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 Bill Status of HB0359  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  MILITARY SERVICE-TECH

House Sponsors
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit - Daniel Swanson - Lance Yednock - Randy E. Frese - Sue Scherer, Mark L. Walker, Joyce Mason, Michael Halpin, Dave Vella, Martin J. Moylan, Frances Ann Hurley and Elizabeth Hernandez

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Thomas Cullerton and Sue Rezin)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/27/2021SenateReferred to Assignments

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
330 ILCS 25/1from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 201


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Veterans' Employment Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

House Committee Amendment No. 2
Deletes reference to:
330 ILCS 25/1
Adds reference to:
20 ILCS 2805/39 new

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Department of Veterans' Affairs Act. Requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to create a Veterans' Accountability Unit (Unit) which shall receive complaints and recommendations from: (i) veterans and other Illinois residents who seek services from the Department; (ii) residents of Veterans' Homes, their families, and visitors; (iii) vendors and contractors of the Department; and (iv) staff of the Department. Requires the Governor to appoint for a 4-year term, with Senate confirmation, the Director of the Unit. Provides that the Director shall ensure that the Unit maintains regular office hours and establishes both a toll-free helpline and a dedicated electronic mail address for the purpose of accepting complaints, information, and recommendations. Provides that the Unit shall function independently of the Department. Contains provisions concerning salaries and benefits for the Unit's staff and Director; and staff access to any information, documents, and personnel of the Department that is needed to perform the duties of the Unit. Requires the Unit to ensure all complaints, allegations, or incidents of possible misconduct or violations of rules, procedures, or laws by any employee, service provider, or contractor of the Department are reported to the Office of the Governor's Executive Inspector General. Requires the Office of the Governor's Executive Inspector General to determine whether to investigate a complaint or make a referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Requires the Unit to create annual reports that include a summary of the complaints received and actions taken in response. Provides that nothing in the amendatory Act shall limit any investigations by the Department of Veterans' Affairs that may otherwise be required by law.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/28/2021HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  1/29/2021HouseFirst Reading
  1/29/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/2/2021HouseAssigned to Executive Committee
  3/22/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  3/22/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/23/2021HouseRe-assigned to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  3/23/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  3/27/2021HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  3/27/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  4/6/2021HouseAssigned to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  4/6/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  4/6/2021HouseCommittee Deadline Extended-Rule 9(b) April 23, 2021
  4/20/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  4/20/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/21/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 2 Rules Refers to Veterans' Affairs Committee
  4/22/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 2 Adopted in Veterans' Affairs Committee; by Voice Vote
  4/22/2021HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Veterans' Affairs Committee; 006-000-000
  4/22/2021HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/22/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 40
  4/22/2021HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/22/2021HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Swanson
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Lance Yednock
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Randy E. Frese
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Sue Scherer
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Mark L. Walker
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Joyce Mason
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael Halpin
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Dave Vella
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Martin J. Moylan
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Frances Ann Hurley
  4/23/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
  4/23/2021HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/23/2021HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 103-000-000
  4/27/2021SenateArrive in Senate
  4/27/2021SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
  4/27/2021SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Sue Rezin
  4/27/2021SenateFirst Reading
  4/27/2021SenateReferred to Assignments
  5/14/2021SenateAlternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Thomas Cullerton
  5/14/2021SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Sue Rezin
  5/29/2021SenateRule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As May 31, 2021

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