102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 10/19/2021, by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy, Sonya M. Harper, Robyn Gabel, Rita Mayfield, Margaret Croke, et al.
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Lake Michigan Rescue Equipment Act. Provides that the
owner of a pier or drop-off on Lake Michigan shall install public rescue
equipment, including, at a minimum, ring life buoys, on each of the owner's
piers and drop-offs along the Lake Michigan coast. Provides that public
rescue equipment shall also be installed in all high-incident drowning
areas on an owner's property. Includes requirements for ring life buoys.
Provides that each unit of local government owning a pier or drop-off on
Lake Michigan shall track and report to the Department of Public Health, in
a form prescribed by the Department, Lake Michigan lakefront drownings,
both fatal and non-fatal drownings, near the unit's piers and drop-offs.
Includes tracking and reporting requirements. Provides that the Department
shall analyze the tracking and reporting and appropriately provide a plan
and recommendations for reduction in drowning incidents. Defines terms.
Effective 180 days after becoming law.
|FISCAL NOTE ACT MAY APPLY
|STATE MANDATES ACT MAY REQUIRE REIMBURSEMENT
A BILL FOR
|LRB102 20009 AWJ 28935 b
AN ACT concerning water safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Michigan Rescue Equipment Act.
As used in this Act:
"Drop-off" means the areas of a lake's shoreline where a
paved path or rocks allows direct public access to the water.
"High-incident drowning area" means an area where more
than one drowning incident has occurred in the span of 5 years.
"Public rescue equipment" includes a range of water rescue
devices available for public use in case of emergency, such as
life rings, throw bags, rescue tubes, and rescue poles.
"Pier" means a platform supported on pillars or girders
leading out from the shore into a lake.
Public rescue equipment on piers and
(a) The owner of a pier or drop-off on Lake Michigan shall
install public rescue equipment, including, at a minimum, ring
life buoys, on each of the owner's piers and drop-offs along
the Lake Michigan coast. The ring life buoy must not be
permanently secured in any way to the station, rack, or pier.