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 1                    AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 2595

 2        AMENDMENT NO.     .  Amend House Bill  2595  on  page  1,
 3    line 5, after "12" by inserting ", 16, 17,"; and

 4    on page 2, before line 2, by inserting the following:

 5        "(225 ILCS 80/16) (from Ch. 111, par. 3916)
 6        Sec.   16.   Renewal,  reinstatement  or  restoration  of
 7    licenses; military service. The expiration date  and  renewal
 8    period for each license and certificate issued under this Act
 9    shall be set by rule.
10        All  renewal applicants shall provide proof of having met
11    the requirements of continuing education  set  forth  in  the
12    rules  of  the  Department.   The  Department shall, by rule,
13    provide for an  orderly  process  for  the  reinstatement  of
14    licenses  which  have not been renewed due to failure to meet
15    the  continuing  education  requirements.    The   continuing
16    education  requirement  may  be  waived  in  cases of extreme
17    hardship as defined by rules of the Department.
18        The Department shall establish by rule a  means  for  the
19    verification   of  completion  of  the  continuing  education
20    required  by  this  Section.   This   verification   may   be
21    accomplished   through   audits   of  records  maintained  by
22    registrants; by requiring the filing of continuing  education
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 1    certificates   with   the   Department;  or  by  other  means
 2    established by the Department.
 3        Any optometrist who has permitted his or her  license  to
 4    expire  or  who has had his or her license on inactive status
 5    may have his or her license restored by making application to
 6    the Department and filing proof acceptable to the  Department
 7    of his or her fitness to have his or her license restored and
 8    by  paying  the  required  fees.   Such  proof of fitness may
 9    include evidence certifying  to  active  lawful  practice  in
10    another jurisdiction and must include proof of the completion
11    of  the  continuing  education  requirements specified in the
12    rules for  the  preceding  license  renewal  period  for  the
13    applicant's  level  of  certification that has been completed
14    during the 2 years  prior  to  the  application  for  license
15    restoration.
16        The  Department shall determine, by an evaluation program
17    established by rule, his or her fitness  for  restoration  of
18    his  or  her  license  and  shall  establish  procedures  and
19    requirements for such restoration.
20        However,  any  optometrist whose license expired while he
21    or she was (1) in Federal Service on  active  duty  with  the
22    Armed  Forces  of  the  United  States,  or the State Militia
23    called into service  or  training,  or  (2)  in  training  or
24    education   under   the  supervision  of  the  United  States
25    preliminary to induction into the military service, may  have
26    his or her license restored without paying any lapsed renewal
27    fees  if  within  2 years after honorable termination of such
28    service, training, or education,  he  or  she  furnishes  the
29    Department  with  satisfactory evidence to the effect that he
30    or she has been so engaged  and  that  his  or  her  service,
31    training, or education has been so terminated.
32    (Source: P.A. 89-702, eff. 7-1-97.)

33        (225 ILCS 80/17) (from Ch. 111, par. 3917)
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 1        Sec.  17.   Inactive status. Any optometrist who notifies
 2    the  Department  in  writing  on  forms  prescribed  by   the
 3    Department,  may  elect  to  place  his  or her license on an
 4    inactive status and shall be excused from payment of  renewal
 5    fees  until  he  or she notifies the Department in writing of
 6    his intent to restore his or her license.
 7        Any  optometrist  requesting  restoration  from  inactive
 8    status shall be required to pay the current renewal  fee,  to
 9    provide  proof  of  completion  of  the  continuing education
10    requirements specified in the rules for the preceding license
11    renewal period for the  applicant's  level  of  certification
12    that  has  been  completed  during  the  2 years prior to the
13    application for restoration, and shall be required to restore
14    his or her license as provided by rule of the Department.
15        Any optometrist whose license is in  an  inactive  status
16    shall not practice optometry in the State of Illinois.
17        Any  licensee who shall practice while his or her license
18    is lapsed or on inactive status shall  be  considered  to  be
19    practicing  without  a  license  which  shall  be grounds for
20    discipline under Section 24 subsection (a) of this Act.
21    (Source: P.A. 89-702, eff. 7-1-97.)".

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