97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced 02/08/11, by Rep. Keith Farnham - Michelle Mussman
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that notwithstanding any
other provision of the Act, no utility during the period of time from
December 1 through
and including March 31 may disconnect service to any
residential premises of which a service member or veteran is a primary
occupant. Defines "veteran".
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning veterans.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Public Utilities Act is amended by changing
Section 8-201.5 as follows:
(220 ILCS 5/8-201.5)
Military personnel on active duty; no
stoppage of gas or electricity; arrearage
; winter termination
for nonpayment by military personnel or veterans
(a) In this Section:
"Active duty" means active duty pursuant to an executive
order of the President of the United States, an act of the
Congress of the United States, or an order of the Governor.
"Veteran" means an Illinois resident who has served as a
member of the armed services or reserve forces of the United
States or a member of the Illinois National Guard and who has
received an honorable discharge.
"Service member" means a member of the armed services or
reserve forces of the United States or a member of the Illinois
(b) No company or electric cooperative shall stop gas or
electricity from entering the residential premises of which a
service member was a primary occupant immediately before the
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service member was deployed on active duty for nonpayment for
gas or electricity supplied to the residential premises.
(c) In order to be eligible for the benefits granted to
service members under this Section, a service member must
provide the company or electric cooperative with a copy of the
military or gubernatorial orders calling the service member to
active duty and of any orders further extending the service
member's period of active duty.
(d) Upon the return from active duty of a residential
consumer who is a service member, the company or electric
cooperative shall offer the residential consumer a period equal
to at least the period of deployment on active duty to pay any
arrearages incurred during the period of the residential
consumer's deployment. The company or electric cooperative
shall inform the residential consumer that, if the period that
the company or electric cooperative offers presents a hardship
to the consumer, the consumer may request a longer period to
pay the arrearages and, in the case of a company that is a
public utility, may request the assistance of the Illinois
Commerce Commission to obtain a longer period. No late payment
fees or interest shall be charged to the residential consumer
during the period of deployment or the repayment period.
(e) A violation of this Section constitutes a civil rights
violation under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
All proceeds from the collection of any civil penalty
imposed under this subsection shall be deposited into the
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Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no
utility during the period of time from December 1 through
including March 31 may disconnect service to any residential
premises of which a service member or veteran is a primary
(Source: P.A. 94-635, eff. 8-22-05; 94-802, eff. 5-26-06;
95-392, eff. 8-23-07.)