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Full Text of SB0921  102nd General Assembly


Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Filed: 4/26/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 921 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act
5is amended 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



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1    identifying and effectively responding to the needs of
2    persons with access and functional needs before, during,
3    and after a disaster using an intersectional lens for
4    equity.
5        (3) Provide recommendations to the Illinois Emergency
6    Management Agency regarding how to ensure that persons
7    with a disability are included in disaster strategies and
8    emergency management plans, including updates and
9    implementation of disaster strategies and emergency
10    management plans.
11        (4) Review and provide recommendations for the
12    Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and all relevant
13    State agencies that are involved in drafting and
14    implementing the Illinois Emergency Operation Plan, to
15    integrate access and functional needs into the Illinois
16    Emergency Operations Plan.
17    (d) The Advisory Committee shall be composed of the
18Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency or his or
19her designee, the Attorney General or his or her designee, the
20Secretary of Human Services or his or her designee, the
21Director on Aging or his or her designee, and the Director of
22Public Health or his or her designee, together with the
23following members appointed by the Governor on or before
24January 1, 2022:
25        (1) Two members, either from a municipal or
26    county-level emergency agency or a local emergency



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1    management coordinator.
2        (2) Nine members from the community of persons with a
3    disability who represent persons with different types of
4    disabilities, including, but not limited to, individuals
5    with mobility and physical disabilities, hearing and
6    visual disabilities, deafness or who are hard of hearing,
7    blindness or who have low vision, mental health
8    disabilities, and intellectual or developmental
9    disabilities. Members appointed under this paragraph shall
10    reflect a diversity of age, gender, race, and ethnic
11    background.
12        (3) Four members who represent first responders from
13    different geographical regions around the State.
14    (e) Of those members appointed by the Governor, the
15initial appointments of 6 members shall be for terms of 2 years
16and the initial appointments of 5 members shall be for terms of
174 years. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for terms of 4
18years. A member shall serve until his or her successor is
19appointed and qualified. If a vacancy occurs in the Advisory
20Committee membership, the vacancy shall be filled in the same
21manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the
22unexpired term.
23    (f) After all the members are appointed, and annually
24thereafter, they shall elect a chairperson from among the
25members appointed under paragraph (2) of subsection (d).
26    (g) The initial meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be



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1convened by the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management
2Agency no later than February 1, 2022.
3    (h) Advisory Committee members shall serve without
5    (i) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall provide
6administrative support to the Advisory Committee.
7    (j) The Advisory Committee shall prepare and deliver a
8report to the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, and the
9Illinois Emergency Management Agency by July, 1 2022, and
10annually thereafter. The report shall include the following:
11        (1) Identification of core emergency management
12    services that need to be updated or changed to ensure the
13    needs of persons with a disability are met, and shall
14    include disaster strategies in the Illinois Emergency
15    Operation Plan.
16        (2) Any proposed changes in State policies, laws,
17    rules, or regulations necessary to fulfill the purposes of
18    this Act.
19        (3) Recommendations on improving the accessibility and
20    effectiveness of disaster and emergency communication.
21        (4) Recommendations on comprehensive training for
22    first responders and other frontline workers when working
23    with persons with a disability during emergency situations
24    or disasters, as defined in Section 4 of the Illinois
25    Emergency Management Agency Act.
26        (5) Any additional recommendations regarding emergency



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1    management and persons with a disability that the Advisory
2    Committee deems necessary.
3    (k) The annual report prepared and delivered under
4subsection (j) shall be annually considered by the Illinois
5Emergency Management Agency when developing new emergency
6plans or updating existing emergency plans for the State.
7    (l) The Advisory Committee is dissolved and this Section
8is repealed on January 1, 2032.
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.".