Amends the Procurement of Domestic Products Act. Provides that all vehicles purchased or leased by a State agency must have a Vehicle Identification Number indicating that the vehicle was manufactured in the United States. Effective January 1, 2019.
Would require all motor vehicles purchased or leased for one year or more by a state agency to be assembled in the United States or Canada.
HB 137 (Hoffman) and HB 138 (Hoffman) were both protectionist pieces of legislation that would have required the state to procure products made in Illinois and/or the United States. The Chamber opposed both bills as they would penalize large and small Illinois employers, undermine Illinois exports, hurt the state’s efforts to attract and retain foreign-direct-investment, create disputes with U.S. allies, increase taxpayer costs, and create new red tape for Illinois businesses and administrators.
SB 8 will save taxpayers money and will make it easier for the private sector to do business with the State. SB 8 ensures the state’s procurement opportunities are handled through a sensible, fair, and transparent process. The Chamber supported the measure and was an advocate for instituting both the best value procurement program and the cooperative purchasing agreements.