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Full Text of HB5653  103rd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Veterans' Affairs Act is
5amended by reenacting and changing Section 38 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 2805/38)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2023)
8    Sec. 38. Veterans' Services Service-Related Ailments Task
10    (a) The Veterans' Services Service-Related Ailments Task
11Force is created. The Task Force shall review and make
12recommendations regarding veterans' service-related ailments
13that are not recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans
14Affairs, including exploring why certain service-related
15ailments are not recognized and determining what may be done
16to have them recognized.
17    Additionally, the Task Force shall assess ways the State
18of Illinois can improve the rate at which disability
19compensation claims are approved by the federal government and
20correct the disparity between the U.S. Department of Veterans
21Affairs' approval of disability compensation for Illinois
22veterans and that which is approved for veterans in other



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1    (b) The Task Force shall have 15 members, comprised as
3        (1) The Director of Veterans' Affairs or the
4    Director's designee.
5        (2) 2 Members from the House of Representatives,
6    appointed one each by the Speaker of the House and the
7    House Minority Leader.
8        (3) 2 Members of the Senate, appointed one each by the
9    President of the Senate and the Senate Minority Leader.
10        (4) One veteran, appointed by the Director of
11    Veterans' Affairs.
12        (5) One medical professional with experience working
13    with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, appointed by
14    the Director of Veterans' Affairs.
15        (6) 4 representatives from a variety of veterans
16    organizations representing geographic diversity in the
17    State, appointed by the Director of Veterans' Affairs.
18        (7) 4 members, one of whom shall be appointed by the
19    chair of the Veterans' Affairs Committee of the House of
20    Representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the
21    minority spokesperson of the Veterans' Affairs Committee
22    of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be
23    appointed by the chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee
24    of the Senate, and one of whom shall be appointed by the
25    minority spokesperson of the Veterans Affairs Committee of
26    the Senate. Those appointed to the Task Force under this



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1    paragraph shall be members of different Illinois counties'
2    Veterans Assistance Commissions, Veteran Service Officers,
3    and VITAS officials.
4    Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
5may be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in performing
6their duties.
7    (c) The Task Force shall meet at least twice a year and at
8any other times it deems necessary once every 2 months
9beginning on or before July 1, 2021, and at other times as
10determined by the Task Force. Task Force members shall select
11from amongst themselves a chairperson or co-chairpersons at
12the initial Task Force meeting.
13    (d) The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall provide
14administrative and other support to the Task Force.
15    (e) The Task Force shall prepare a report that summarizes
16its work and makes recommendations resulting from its study.
17The Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and
18recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by
19December 31, 2025 2022. The Task Force is dissolved, and this
20Section is repealed, on December 31, 2026 2023.
21(Source: P.A. 101-225, eff. 8-9-19; 102-417, eff. 8-20-21.)
22    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
23becoming law.