Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Alliance Legislative Report 99-51


NEW LAW TO ACCOUNT FOR BOARD SPENDING

Among the many bills recently signed by Governor Bruce Rauner is a measure that will require school boards to specifically take action on travel expenses by staff and board members. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, school board members and the governing boards of community colleges and all other units of local government will be required to adopt a resolution that regulates the reimbursement of all travel, meal, and lodging expenses of officers and employees.

The Local Government Travel Expense Control Act was signed on July 22, 2016 as Public Act 99-604 (formerly HB 4379) and is effective on Jan. 1, 2017. The full text can be found here.

The Act requires school districts to adopt a policy to regulate travel, meal, and lodging expenses of officers and employees, including: the types of official business for which the expenses are allowable, maximum allowable reimbursements, and a standardized form for submission of expenses. It requires such expenses of school board members to be approved by roll call vote in an open meeting and documentation to be received in writing.

School district policy regarding such expenses will be updated in the IASB policy service PRESS Issue 93 this fall. This will provide districts with sufficient time to review the policy updates and have revised policies in place by the Jan. 1, 2017 effective date.

Please contact the IASB Office of General Counsel at 630/629-3776, ext. 1219 with questions and concerns.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 99-51, including updates regarding the School Funding Reform Commission, the School Security and  Standards Task Force, and legislation recently signed into law.