Women, minority business owners could get boost in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A bill to help boost women-owned and minority-owned businesses unanimously passed legislation. 

Senate Bill 3106 was proposed by Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and introduced by Senator Toi Hutchinson. The bill 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.

"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 business will lead to a more competitive environment for contracts and, eventually, potential savings for the state."

Constitutional officers will be required to report annually on their websites how their office preforms in accordance with BEP procurement guidelines. SB 3106 was approved by the Senate 50-0 Thursday.

The bill now goes to the House. 

"I am pleased that Comptroller Mendoza and other constitutional officers took this initiative," Representative Will Davis, D-Homewood, the sponsor of the bill said. "This will help ensure that business contracts with the state become more equitable, and that helps everyone."

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