Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Children's Camp Counselor Background Investigation Act and amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Youth Camp Act, and the State Mandates Act. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services shall require every children's camp employee or volunteer who works with children to authorize an investigation to determine whether the employee or volunteer has ever been charged with a crime and, if so, the disposition of the charges. Requires the Department of State Police to provide information concerning criminal charges and their disposition. Provides for the confidentiality of such information, and provides that a violation of confidentiality is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that a youth camp licensed under the Youth Camp Act must comply with the Children's Camp Counselor Background Investigation Act. Requires implementation without reimbursement under the State Mandates Act. Effective January 1, 2005.
Fiscal Note (State Police)
No fiscal impact, as long as the fingerprint card processing fee requirement, currently in the bill, remains in tact.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Youth Camp Act, and the State Mandates Act. In the Youth Camp Act, adds definitions of "resident camp" and "day camp" and provides that requirements relating to construction permits apply only to resident camps. Provides that youth camp employees age 18 or over must authorize a criminal history records check as a condition of employment and that youth camps must ensure that such checks are conducted with respect to their employees as a condition of licensure. Authorizes the Department of State Police to conduct such checks upon the request of the Department of Public Health. Provides that the unauthorized release of confidential information concerning a criminal conviction of an applicant for employment of a youth camp is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that a youth camp may not knowingly employ a person who has been convicted of certain offenses or a person for whom a criminal history records check has not been initiated. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall charge a licensee a fee for the cost of conducting criminal history records checks, and makes those costs exempt from State reimbursement under the State Mandates Act. Effective January 1, 2005.