Bill Text: IL HB2379 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Veto Message

Bill Title: Creates the Fiscal Impact Statement Act. Provides that every executive order of the Governor, the purpose or effect of which is to expend any State funds or to increase or decrease the revenues of the State, either directly or indirectly, shall include a fiscal impact statement, and that the fiscal impact statement shall contain a reliable estimate of the anticipated change in State expenditures or revenues and a reliable estimate of the fiscal impact. Provides that, if an executive order affects bond authority or bond rates, the fiscal impact statement shall be prepared by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, shall specify the estimated total effect on principal and interest, and shall include the total principal on all other then-outstanding bonds of the State. Provides for the preparation, filing, and publication of fiscal impact statements. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-2)

Status: (Failed) 2017-09-01 - Total Veto Stands - No Positive Action Taken [HB2379 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB2379-Veto_Message.html

August 11, 2017

To the Honorable Members of

The Illinois House of Representatives,

100th General Assembly:

Today I veto House Bill 2379 from the 100th General Assembly, which requires a fiscal impact statement to be filed before executive orders can go into effect. I strongly agree with the commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility this legislation embodies, but the responsibility for ensuring that those important goals are reflected in executive orders constitutionally lies with the executive, not the legislature.

Under Article 5, Section 8 of the Illinois Constitution, the Governor has “the supreme executive power.” Under that provision, Illinois governors have always issued executive orders touching a variety of issues. For example, under my administration, we have issued several executive orders aimed at raising the bar on ethics in state government, making ethics and compliance the touchstone of our administration.

House Bill 2379 seeks to impose on the Governor’s executive order authority a restriction not found in the Illinois Constitution.

Foundational separation of powers principles—deeply embedded in American democracy—are explicit in the Illinois Constitution. Article 2, Section 1 reads, “The legislative, executive and judicial branches are separate. No branch shall exercise powers properly belonging to another.”

Just as executive orders dealing with ethics in state executive agencies may not dictate ethics for the General Assembly, the General Assembly may not pass legislation to coerce the Governor in the exercise of his constitutional powers.

Nothing in this veto message should be mistaken as a disagreement with the sound idea that the Governor, just like the General Assembly, the Attorney General, or any of the other branches of government, should carefully consider the fiscal impact of any actions. After all, our first duty is to be responsible stewards of the scarce taxpayer dollars entrusted to us. Not a penny should be spent without careful thought given to the value that a given policy, program, or change would provide to taxpayers.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill 2379, entitled “AN ACT concerning state government”, with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.


Bruce Rauner