Full Text of SB0921 102nd General Assembly
SB0921eng 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act is
amended by adding Section 23 as follows:
(20 ILCS 3305/23 new)
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
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emergency management plans, including updates and
implementation of disaster strategies and emergency
(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 the Illinois
Emergency Operations Plan.
(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
(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
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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
(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
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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 the Illinois Emergency
(2) Any proposed changes in State policies, laws,
rules, or regulations necessary to fulfill the purposes of
(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 emergency
plans or updating existing emergency plans for the State.
(l) The Advisory Committee is dissolved and this Section
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is repealed on January 1, 2032.
This Act takes effect upon