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Public Act 102-0361


Public Act 0361 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 102-0361
SB0921 EnrolledLRB102 04769 RJF 14788 b

    AN ACT concerning government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act is
amended by adding Section 23 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 3305/23 new)
    Sec. 23. Access and Functional Needs Advisory Committee.
    (a) In this Section, "Advisory Committee" means the Access
and Functional Needs Advisory Committee.
    (b) The Access and Functional Needs Advisory Committee is
    (c) The Advisory Committee shall:
        (1) Coordinate meetings occurring, at a minimum, 6
    times each year, in addition to emergency meetings called
    by the chairperson of the Advisory Committee.
        (2) Research and provide recommendations for
    identifying and effectively responding to the needs of
    persons with access and functional needs before, during,
    and after a disaster using an intersectional lens for
        (3) Provide recommendations to the Illinois Emergency
    Management Agency regarding how to ensure that persons
    with a disability are included in disaster strategies and
    emergency management plans, including updates and
    implementation of disaster strategies and emergency
    management plans.
        (4) Review and provide recommendations for the
    Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and all relevant
    State agencies that are involved in drafting and
    implementing the Illinois Emergency Operation Plan, to
    integrate access and functional needs into State and local
    emergency plans.
    (d) The Advisory Committee shall be composed of the
Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency or his or
her designee, the Attorney General or his or her designee, the
Secretary of Human Services or his or her designee, the
Director on Aging or his or her designee, and the Director of
Public Health or his or her designee, together with the
following members appointed by the Governor on or before
January 1, 2022:
        (1) Two members, either from a municipal or
    county-level emergency agency or a local emergency
    management coordinator.
        (2) Nine members from the community of persons with a
    disability who represent persons with different types of
    disabilities, including, but not limited to, individuals
    with mobility and physical disabilities, hearing and
    visual disabilities, deafness or who are hard of hearing,
    blindness or who have low vision, mental health
    disabilities, and intellectual or developmental
    disabilities. Members appointed under this paragraph shall
    reflect a diversity of age, gender, race, and ethnic
        (3) Four members who represent first responders from
    different geographical regions around the State.
    (e) Of those members appointed by the Governor, the
initial appointments of 6 members shall be for terms of 2 years
and the initial appointments of 5 members shall be for terms of
4 years. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for terms of 4
years. A member shall serve until his or her successor is
appointed and qualified. If a vacancy occurs in the Advisory
Committee membership, the vacancy shall be filled in the same
manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the
unexpired term.
    (f) After all the members are appointed, and annually
thereafter, they shall elect a chairperson from among the
members appointed under paragraph (2) of subsection (d).
    (g) The initial meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be
convened by the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency no later than February 1, 2022.
    (h) Advisory Committee members shall serve without
    (i) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall provide
administrative support to the Advisory Committee.
    (j) The Advisory Committee shall prepare and deliver a
report to the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, and the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency by July 1, 2022, and
annually thereafter. The report shall include the following:
        (1) Identification of core emergency management
    services that need to be updated or changed to ensure the
    needs of persons with a disability are met, and shall
    include disaster strategies in State and local emergency
        (2) Any proposed changes in State policies, laws,
    rules, or regulations necessary to fulfill the purposes of
    this Act.
        (3) Recommendations on improving the accessibility and
    effectiveness of disaster and emergency communication.
        (4) Recommendations on comprehensive training for
    first responders and other frontline workers when working
    with persons with a disability during emergency situations
    or disasters, as defined in Section 4 of the Illinois
    Emergency Management Agency Act.
        (5) Any additional recommendations regarding emergency
    management and persons with a disability that the Advisory
    Committee deems necessary.
    (k) The annual report prepared and delivered under
subsection (j) shall be annually considered by the Illinois
Emergency Management Agency when developing new State and
local emergency plans or updating existing State and local
emergency plans.
    (l) The Advisory Committee is dissolved and this Section
is repealed on January 1, 2032.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/13/2021