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Full Text of HB2776  102nd 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 Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
5amended by changing Section 5-715 as follows:
 
6    (20 ILCS 5/5-715)
7    Sec. 5-715. Expedited licensure for service members and
8spouses.
9    (a) In this Section, "service member" means any person
10who, at the time of application under this Section, is an
11active duty member of the United States Armed Forces or any
12reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, the Coast
13Guard, or the National Guard of any state, commonwealth, or
14territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or
15whose active duty service concluded within the preceding 2
16years before application.
17    (a-5) The Department of Financial and Professional
18Regulation shall within 180 days after January 1, 2020 (the
19effective date of Public Act 101-240) the effective date of
20this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly designate
21one staff member as the military liaison within the Department
22of Financial and Professional Regulation to ensure proper
23enactment of the requirements of this Section. The military

 

 

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1liaison's responsibilities shall also include, but are not
2limited to: (1) the management of all expedited applications
3to ensure processing within 30 60 days after receipt of a
4completed application; (2) coordination with all military
5installation military and family support center directors
6within this State, including virtual, phone, or in-person
7periodic meetings with each military installation military and
8family support center; and (3) training by the military
9liaison to all directors of each division that issues an
10occupational or professional license to ensure proper
11application of this Section. At Beginning in 2020, and at the
12end of each calendar year thereafter, the military liaison
13shall provide an annual report documenting the expedited
14licensure program for service members and spouses, and shall
15deliver that report to the Secretary of Financial and
16Professional Regulation and the Lieutenant Governor.
17    (b) Each director of a department that issues an
18occupational or professional license is authorized to and
19shall issue an expedited license to a service member who meets
20the requirements under this Section. Review and determination
21of an application for a license issued by the department shall
22be expedited by the department within 30 60 days after the date
23on which the applicant provides the department receives with
24all necessary documentation required for licensure, including
25any required information from State and federal agencies. An
26expedited license shall be issued by the department to any

 

 

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1service members meeting the application requirements of this
2Section, regardless of whether the service member currently
3resides in this State. The service member shall apply to the
4department on forms provided by the department. An application
5must include proof that:
6        (1) the applicant is a service member;
7        (2) the applicant holds a valid license in good
8    standing for the occupation or profession issued by
9    another state, commonwealth, possession, or territory of
10    the United States, the District of Columbia, or any
11    foreign jurisdiction and the requirements for licensure in
12    the other jurisdiction are determined by the department to
13    be substantially equivalent to the standards for licensure
14    of this State;
15        (2.5) the applicant meets the requirements and
16    standards for licensure through endorsement or reciprocity
17    for the occupation or profession for which the applicant
18    is applying;
19        (3) the applicant is assigned to a duty station in
20    this State, has established legal residence in this State,
21    or will reside in this State within 6 months after the date
22    of application for licensure;
23        (4) a complete set of the applicant's fingerprints has
24    been submitted to the Department of State Police for
25    statewide and national criminal history checks, if
26    applicable to the requirements of the department issuing

 

 

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1    the license; the applicant shall pay the fee to the
2    Department of State Police or to the fingerprint vendor
3    for electronic fingerprint processing; no temporary
4    occupational or professional license shall be issued to an
5    applicant if the statewide or national criminal history
6    check discloses information that would cause the denial of
7    an application for licensure under any applicable
8    occupational or professional licensing Act;
9        (5) the applicant is not ineligible for licensure
10    pursuant to Section 2105-165 of the Civil Administrative
11    Code of Illinois;
12        (6) the applicant has submitted an application for
13    full licensure; and
14        (7) the applicant has paid the required fee; fees
15    shall not be refundable.
16    (c) Each director of a department that issues an
17occupational or professional license is authorized to and
18shall issue an expedited license to the spouse of a service
19member who meets the requirements under this Section. Review
20and determination of an application for a license shall be
21expedited by the department within 30 60 days after the date on
22which the applicant provides the department receives with all
23necessary documentation required for licensure, including
24information from State and federal agencies. An expedited
25license shall be issued by the department to any spouse of a
26service member meeting the application requirements of this

 

 

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1Section, regardless of whether the spouse or the service
2member currently reside in this State. The spouse of a service
3member shall apply to the department on forms provided by the
4department. An application must include proof that:
5        (1) the applicant is the spouse of a service member;
6        (2) the applicant holds a valid license in good
7    standing for the occupation or profession issued by
8    another state, commonwealth, possession, or territory of
9    the United States, the District of Columbia, or any
10    foreign jurisdiction and the requirements for licensure in
11    the other jurisdiction are determined by the department to
12    be substantially equivalent to the standards for licensure
13    of this State;
14        (2.5) the applicant meets the requirements and
15    standards for licensure through endorsement or reciprocity
16    for the occupation or profession for which the applicant
17    is applying;
18        (3) the applicant's spouse is assigned to a duty
19    station in this State, has established legal residence in
20    this State, or will reside in this State within 6 months
21    after the date of application for licensure;
22        (4) a complete set of the applicant's fingerprints has
23    been submitted to the Department of State Police for
24    statewide and national criminal history checks, if
25    applicable to the requirements of the department issuing
26    the license; the applicant shall pay the fee to the

 

 

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1    Department of State Police or to the fingerprint vendor
2    for electronic fingerprint processing; no temporary
3    occupational or professional license shall be issued to an
4    applicant if the statewide or national criminal history
5    check discloses information that would cause the denial of
6    an application for licensure under any applicable
7    occupational or professional licensing Act;
8        (5) the applicant is not ineligible for licensure
9    pursuant to Section 2105-165 of the Civil Administrative
10    Code of Illinois;
11        (6) the applicant has submitted an application for
12    full licensure; and
13        (7) the applicant has paid the required fee; fees
14    shall not be refundable.
15    (c-5) If a service member or his or her spouse relocates
16from this State, he or she shall be provided an opportunity to
17place his or her license in inactive status through
18coordination with the military liaison. If the service member
19or his or her spouse returns to this State, he or she may
20reactivate the license in accordance with the statutory
21provisions regulating the profession and any applicable
22administrative rules. The license reactivation shall be
23expedited and completed within 30 days after receipt of a
24completed application to reactivate the license. A license
25reactivation is only applicable when the valid license for
26which the first issuance of a license was predicated is still

 

 

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1valid and in good standing. An application to reactivate a
2license must include proof that the applicant still holds a
3valid license in good standing for the occupation or
4profession issued in another State, commonwealth, possession,
5or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia,
6or any foreign jurisdiction.
7    (d) All relevant experience of a service member or his or
8her spouse in the discharge of official duties, including
9full-time and part-time experience, shall be credited in the
10calculation of any years of practice in an occupation or
11profession as may be required under any applicable
12occupational or professional licensing Act. All relevant
13training provided by the military and completed by a service
14member shall be credited to that service member as meeting any
15training or education requirement under any applicable
16occupational or professional licensing Act, provided that the
17training or education is determined by the department to meet
18the requirements be substantially equivalent to that required
19under any applicable Act and is not otherwise contrary to any
20other licensure requirement.
21    (e) A department may adopt any rules necessary for the
22implementation and administration of this Section and shall by
23rule provide for fees for the administration of this Section.
24(Source: P.A. 101-240, eff. 1-1-20.)