House Passes Jimenez bill designating Sangamon County the State's default hiring location

Representative Jimenez passed an important piece of legislation out of the House Wednesday that will make Sangamon County the default location for State jobs unless there is a reason they must be located elsewhere in the state.

“HB 4295 codifies into law that Sangamon County is the default location for State jobs. Over the last 2 years, we have identified nearly 400 jobs that could be located in Sangamon County that are elsewhere in the state. This legislation ensures that going forward, as positions are filled, the default location is Sangamon County unless there is a specific reason why they cannot be in Sangamon County,” Representative Jimenez said.

In 2016, Representative Jimenez spearheaded the passage of House Joint Resolution 133 that asked every agency under the Governor to compile a report listing the number of State jobs by county and a justification for the location. That report identified that nearly 400 jobs could be located in the capital city. HB 4295 requires the Director of Central Management Services to relocate all State employment positions under the Personnel Code that are not required by their nature or function to be located in another area. It also requires that all new positions created be located in the capital city unless required to be located in another specific location.

HB 4295 passed the House on a vote of 82-16-5 and now heads to the Senate for its consideration.

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