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 Bill Status of HB2647  100th General Assembly


Short Description:  VETERANS' SUICIDE TASK FORCE

House Sponsors
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit - Michael Halpin - Jerry Costello, II - Al Riley - Patricia R. Bellock, Silvana Tabares, Emanuel Chris Welch, Daniel J. Burke, Jay Hoffman, Michelle Mussman, Thaddeus Jones, Laura Fine, Anthony DeLuca, Martin J. Moylan, Katie Stuart, John C. D'Amico, Natalie A. Manley, Kelly M. Burke, Brandon W. Phelps, Linda Chapa LaVia, Robert Rita, Carol Sente, Sue Scherer, Sam Yingling, Lou Lang, Litesa E. Wallace, Sonya M. Harper, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Deb Conroy, Kathleen Willis, LaToya Greenwood, Elizabeth Hernandez, Daniel V. Beiser, Frances Ann Hurley, Camille Y. Lilly, Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Justin Slaughter, Anna Moeller, La Shawn K. Ford, Michael D. Unes, Michael P. McAuliffe, Emily McAsey, Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Carol Ammons, Sara Feigenholtz, William Davis, Robert Martwick, Ann M. Williams, Mary E. Flowers, Lawrence Walsh, Jr., Barbara Flynn Currie, Robyn Gabel, Gregory Harris, Robert W. Pritchard, Fred Crespo, Christian L. Mitchell, Cynthia Soto, John M. Cabello, André Thapedi, Rita Mayfield, Elgie R. Sims, Jr., Luis Arroyo and Mark Batinick

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Thomas Cullerton - Michael E. Hastings - Paul Schimpf - Cristina Castro, Antonio Muñoz, Neil Anderson, Chris Nybo, Steven M. Landek, Dale A. Righter, Omar Aquino, Julie A. Morrison, John G. Mulroe, Scott M. Bennett, Laura M. Murphy, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Bill Cunningham, Melinda Bush, Linda Holmes, Emil Jones, III, Terry Link, Steve Stadelman and James F. Clayborne, Jr.)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  7/21/2017HouseSent to the Governor

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
20 ILCS 2805/2h new


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Act. Contains provisions concerning the establishment of various programs and services for the benefit of veterans including a proactive outreach program for veterans that served in high casualty units, in units that experienced high conflict areas, and in units where at least one service member committed suicide following his or her service; a public awareness campaign concerning the trauma and internal injuries suffered by veterans; specified training concerning mental health services for employees of veterans service organizations, Veterans Assistance Commissions, and veterans' service associations; educational success programs for veterans experiencing specified difficulties in higher education; a family preparation course for the families of returning veterans; a licensing program for therapy dogs for veterans; a transition program for returning veterans that reside in the State; a system that allows veterans to file a specified federal form immediately upon discharge; creation of an employer training program; and a standard statewide peer-to-peer training program to familiarize veterans with the veterans' services available at the local, State, and federal levels. Requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to adopt any rules necessary to implement these provisions.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Corrects the publication date for the final report of the Task Force on Veterans' Suicide.

House Floor Amendment No. 2
Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs shall hire (rather than shall find) combat veterans to serve as veteran service officers at veteran service organizations.

House Floor Amendment No. 3
Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs shall seek available federal funding, grants, or private funding to help fund provisions concerning the establishment of various programs and services for the benefit of veterans; or the Department shall collaborate with other departments, existing veterans' organizations, nonprofit organizations, or private organizations to implement the provisions.

 Fiscal Note, House Floor Amendment No. 3 (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
 HB 2647 (H-AM 3) would have a fiscal impact to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Anticipated annual costs would be $650,000 including 8 staff, who would be program managers, provide outreach, clerical support, and other expenses necessary to provide these programs. The HB 2647 costs are not part of the FY18 introduced budget. The Department's introduced budget is unable to absorb these costs without additional appropriations.

 Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
 HB 2647 (H-AM 1) would have a fiscal impact to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Anticipated annual costs would be $650,000 including 8 staff, who would be program managers, provide outreach, clerical support, and other expenses necessary to provide these programs. The HB 2647 costs are not part of the FY18 introduced budget. The Department's introduced bud get is unable to absorb these costs without additional appropriations.

