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May 29, 2013


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Jennie Vana

Communications Manager






Lake County Opposes House Bill 2418 that Costs Taxpayers $600,000
Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor is urging state legislators to oppose Senate Amendment 2 to HB 2418, which creates an election commission in Lake County, and in effect expands government. The proposed change would result in a $600,000 unfunded mandate annually on Lake County by duplicating staff and offices. It also treats Lake County voters differently than any other county in the state by eliminating a referendum for voters to approve.     

Lawlor said, "In this era of striving for government consolidation, our state legislators are creating another layer of bureaucracy. The legislature is singling out Lake County. The bill takes away county authority and is unfair to Lake County taxpayers and voters."

Lake County is recognized for having an extremely efficient, well-run election process under the leadership of the County Clerk. "Election returns are consistently delivered faster than other counties, and the process is widely regarded as having a high level of accuracy, integrity and fairness," Lawlor said.

A Senate committee approved the amendment, which is sponsored by State Senator Don Harmon. The full Senate could vote on the bill as soon as today.

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