Sen. Althoff has some new responsibilities in the upcoming legislative session. The 32nd District Senator has been tapped to serve on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), state government’s top oversight committee.
A bipartisan panel consisting of 12 lawmakers, JCAR is charged with reviewing new laws passed by the General Assembly, as well as administrative rules put forth by state agencies.
“In many ways, JCAR is like the umpire of state government – overseeing the rules and laws that are being implemented,” Althoff said. “It serves as a critical check in ensuring new policies are truly working on behalf of the taxpayers and people of Illinois.”
Althoff noted JCAR has weighed in on controversial policies in the past, including its opposition to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to implement a major health care expansion without first getting the approval of the General Assembly.
“JCAR was at the forefront of efforts to curb the Blagojevich administration’s abuses of power,” Althoff said. “After Blagojevich unilaterally imposed his health care plan without winning legislative approval, JCAR ruled that move was unconstitutional.
Another key role of the panel is to inform citizens about the latest state government rulemaking activities, Althoff says. Every week, JCAR publishes a report on new and current regulations, available online at http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/flinn/flinn.asp.
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