|Public Act 098-1097|
|SB1941 Enrolled||LRB098 08538 JLS 38650 b|
AN ACT concerning business.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act.
(1) "Electronic" means relating to technology having
electrical, digital, magnetic,
electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.
(2) "Legal material" means, whether or not in effect:
(A) the Illinois Constitution;
(B) the Laws of Illinois;
(C) the Illinois Compiled Statutes;
(D) the Illinois Administrative Code;
(E) the following categories of State administrative
agency decisions: final administrative decisions;
(F) reported decisions of the following State courts:
Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court, and
Illinois Court of Claims; or
(G) Illinois Supreme Court rules.
(3) "Official publisher" means:
(A) for the Illinois Constitution, the Secretary of
(B) for the Laws of Illinois, the Secretary of State;
(C) for Illinois Compiled Statutes, the Secretary of
(D) for a rule published in the Illinois Administrative
Code, the Secretary of State;
(E) for a rule not published in the Illinois
Administrative Code, the State agency adopting the rule;
(F) for a State agency decision included under
paragraph (2)(E), the State agency issuing the decision;
(G) for a State court decision included under paragraph
(2)(F), the Illinois Supreme Court, Reporter of Decisions;
(H) for State court rules, the Illinois Supreme Court;
(I) for Decisions of the Court of Claims, the Secretary
(4) "Publish" means to display, present, or release to the
public, or cause to be displayed, presented, or released to the
public, by the official publisher.
(5) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a
tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other
medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
(6) "State" means a state of the United States, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin
Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the
jurisdiction of the United States.
This Act applies to all legal
material in an electronic record that is designated as official
under Section 4 of this Act and first published electronically
on or after the effective date of this Act.
Legal material in official electronic record.
(a) If an official publisher publishes legal material only
in an electronic record, the publisher shall:
(1) designate the electronic record as official; and
(2) comply with Sections 5, 7, and 8 of this Act.
(b) An official publisher that publishes legal material in
an electronic record and also publishes the material in a
record other than an electronic record may designate the
electronic record as official if the publisher complies with
Sections 5, 7, and 8 of this Act.
Authentication of official electronic record.
An official publisher of legal material in an electronic record
that is designated as official under Section 4 of this Act
shall authenticate the record. To authenticate an electronic
record, the publisher shall provide a method for a user to
determine that the record received by the user from the
publisher is unaltered from the official record published by
Effect of authentication.
(a) Legal material in an electronic record that is
authenticated under Section 5 of this Act is presumed to be an
accurate copy of the legal material.
(b) If another state has adopted a law substantially
similar to this Act, legal material in an electronic record
that is designated as official and authenticated by the
official publisher in that state is presumed to be an accurate
copy of the legal material.
(c) A party contesting the authentication of legal material
in an electronic record authenticated under Section 5 of this
Act has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the
evidence that the record is not authentic.
Preservation and security of legal material in
official electronic record.
(a) An official publisher of legal material in an
electronic record that is or was designated as official under
Section 4 of this Act shall provide for the preservation and
security of the record in an electronic form or a form that is
(b) If legal material is preserved under subsection (a) in
an electronic record, the official publisher shall:
(1) ensure the integrity of the record;
(2) provide for backup and disaster recovery of the
(3) ensure the continuing usability of the material.
Public access to legal material in official
An official publisher of legal material in
an electronic record that is required to be preserved under
Section 7 of this Act shall ensure that the material is
reasonably available for use by the public on a permanent
In implementing this Act, an official
publisher of legal material in an electronic record shall
(1) standards and practices of other jurisdictions;
(2) the most recent standards regarding authentication of,
preservation and security of, and public access to, legal
material in an electronic record and other electronic records,
as promulgated by national standard-setting bodies;
(3) the needs of users of legal material in an electronic
(4) the views of governmental officials and entities and
other interested persons; and
(5) to the extent practicable, methods and technologies for
the authentication of, preservation and security of, and public
access to, legal material which are compatible with the methods
and technologies used by other official publishers in this
state and in other states that have adopted a law substantially
similar to this Act.
Uniformity of application and construction.
applying and construing this uniform Act, consideration must be
given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect
to its subject matter among states that enact it.
Relation To Electronic Signatures In Global And
National Commerce Act.
This Act modifies, limits, and
supersedes the Electronic Signatures in Global and National
Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 7001 et seq., but does not
modify, limit, or supersede Section 101(c) of that Act, 15
U.S.C. Section 7001(c), or authorize electronic delivery of any
of the notices described in Section 103(b) of that Act, 15
U.S.C. Section 7003(b).