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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 4090/) Illinois Plain Language Task Force Act.

20 ILCS 4090/1

    (20 ILCS 4090/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Plain Language Task Force Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)

20 ILCS 4090/5

    (20 ILCS 4090/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The mission of the Illinois Plain Language Task Force is to implement, monitor, and maintain the mission of this Act, including developing training requirements and other assistance, and to conduct a study on, and to propose any additional legislative measures designed to realize:
        (1) the potential benefits of incorporating plain
    
language in State government documents, statutes, and contracts into which the State enters; and
        (2) how plain language principles might be
    
incorporated into the statutes governing contracts among private parties so as to provide additional protections to Illinois consumers, to reduce litigation between private parties over the meaning of contractual terms, and to foster judicial economy.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/10

    (20 ILCS 4090/10)
    Sec. 10. Definition. As used in this Act:
    "Plain language" shall have the same meaning as "plain writing" as used in the federal Plain Writing Act of 2010, and subsequent guidance documents, including the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/15

    (20 ILCS 4090/15)
    Sec. 15. Task Force.
    (a) The Illinois Plain Language Task Force is hereby created. The Illinois Plain Language Task Force shall be chaired by the Governor or his or her designee and shall consist of the following members: one member appointed by the Illinois Attorney General; one member appointed by the Senate President; one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; one member appointed by the Speaker of the House; one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House; and 3 members appointed by the Governor.
    (b) Members of the Task Force must be appointed no later than 90 days after the effective date of this Act.
    (c) If a vacancy occurs on the Task Force, it shall be filled according to the guidelines of the initial appointment.
    (d) At the discretion of the chair, additional individuals may participate as non-voting members in the meetings of the Task Force.
    (e) Members of the Illinois Plain Language Task Force shall serve without compensation. The Office of the Governor shall provide staff and administrative services to the Task Force.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/20

    (20 ILCS 4090/20)
    Sec. 20. Duties. Once all members have been appointed, the Task Force shall meet not less than once each quarter following the effective date of this Act to carry out the duties prescribed in this Act. An initial report delineating the Task Force's findings, conclusions, and recommendations shall be submitted to the Illinois General Assembly no later than May 31, 2019, unless such initial report has already been submitted to the General Assembly prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly. The report to the General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the Secretary shall direct. Thereafter, the Task Force shall make periodic recommendations on its own motion or at the urging of the Illinois General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/25

    (20 ILCS 4090/25)
    Sec. 25. Guidance. The Task Force shall be guided in its discussions on the subject of plain language by the federal Plain Writing Act of 2010 and subsequent guidance documents, including, but not limited to, the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/30

    (20 ILCS 4090/30)
    Sec. 30. Plain language State government communications. Recognizing the importance of plain language in communication with the public:
        (1) the General Assembly shall draft legislation and
    
other public-facing documents using plain language when practicable; and
        (2) the executive and judicial branches of State
    
government are advised to make all efforts to draft executive orders, court documents, and other public facing documents using plain language.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/35

    (20 ILCS 4090/35)
    Sec. 35. Construction. No provision of this Act shall be construed to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any administrative or judicial action. There shall be no judicial review of compliance or noncompliance with any provision of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-1108, eff. 8-27-18.)

20 ILCS 4090/99

    (20 ILCS 4090/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 96-350, eff. 8-13-09.)