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Haine working to cut red tape for Public Health Department

 

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, pushed through the Senate a measure to change the rules for the State Board of Health.

Currently, the State Board of Health has final approval over several of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s 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.”

Haine also noted that this legislation is a bipartisan measure supported by Gov. 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 was sent to the House where it has been in committee since April 20.

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