 Fiscal Note, House Floor Amendment No. 2 (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
 HB 2647 (H-AM 2) would have a fiscal impact to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Anticipated annual costs would be $650,000 including 8 staff, who would be program managers, provide outreach, clerical support, and other expenses necessary to provide these programs. The HB 2647 costs are not part of the FY18 introduced budget. The Department's introduced bud get is unable to absorb these costs without additional appropriations.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with the following changes: Provides that the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs shall reach out and coordinate with (rather than reach out to) the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs (rather than Defense) in order to identify veterans returning from service in combat units (rather than heavy casualty and other specified units). Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs shall establish a proactive outreach program for veterans that served in combat units (rather than heavy casualty and other specified units). Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs shall have priority for hiring (rather than hire) combat veterans to serve at veteran service organizations. Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs, in coordination with institutions of higher education, shall provide proactive outreach as part of an educational success program for veterans experiencing difficulties in higher education (rather than higher education due to undiagnosed mental health issues that prevent them from succeeding). Provides that the Department of Veterans Affairs' shall coordinate with existing veterans' associations and military organizations to provide (rather than shall provide) a specified family preparation course. Provides that the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs shall reach out to the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs (rather than Defense) for purposes of developing a transition program for returning veterans. Removes language providing that the transition program shall include a veteran-to-veteran connection program. Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs shall collaborate with non-profits, businesses, and employers in the State that focus on the needs of employees who are veterans seeking employment and that support employees who are veterans. Provides that the Department of Veterans' Affairs, in collaboration with veterans' organizations in the State, shall coordinate with the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs to promote their peer specialist program and collaborate with outside programs to establish a peer-to-peer program (rather than the Department of Veterans' Affairs, in collaboration with veterans' organizations in the State, establishing a standard statewide peer-to-peer training program). Removes provisions creating a licensing program for therapy dogs for veterans, a system that allows veterans to file a specified federal form immediately upon discharge, and creation of an employer training program. Makes other changes.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/8/2017HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  2/8/2017HouseFirst Reading
  2/8/2017HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/22/2017HouseAssigned to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  2/22/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  2/22/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  2/22/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Silvana Tabares
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel J. Burke
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Jay Hoffman
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Michelle Mussman
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Thaddeus Jones
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Laura Fine
  2/23/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Anthony DeLuca
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Martin J. Moylan
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Katie Stuart
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. John C. D'Amico
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Burke
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Brandon W. Phelps
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael Halpin
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert Rita
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Sente
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Sue Scherer
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Sam Yingling
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Lou Lang
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Litesa E. Wallace
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Sonya M. Harper
  2/23/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
  2/24/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Deb Conroy
  2/24/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kathleen Willis
  2/24/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood
  2/24/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
  2/24/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel V. Beiser
  2/27/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Frances Ann Hurley
  3/1/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
  3/3/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin
  3/9/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Veterans' Affairs Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/9/2017HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Veterans' Affairs Committee; 011-000-000
  3/9/2017HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Justin Slaughter
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Anna Moeller
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael D. Unes
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Emily McAsey
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. William Davis
  3/9/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert Martwick
  3/10/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Ann M. Williams
  3/14/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  3/14/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Al Riley
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Robyn Gabel
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Gregory Harris
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert W. Pritchard
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Fred Crespo
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Christian L. Mitchell
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Cynthia Soto
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. John M. Cabello
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. André Thapedi
  3/14/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield
  3/15/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
  3/15/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  3/15/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  3/15/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/16/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Luis Arroyo
  3/16/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Requested as Amended by Rep. Tom Demmer
  3/16/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Fiscal Note Requested as Amended by Rep. Tom Demmer
  3/21/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  3/23/2017HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  3/23/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  3/23/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Adopted
  3/23/2017HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  3/27/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 3 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
  3/30/2017HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
  3/30/2017HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
  4/4/2017HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/5/2017HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 110-005-001
  4/5/2017HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Patricia R. Bellock
  4/6/2017SenateArrive in Senate
  4/6/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
  4/6/2017SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Thomas Cullerton
  4/6/2017SenateFirst Reading
  4/6/2017SenateReferred to Assignments
  4/10/2017HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Mark Batinick
  4/14/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Michael E. Hastings
  4/25/2017SenateAssigned to Veterans Affairs
  5/2/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Antonio Muñoz
  5/3/2017SenateDo Pass Veterans Affairs; 005-000-000
  5/3/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 4, 2017
  5/3/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Paul Schimpf
  5/9/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Neil Anderson
  5/10/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Chris Nybo
  5/11/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Steven M. Landek
  5/12/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Cristina Castro
  5/24/2017SenateSecond Reading
  5/24/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 25, 2017
  5/25/2017SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Thomas Cullerton
  5/25/2017SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  5/26/2017SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to State Government
  5/26/2017SenateRule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 31, 2017
  5/29/2017SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommend Do Adopt State Government; 007-000-000
  5/29/2017SenateRecalled to Second Reading
  5/29/2017SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted; T. Cullerton
  5/29/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
  5/29/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Dale A. Righter
  5/29/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino
  5/29/2017SenateThird Reading - Passed; 055-000-000
  5/29/2017HouseArrived in House
  5/29/2017HousePlaced on Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendment(s) 1
  5/30/2017HouseSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion Filed Concur Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/30/2017HouseSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Referred to Rules Committee
  5/30/2017HouseSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 005-000-000
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Julie A. Morrison
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. John G. Mulroe
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Scott M. Bennett
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Bill Cunningham
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Melinda Bush
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Linda Holmes
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Terry Link
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Steve Stadelman
  5/30/2017SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr.
  6/24/2017HouseSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 House Concurs 099-000-000
  6/24/2017HouseHouse Concurs
  6/24/2017HousePassed Both Houses
  7/21/2017HouseSent to the Governor

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