employees without first meeting rigorous requirements.

According to the bill—whose Senate companion, SB 1653, is sponsored by Sen. Andy Manar—the state can only enter into third-party contracts when those contracts are in the best interest of Illinois. In order for a third-party contract to be deemed in the state’s best interest, it has to clearly demonstrate that it meets numerous conditions.

“This bill is incredibly important for our state,” said John Cameron, Director of Political and Community Relations at AFSCME Council 31. “We must protect taxpayers from irresponsible privatization schemes that hurt workers and degrade public services.”

Some of the conditions for third-party contracts include:

SB 1653 will likely be voted on in the Senate next week.

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