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Public Act 101-0240


 

Public Act 0240 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 101-0240
 
HB1652 EnrolledLRB101 06950 RJF 51983 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by changing Section 5-715 as follows:
 
    (20 ILCS 5/5-715)
    Sec. 5-715. Expedited licensure for service members and
spouses.
    (a) In this Section, "service member" means any person who,
at the time of application under this Section, is an active
duty member of the United States Armed Forces or any reserve
component of the United States Armed Forces, the Coast Guard,
or the National Guard of any state, commonwealth, or territory
of the United States or the District of Columbia or whose
active duty service concluded within the preceding 2 years
before application.
    (a-5) The Department of Financial and Professional
Regulation shall within 180 days after the effective date of
this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly designate one
staff member as the military liaison within the Department of
Financial and Professional Regulation to ensure proper
enactment of the requirements of this Section. The military
liaison's responsibilities shall also include, but are not
limited to: (1) the management of all expedited applications to
ensure processing within 60 days after receipt of a completed
application; (2) coordination with all military installation
military and family support center directors within this State,
including virtual, phone, or in-person periodic meetings with
each military installation military and family support center;
and (3) training by the military liaison to all directors of
each division that issues an occupational or professional
license to ensure proper application of this Section. Beginning
in 2020, and at the end of each calendar year thereafter, the
military liaison shall provide an annual report documenting the
expedited licensure program for service members and spouses,
and shall deliver that report to the Secretary of Financial and
Professional Regulation and the Lieutenant Governor.
    (b) Each director of a department that issues an
occupational or professional license is authorized to and shall
issue an expedited temporary occupational or professional
license to a service member who meets the requirements under
this Section. The temporary occupational or professional
license shall be valid for 6 months after the date of issuance
or until a license is granted or a notice to deny a license is
issued in accordance with rules adopted by the department
issuing the license, whichever occurs first. No temporary
occupational or professional license shall be renewed. Review
and determination of an application for a license issued by the
department shall be expedited by the department within 60 days
after the date on which the applicant provides the department
with all necessary documentation required for licensure. An
expedited license shall be issued by the department to any
service members meeting the application requirements of this
Section, regardless of whether the service member currently
resides in this State. The service member shall apply to the
department on forms provided by the department. An application
must include proof that:
        (1) the applicant is a service member;
        (2) the applicant holds a valid license in good
    standing for the occupation or profession issued by another
    state, commonwealth, possession, or territory of the
    United States, the District of Columbia, or any foreign
    jurisdiction and the requirements for licensure in the
    other jurisdiction are determined by the department to be
    substantially equivalent to the standards for licensure of
    this State;
        (3) the applicant is assigned to a duty station in this
    State, or has established legal residence in this State, or
    will reside in this State within 6 months after the date of
    application;
        (4) a complete set of the applicant's fingerprints has
    been submitted to the Department of State Police for
    statewide and national criminal history checks, if
    applicable to the requirements of the department issuing
    the license; the applicant shall pay the fee to the
    Department of State Police or to the fingerprint vendor for
    electronic fingerprint processing; no temporary
    occupational or professional license shall be issued to an
    applicant if the statewide or national criminal history
    check discloses information that would cause the denial of
    an application for licensure under any applicable
    occupational or professional licensing Act;
        (5) the applicant is not ineligible for licensure
    pursuant to Section 2105-165 of the Civil Administrative
    Code of Illinois;
        (6) the applicant has submitted an application for full
    licensure; and
        (7) the applicant has paid the required fee; fees shall
    not be refundable.
    (c) Each director of a department that issues an
occupational or professional license is authorized to and shall
issue an expedited temporary occupational or professional
license to the spouse of a service member who meets the
requirements under this Section. The temporary occupational or
professional license shall be valid for 6 months after the date
of issuance or until a license is granted or a notice to deny a
license is issued in accordance with rules adopted by the
department issuing the license, whichever occurs first. No
temporary occupational or professional license shall be
renewed. Review and determination of an application for a
license shall be expedited by the department within 60 days
after the date on which the applicant provides the department
with all necessary documentation required for licensure. An
expedited license shall be issued by the department to any
spouse of a service member meeting the application requirements
of this Section, regardless of whether the spouse or the
service member currently reside in this State. The spouse of a
service member shall apply to the department on forms provided
by the department. An application must include proof that:
        (1) the applicant is the spouse of a service member;
        (2) the applicant holds a valid license in good
    standing for the occupation or profession issued by another
    state, commonwealth, possession, or territory of the
    United States, the District of Columbia, or any foreign
    jurisdiction and the requirements for licensure in the
    other jurisdiction are determined by the department to be
    substantially equivalent to the standards for licensure of
    this State;
        (3) the applicant's spouse is assigned to a duty
    station in this State, or has established legal residence
    in this State, or will reside in this State within 6 months
    after the date of application;
        (4) a complete set of the applicant's fingerprints has
    been submitted to the Department of State Police for
    statewide and national criminal history checks, if
    applicable to the requirements of the department issuing
    the license; the applicant shall pay the fee to the
    Department of State Police or to the fingerprint vendor for
    electronic fingerprint processing; no temporary
    occupational or professional license shall be issued to an
    applicant if the statewide or national criminal history
    check discloses information that would cause the denial of
    an application for licensure under any applicable
    occupational or professional licensing Act;
        (5) the applicant is not ineligible for licensure
    pursuant to Section 2105-165 of the Civil Administrative
    Code of Illinois;
        (6) the applicant has submitted an application for full
    licensure; and
        (7) the applicant has paid the required fee; fees shall
    not be refundable.
    (c-5) If a service member or his or her spouse relocates
from this State, he or she shall be provided an opportunity to
place his or her license in inactive status through
coordination with the military liaison. If the service member
or his or her spouse returns to this State, he or she may
reactivate the license in accordance with the statutory
provisions regulating the profession and any applicable
administrative rules. The license reactivation shall be
expedited and completed within 30 days after receipt of a
completed application to reactivate the license. A license
reactivation is only applicable when the valid license for
which the first issuance of a license was predicated is still
valid and in good standing. An application to reactivate a
license must include proof that the applicant still holds a
valid license in good standing for the occupation or profession
issued in another State, commonwealth, possession, or
territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or
any foreign jurisdiction.
    (d) All relevant experience of a service member or his or
her spouse in the discharge of official duties, including
full-time and part-time experience, shall be credited in the
calculation of any years of practice in an occupation or
profession as may be required under any applicable occupational
or professional licensing Act. All relevant training provided
by the military and completed by a service member shall be
credited to that service member as meeting any training or
education requirement under any applicable occupational or
professional licensing Act, provided that the training or
education is determined by the department to be substantially
equivalent to that required under any applicable Act and is not
otherwise contrary to any other licensure requirement.
    (e) A department may adopt any rules necessary for the
implementation and administration of this Section and shall by
rule provide for fees for the administration of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-710, eff. 1-1-13; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2020