Bringing some transparency and accountability to the  process by which the Comptroller pays state vendors is the aim of legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Brady and passed April 7 by the Senate.

Senate Bill 1836 states that a State agency must submit a voucher to the Comptroller for payment of a vendor’s bill within 10 business days of receiving the bill, or return the bill to the vendor if it is determined to be incorrect.

“This is about transparency for, and accountability to, those vendors with whom the state contracts for business,” Senator Brady said. “We need to bring some order to the process. Many of these businesses, which employ thousands of Illinois workers, are waiting months for payment. The state is imposing economic hardship on these employers, which in turn is jeopardizing the employment of its citizens.”

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