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Full Text of SB0921  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act is
5amended by adding Section 23 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 3305/23 new)
7    Sec. 23. Access and Functional Needs Advisory Committee.
8    (a) In this Section, "Advisory Committee" means the Access
9and Functional Needs Advisory Committee.
10    (b) The Access and Functional Needs Advisory Committee is
12    (c) The Advisory Committee shall:
13        (1) Coordinate meetings occurring, at a minimum, 6
14    times each year, in addition to emergency meetings called
15    by the chairperson of the Advisory Committee.
16        (2) Research and provide recommendations for
17    identifying and effectively responding to the needs of
18    persons with access and functional needs before, during,
19    and after a disaster using an intersectional lens for
20    equity.
21        (3) Provide recommendations to the Illinois Emergency
22    Management Agency regarding how to ensure that persons
23    with a disability are included in disaster strategies and



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1    emergency management plans, including updates and
2    implementation of disaster strategies and emergency
3    management plans.
4        (4) Review and provide recommendations for the
5    Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and all relevant
6    State agencies that are involved in drafting and
7    implementing the Illinois Emergency Operation Plan, to
8    integrate access and functional needs into State and local
9    emergency plans.
10    (d) The Advisory Committee shall be composed of the
11Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency or his or
12her designee, the Attorney General or his or her designee, the
13Secretary of Human Services or his or her designee, the
14Director on Aging or his or her designee, and the Director of
15Public Health or his or her designee, together with the
16following members appointed by the Governor on or before
17January 1, 2022:
18        (1) Two members, either from a municipal or
19    county-level emergency agency or a local emergency
20    management coordinator.
21        (2) Nine members from the community of persons with a
22    disability who represent persons with different types of
23    disabilities, including, but not limited to, individuals
24    with mobility and physical disabilities, hearing and
25    visual disabilities, deafness or who are hard of hearing,
26    blindness or who have low vision, mental health



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1    disabilities, and intellectual or developmental
2    disabilities. Members appointed under this paragraph shall
3    reflect a diversity of age, gender, race, and ethnic
4    background.
5        (3) Four members who represent first responders from
6    different geographical regions around the State.
7    (e) Of those members appointed by the Governor, the
8initial appointments of 6 members shall be for terms of 2 years
9and the initial appointments of 5 members shall be for terms of
104 years. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for terms of 4
11years. A member shall serve until his or her successor is
12appointed and qualified. If a vacancy occurs in the Advisory
13Committee membership, the vacancy shall be filled in the same
14manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the
15unexpired term.
16    (f) After all the members are appointed, and annually
17thereafter, they shall elect a chairperson from among the
18members appointed under paragraph (2) of subsection (d).
19    (g) The initial meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be
20convened by the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management
21Agency no later than February 1, 2022.
22    (h) Advisory Committee members shall serve without
24    (i) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall provide
25administrative support to the Advisory Committee.
26    (j) The Advisory Committee shall prepare and deliver a



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1report to the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, and the
2Illinois Emergency Management Agency by July 1, 2022, and
3annually thereafter. The report shall include the following:
4        (1) Identification of core emergency management
5    services that need to be updated or changed to ensure the
6    needs of persons with a disability are met, and shall
7    include disaster strategies in State and local emergency
8    plans.
9        (2) Any proposed changes in State policies, laws,
10    rules, or regulations necessary to fulfill the purposes of
11    this Act.
12        (3) Recommendations on improving the accessibility and
13    effectiveness of disaster and emergency communication.
14        (4) Recommendations on comprehensive training for
15    first responders and other frontline workers when working
16    with persons with a disability during emergency situations
17    or disasters, as defined in Section 4 of the Illinois
18    Emergency Management Agency Act.
19        (5) Any additional recommendations regarding emergency
20    management and persons with a disability that the Advisory
21    Committee deems necessary.
22    (k) The annual report prepared and delivered under
23subsection (j) shall be annually considered by the Illinois
24Emergency Management Agency when developing new State and
25local emergency plans or updating existing State and local
26emergency plans.



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1    (l) The Advisory Committee is dissolved and this Section
2is repealed on January 1, 2032.
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.