Rep. Natalie A. Manley

Filed: 3/21/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2372 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The State Fire Marshal Act is amended by
5adding Section 5 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 2905/5 new)
7    Sec. 5. Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator;
8certified youth firesetter interventionists.
9    (a) The Office of the State Fire Marshal shall create the
10position of Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
11within the Division of Arson and shall employ a person to serve
12in that position. An applicant to the position of Youth
13Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator must be a certified
14youth firesetter interventionist coordinator based on the
15standards set forth in Chapter 9 of the National Fire
16Protection Association's "Standard on Fire and Life Safety



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1Education, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter
2Intervention Specialist and Youth Firesetting Program Manager
3Professional Qualifications" (NFPA 1035).
4    (b) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
5employed by the Office shall be compensated at a rate that is
6comparable to the rate of compensation for a State arson
7investigator and shall be provided benefits similar to those
8of a State arson investigator. The Youth Firesetter
9Interventionist Coordinator shall also be provided similar
10means and resources as those supplied to a State arson
11investigator. The Office shall not modify any current position
12to meet these requirements. The position of the Youth
13Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator shall be created and
14filled anew, as set forth in this Section.
15    (c) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator shall
16have those responsibilities that are stipulated for a Youth
17Firesetter Program Manager in Chapter 9 of NFPA 1035. In
18addition to those requirements, the Youth Firesetter
19Interventionist Coordinator shall have the following
21        (1) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
22    shall ensure that a certified youth firesetter
23    interventionist employed within the Office, or a volunteer
24    certified youth firesetter interventionist, physically
25    sees a child whose case was referred to the coordinator
26    within 72 hours of the referral. If no certified youth



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1    firesetter interventionist is available, then the Youth
2    Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator must take the case
3    and ensure the child is seen within 72 hours. The 72-hour
4    requirement begins and continues from the time the Youth
5    Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator is referred the
6    case, including any weekend days or national and State
7    holidays.
8        (2) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
9    shall process Freedom of Information Act requests.
10        (3) The Youth Firesetter Interventionist Coordinator
11    shall create a report, to be submitted to the General
12    Assembly, that reports on the data collected in accordance
13    with NFPA 1035. The report shall be semiannual for the
14    first 2 years, and the first report shall be submitted to
15    the General Assembly by December 30, 2023. After the first
16    2 years of semiannual reporting, the report shall be
17    submitted annually.
18    (d) A volunteer certified youth firesetter interventionist
19may receive a $250 stipend for a case only if the volunteer
20certified youth firesetter interventionist is not otherwise
21compensated by another employer or entity for that case. A
22volunteer certified youth firesetter interventionist shall
23receive mileage reimbursement for any necessary travel.
24    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
25becoming law.".