Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
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AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 861
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 861 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
This Act may be cited as the
Domestic Violence Maintenance Task Force Act.
Domestic Violence Maintenance Task Force.
Domestic Violence Maintenance Task Force is created. The Task
(1) research and examine maintenance award patterns in
State domestic relations cases involving domestic
violence, including the amount of maintenance paid in such
cases, whether the victim or abuser is paying maintenance,
and the role of domestic violence in affecting the
economic resources available to the victim; and
(2) develop recommendations to improve the safety and
long-term economic security of victims of domestic
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violence, including, but not limited to, recommendations
(A) whether a rebuttable presumption should exist
that a primary aggressor of domestic or sexual abuse
shall not receive maintenance or temporary
maintenance, including what pieces of evidence can
trigger this presumption and how to overcome it; and
(B) whether a factor should be added to subsection
(a) of Section 504 of the Illinois Marriage and
Dissolution of Marriage Act regarding whether one of
the parties has been convicted of domestic battery or
aggravated domestic battery against the other party
under Section 12-3.2 or 12-3.3 of the Criminal Code of
Membership; compensation; meetings; reports.
(a) The Domestic Violence Maintenance Task Force shall be
composed of the following members:
(1) two domestic relations judges appointed by the
(2) the Director of the Administrative Office of the
Illinois Courts or the Director's designee;
(3) the Attorney General or the Attorney General's
(4) the following public members appointed by the
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(A) two members representing victims' rights
(B) two victims of domestic violence;
(C) two members representing family law lawyers
who shall have experience with domestic violence cases
based on a recommendation from a statewide bar
(D) two members representing family law lawyers
who shall have experience with divorce cases who work
for an organization that provides free legal services
to low-income individuals;
(5) one Representative appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives;
(6) one Representative appointed by the Minority
Leader of the House of Representatives;
(7) one Senator appointed by the President of the
(8) one Senator appointed by the Minority Leader of
(b) The Chair of the Task Force shall be selected by a
majority vote of the members of the Task Force.
(c) Task Force members shall not be compensated for their
service on the Task Force.
(d) The Task Force shall meet quarterly.
(e) No later than 15 months after the effective date of
this Act, the Task Force shall issue a preliminary report on
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the state of current practice across the State in regard to
family law practices and maintenance and domestic and sexual
violence. No later than 15 months after the release of the
preliminary report, the Task Force shall issue a final report
issuing recommendations for evidence-based improvements to
court procedures. The Task Force shall submit the reports to
the General Assembly and the Governor.
Administrative support and duties.
(a) The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts shall
provide administrative support to the Task Force.
(b) The Task Force shall review available research, best
practices, and case information to formulate recommendations.
(c) The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts is
authorized to oversee the research project.
(d) $250,000 shall be provided to administer the research
project, subject to appropriation.
This Act is repealed on January 1,