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AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Public Utilities Act is amended by adding
Section 8-201.6 as follows:
(220 ILCS 5/8-201.6 new)
Deferral of deposit; victims of domestic
For the purposes of this Section, "domestic violence"
means abuse by a family or household member, as "abuse" and
"family or household members" are defined in Section 103 of the
Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986.
A utility shall defer the utility's initial credit and
deposit requirements for a period of 60 days for a residential
customer or applicant who is a victim of domestic violence. To
be eligible for the deferral under this Section, the domestic
violence must (1) have been the basis for the issuance of an
order of protection or (2) be certified by treating medical
personnel, law enforcement personnel, a State's Attorney, the
Attorney General, or a domestic violence shelter. The
certification letter must be printed on the certifying entity's
letterhead or accompanied by a letter on the certifying
entity's letterhead that identifies the certifying individual.