Barickman legislation signed into law to modernize election rules

Certain local and state government officials will now have greater ability to modernize candidates’ filings, reducing clutter and improving efficiency, with state Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) House Bill 4395 having been signed into law August 23.

“This new law will reduce costs and save time for candidates at multiple levels,” said Barickman. “This is a small, but practical, way to speed up, simplify and improve government efficiency.”

House Bill 4395 will allow local candidates to file electronic Statements of Economic Interests, if that statement is filed with the county clerk, and if electronic filing is an option with that office.

For state legislative candidates, the ethics officer for the individual caucus would determine whether the members of that caucus would file electronically or on paper.

Statewide candidates who file with the Illinois Secretary of State would still be required to file on paper.

House Bill 4395 will take effect on January 1, 2019.

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