Olsen sees lower state costs, faster procurement process in new law
Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) recently joining Gov. Bruce Rauner and other lawmakers at a signing ceremony for Senate Bill 8, a state procurement system reform measure, according to a press release.
“These reforms to the state’s purchasing system will ease burdensome regulations and save our public institutions money,” Olsen said in the release. “I am proud to have co-sponsored this pivotal piece of legislation and am pleased that I could join the Governor for the bill signing at my alma mater.”
SB8, which is retroactive to July 1, introduces several provisions to the state’s procurement process to make it more efficient and cost-effective. Olsen’s release notes that the measures will make procurement more competitive while maintaining current transparency and oversight.
“Today, in some cases it takes 9-12 months for a request for proposals (RFP) to be completed,” Olsen said in the release. “Through SB 08 that timeline will be shortened significantly, which will allow for a more competitive process and ultimately lower costs when state agencies and institutions purchase goods and services. The bill was negotiated through a bipartisan effort and stands as a prime example of the positive results that can be achieved when we all work together.”