MYERS,J-NOLAND-WEAVER,S-PHILIP-BURZYNSKI AND O'DANIEL.
INDIAN LAND CLAIMS
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Attorney General Act. Provides that at the request of
the Governor, the Attorney General may designate counsel and pay or
reimburse reasonable and appropriate fees and expenses of counsel to
provide for the defense of certain actions that (1) relate to the
recovery of lands, the title to which originally derives from a
federal land patent that is alleged to be invalid, and (2) could
result in the loss of State sovereignty or jurisdiction or liability
for the payment of certain rents or damages. Amends the State
Employee Indemnification Act to authorize the expenditure of
appropriations for this purpose. Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Deletes the amendatory changes to the Attorney General Act.
Provides that the Attorney General may authorize, from funds available
for that purpose, the payment or reimbursement of reasonable and
appropriate legal fees incurred by any person, unit of local
government, or school district in defending any litigation, action, or
proceeding brought to recover lands within the State from such person,
unit of local government, or school district, if the litigation,
action, or proceeding is based upon an allegation that the title or a
beneficial interest in the title is derived from an invalid federal
land patent and the Attorney General finds that a loss of State
sovereignty or jurisdiction over those lands or liability for rents or
damages may result if the land patent is held to be invalid.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Deletes reference to:
5 ILCS 350/2
Further amends the Attorney General Act. Provides that the hourly
rate for legal fees paid or reimbursed shall not exceed the maximum
hourly rate customarily paid to Special Assistant Attorneys General.
Provides that the total amount of legal fees paid or reimbursed shall
not exceed $100,000. Provides that payments or reimbursements may be
made from moneys appropriated to the Attorney General for fiscal year
2001 for contractual services. Requires the Attorney General to
submit, no later than April 15, 2001, to the General Assembly a report
indicating which fees the Attorney General has paid or intends to
reimburse. Repeals the authorization to pay legal fees on July 1,
2001. Deletes the amendatory changes to the State Employee
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0940
Last action date: 01-02-01
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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