Rep. Mike Smiddy

Filed: 4/15/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 6123 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Military Code of Illinois is amended by
5adding Section 93.1 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 1805/93.1 new)
7    Sec. 93.1. Pre-deployment and post-deployment testing. All
8members of the Illinois National Guard shall undergo
9pre-deployment and post-deployment testing for depleted
10uranium. The Department shall cover the costs associated with
11such testing. If a federal law requiring pre-deployment and
12post-deployment testing for depleted uranium for members of the
13National Guard takes effect, then this Section 93.1 shall be
14inoperative on and after the effective date of that federal



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1    Section 10. The Department of Veterans Affairs Act is
2amended by changing Section 2 as follows:
3    (20 ILCS 2805/2)  (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 67)
4    Sec. 2. Powers and duties. The Department shall have the
5following powers and duties:
6    To perform such acts at the request of any veteran, or his
7or her spouse, surviving spouse or dependents as shall be
8reasonably necessary or reasonably incident to obtaining or
9endeavoring to obtain for the requester any advantage, benefit
10or emolument accruing or due to such person under any law of
11the United States, the State of Illinois or any other state or
12governmental agency by reason of the service of such veteran,
13and in pursuance thereof shall:
14        (1) Contact veterans, their survivors and dependents
15    and advise them of the benefits of state and federal laws
16    and assist them in obtaining such benefits;
17        (2) Establish field offices and direct the activities
18    of the personnel assigned to such offices;
19        (3) Create and maintain a volunteer field force; the
20    volunteer field force may include representatives from the
21    following without limitation: educational institutions,
22    labor organizations, veterans organizations, employers,
23    churches, and farm organizations; the volunteer field
24    force may not process federal veterans assistance claims;
25        (4) Conduct informational and training services;



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1        (5) Conduct educational programs through newspapers,
2    periodicals, social media, television, and radio for the
3    specific purpose of disseminating information affecting
4    veterans and their dependents;
5        (6) Coordinate the services and activities of all state
6    departments having services and resources affecting
7    veterans and their dependents;
8        (7) Encourage and assist in the coordination of
9    agencies within counties giving service to veterans and
10    their dependents;
11        (8) Cooperate with veterans organizations and other
12    governmental agencies;
13        (9) Make, alter, amend and promulgate reasonable rules
14    and procedures for the administration of this Act;
15        (10) Make and publish annual reports to the Governor
16    regarding the administration and general operation of the
17    Department;
18        (11) (Blank); and
19        (12) (Blank); and .
20        (13) Provide non-monetary assistance to any resident
21    of Illinois who served on active duty in Afghanistan, Iraq,
22    Kuwait, or Qatar with any component of the U.S. Armed
23    Forces, including the Illinois National Guard, who
24    requests a pre-deployment or post-deployment test for
25    depleted uranium in accessing federal resources for
26    pre-deployment and post-deployment testing for depleted



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1    uranium; if a federal law requiring pre-deployment and
2    post-deployment testing for depleted uranium for past and
3    present members of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces
4    takes effect, then this paragraph (13) shall be inoperative
5    on and after the effective date of that federal law.
6    The Department may accept and hold on behalf of the State,
7if for the public interest, a grant, gift, devise or bequest of
8money or property to the Department made for the general
9benefit of Illinois veterans, including the conduct of
10informational and training services by the Department and other
11authorized purposes of the Department. The Department shall
12cause each grant, gift, devise or bequest to be kept as a
13distinct fund and shall invest such funds in the manner
14provided by the Public Funds Investment Act, as now or
15hereafter amended, and shall make such reports as may be
16required by the Comptroller concerning what funds are so held
17and the manner in which such funds are invested. The Department
18may make grants from these funds for the general benefit of
19Illinois veterans. Grants from these funds, except for the
20funds established under Sections 2.01a and 2.03, shall be
21subject to appropriation.
22    The Department has the power to make grants, from funds
23appropriated from the Korean War Veterans National Museum and
24Library Fund, to private organizations for the benefit of the
25Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library.
26    The Department has the power to make grants, from funds



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1appropriated from the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, for
2benefits authorized under the Survivors Compensation Act.
3(Source: P.A. 99-314, eff. 8-7-15.)
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect June 30,