COMPTROLLER MENDOZA CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO SIGN BILL TO BOOST WOMEN-OWNED AND MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES
SPRINGFIELD, IL —The Illinois House unanimously approved legislation, proposed by Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza and sponsored by state Representative Will Davis, D-Homewood, that will require Constitutional Officers to aspire to the same goals state agencies do of working with businesses owned by women, minorities and people with disabilities.
Senate Bill 3106, which passed 112-0 in the House on Monday, requires state constitutional officers to establish aspirational goals for contract awards in accordance with provisions of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act. Under this act, 20% of contracts awarded to businesses by Constitutional Officers, including the Comptroller's Office, should go to businesses owned by minorities, women, and individuals living with disabilities.
“This marks the first time in our state's history that BEP goals will be applied to all procurements for the Office of the Comptroller,” Comptroller Mendoza said. “This is just one more step we can take towards making state government better represent and support those it serves. Encouraging the growth of these businesses will lead to a more competitive environment for contracts and, eventually, potential savings for the state. Governor Rauner should sign this legislation.”
Constitutional officers will be required to report annually on their websites how their offices perform in accordance with BEP procurement guidelines.
“I am pleased that Comptroller Mendoza and other constitutional officers took this initiative,” Representative Davis said. “This will help ensure that business contracts with the state become more equitable, and that helps everyone.”
SB 3106 now goes to the Governor’s desk after passing unanimously in the Senate last month. State Senator Toi Hutchinson introduced the bill in the Senate.
“The most important part of actually supporting the growth of these small businesses is when people in positions of authority actually make this a priority. I am thrilled that Comptroller Mendoza believes that we can either talk about it or do something about it,” Senator Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, said.
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