Rep. Laura Fine

Filed: 5/24/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 3139, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Illinois Plain Language Task Force Act is
6amended by changing Sections 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 and by
7adding Sections 30 and 35 as follows:
8    (20 ILCS 4090/5)
9    Sec. 5. Purpose. The mission of the Illinois Plain Language
10Task Force is to implement, monitor, and maintain the mission
11of this Act, including developing training requirements and
12other assistance, and to conduct a study on, and to propose any
13additional legislative measures designed to realize:
14        (1) the potential benefits of incorporating plain
15    language in State government documents, statutes, and
16    contracts into which the State enters; and



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1        (2) how plain language principles might be
2    incorporated into the statutes governing contracts among
3    private parties so as to provide additional protections to
4    Illinois consumers, to reduce litigation between private
5    parties over the meaning of contractual terms, and to
6    foster judicial economy.
7(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)
8    (20 ILCS 4090/10)
9    Sec. 10. Definition. As used in this Act:
10    "Plain language" shall have the same meaning as "plain
11writing" as used in the federal Plain Writing Act of 2010, and
12subsequent guidance documents, including the Federal Plain
13Language Guidelines has the same meaning ascribed to it in the
14Executive Memorandum of the President of the United States,
15mandating that Federal Agencies and Federal Administrative
16Rules employ plain language, issued June 1, 1998, namely that
17"plain language" documents have logical organization,
18easy-to-read design features, and use: (i) common, everyday
19words, except for necessary technical terms; (ii) "you" and
20other pronouns; (iii) the active voice; and (iv) short
22(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)
23    (20 ILCS 4090/15)
24    Sec. 15. Task Force.



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1    (a) The Illinois Plain Language Task Force is hereby
2created. The Illinois Plain Language Task Force shall be
3chaired by the Governor or his or her designee and shall
4consist of the following members: one member appointed by the
5Illinois Attorney General; one member appointed by the Senate
6President; one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
7Senate; one member appointed by the Speaker of the House; one
8member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House; and 3
9members appointed by the Governor, one of whom represents the
10interests of the banking industry, one of whom represents the
11interests of the business community, and one of whom represents
12the interests of the consumers.
13    (b) Members of the Task Force must be appointed no later
14than 90 days after the effective date of this Act.
15    (c) If a vacancy occurs on the Task Force, it shall be
16filled according to the guidelines of the initial appointment.
17    (d) At the discretion of the chair, additional individuals
18may participate as non-voting members in the meetings of the
19Task Force.
20    (e) Members of the Illinois Plain Language Task Force shall
21serve without compensation. The Office of the Governor shall
22provide staff and administrative services to the Task Force.
23(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)
24    (20 ILCS 4090/20)
25    Sec. 20. Duties. Once all members have been appointed, the



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1Task Force shall meet not less than once each quarter following
2the effective date of this Act to carry out the duties
3prescribed in this Act. An initial report delineating the Task
4Force's findings, conclusions, and recommendations shall be
5submitted to the Illinois General Assembly no later than May
631, 2019, unless such initial report has already been submitted
7to the General Assembly prior to the effective date of this
8amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly. The report to the
9General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House of
10Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in electronic
11form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the Secretary shall
12direct 9 months after the effective date of this Act.
13Thereafter, the Task Force shall make periodic recommendations
14on its own motion or at the urging of the Illinois General
16(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)
17    (20 ILCS 4090/25)
18    Sec. 25. Guidance. The Task Force shall be guided in its
19discussions on the subject of plain language by the federal
20Plain Writing Act of 2010 and subsequent guidance documents,
21including, but not limited to, the Federal Plain Language
22Guidelines the guidelines for plain language drafting
23promulgated by the President of the United States on June 1,
241998, which accompanied his plain language Executive
25Memorandum issued on the same day.



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1(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)
2    (20 ILCS 4090/30 new)
3    Sec. 30. Plain language State government communications.
4Recognizing the importance of plain language in communication
5with the public:
6        (1) the General Assembly shall draft legislation and
7    other public-facing documents using plain language when
8    practicable; and
9        (2) the executive and judicial branches of State
10    government are advised to make all efforts to draft
11    executive orders, court documents, and other public facing
12    documents using plain language.
13    (20 ILCS 4090/35 new)
14    Sec. 35. Construction. No provision of this Act shall be
15construed to create any right or benefit, substantive or
16procedural, enforceable by any administrative or judicial
17action. There shall be no judicial review of compliance or
18noncompliance with any provision of this Act.
19    Section 10. The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force Act
20is amended by changing Section 20 as follows:
21    (20 ILCS 5105/20)
22    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2019)



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1    Sec. 20. Report. On or before December 31 July 1, 2018, the
2Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force shall report its findings
3and recommendations to the General Assembly, by filing copies
4of its report as provided in Section 3.1 of the General
5Assembly Organization Act, and to the Governor. The report to
6the General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House
7of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in
8electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the
9Secretary shall direct.
10(Source: P.A. 100-403, eff. 8-25-17.)
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12becoming law.".