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Full Text of SB2172  96th General Assembly


Rep. Susana A. Mendoza

Filed: 5/14/2009





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2172 by replacing
3 line 6 on page 1 with the following:
4 "amended by changing Sections 605-25, 605-550, 605-675, and
5 605-810 as follows:"; and
6 on page 3, immediately below line 8, by inserting the
7 following:
8     (20 ILCS 605/605-550)  (was 20 ILCS 605/46.71)
9     Sec. 605-550. Model domestic violence and sexual assault
10 employee awareness and assistance policy.
11     (a) The Department shall convene a task force including
12 members of the business community, employees, employee
13 organizations, representatives from the Department of Labor,
14 and directors of domestic violence and sexual assault programs,
15 including representatives of statewide advocacy organizations



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1 for the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, to
2 develop a model domestic violence and sexual assault employee
3 awareness and assistance policy for businesses.
4     The Department shall give due consideration to the
5 recommendations of the Governor, the President of the Senate,
6 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives for
7 participation by any person on the task force, and shall make
8 reasonable efforts to assure regional balance in membership.
9     (b) The purpose of the model employee awareness and
10 assistance policy shall be to provide businesses with the best
11 practices, policies, protocols, and procedures in order that
12 they ascertain domestic violence and sexual assault awareness
13 in the workplace, assist affected employees, and provide a safe
14 and helpful working environment for employees currently or
15 potentially experiencing the effects of domestic violence or
16 sexual assault. The model plan shall include but not be limited
17 to:
18         (1) the establishment of a definite corporate policy
19     statement recognizing domestic violence and sexual assault
20     as workplace issues as well as promoting the need to
21     maintain job security for those employees currently
22     involved in domestic violence or sexual assault disputes;
23         (2) policy and service publication requirements,
24     including posting these policies and service availability
25     pamphlets in break rooms, on bulletin boards, and in
26     restrooms, and transmitting them through other



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1     communication methods;
2         (3) a listing of current domestic violence and sexual
3     assault community resources such as shelters, crisis
4     intervention programs, counseling and case management
5     programs, and legal assistance and advocacy opportunities
6     for affected employees;
7         (4) measures to ensure workplace safety including,
8     where appropriate, designated parking areas, escort
9     services, and other affirmative safeguards;
10         (5) training programs and protocols designed to
11     educate employees and managers in how to recognize,
12     approach, and assist employees experiencing domestic
13     violence or sexual assault, including both victims and
14     batterers; and
15         (6) other issues as shall be appropriate and relevant
16     for the task force in developing the model policy.
17     (c) The model policy shall be reviewed by the task force to
18 assure consistency with existing law and shall be made the
19 subject of public hearings convened by the Department
20 throughout the State at places and at times which are
21 convenient for attendance by the public, after which the policy
22 shall be reviewed by the task force and amended as necessary to
23 reflect concerns raised at the hearings. If approved by the
24 task force, the model policy shall be provided as approved with
25 explanation of its provisions to the Governor and the General
26 Assembly not later than one year after the effective date of



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1 this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly. The
2 Department shall make every effort to notify businesses of the
3 availability of the model domestic violence and sexual assault
4 employee awareness and assistance policy.
5     (d) The Department, in consultation with the task force,
6 providers of services, the advisory council, the Department of
7 Labor, and representatives of statewide advocacy organizations
8 for the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault,
9 shall provide technical support, information, and
10 encouragement to businesses to implement the provisions of the
11 model.
12     (e) Nothing contained in this Section shall be deemed to
13 prevent businesses from adopting their own domestic violence
14 and sexual assault employee awareness and assistance policy.
15     (f) The Department may shall survey businesses within 4
16 years of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st
17 General Assembly to determine the level of model policy
18 adoption amongst businesses and shall take steps necessary to
19 promote the further adoption of such policy.
20 (Source: P.A. 91-592, eff. 8-14-99; 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)
21     (20 ILCS 605/605-675)  (was 20 ILCS 605/46.66)
22     Sec. 605-675. Exporter award program. The Department may
23 shall establish and operate, in cooperation with the Department
24 of Agriculture and the Illinois Finance Authority, an annual
25 awards program to recognize Illinois-based exporters. In



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1 developing criteria for the awards, the Department shall give
2 consideration to the exporting efforts of small and medium
3 sized businesses, first-time exporters, and other appropriate
4 categories.
5 (Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04.)
6     (20 ILCS 605/605-810)  (was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part)
7     Sec. 605-810. Reemployment of former employees. When the
8 Department is involved in developing a federal or State funded
9 training or retraining program for any employer, the Department
10 may will assist and encourage that employer in making every
11 effort to reemploy individuals previously employed at the
12 facility. Further, the Department may will provide a list of
13 those employees to the employer for consideration for
14 reemployment and will report the results of this effort to the
15 Illinois Job Training Coordinating Council. This requirement
16 shall be in effect when all of the following conditions are
17 met:
18         (1) The employer is reopening, or is proposing to
19     reopen, a facility that was last closed during the
20     preceding 2 years.
21         (2) A substantial number of the persons who were
22     employed at the facility before its most recent closure
23     remain unemployed.
24         (3) The product or service produced by, or proposed to
25     be produced by, the employer at the facility is



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1     substantially similar to the product or service produced at
2     the facility before its most recent closure.
3 (Source: P.A. 90-454, eff. 8-16-97; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)
4     Section 10. The Energy Conservation and Coal Development
5 Act is amended by changing Section 8 as follows:
6     (20 ILCS 1105/8)  (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7408)
7     Sec. 8. Illinois Coal Development Board.
8     (a) There may shall be established as an advisory board to
9 the Department, the Illinois Coal Development Board,
10 hereinafter in this Section called the Board. The Board shall
11 be composed of the following voting members: the Director of
12 the Department, who shall be Chairman thereof; the Deputy
13 Director of the Bureau of Business Development within the
14 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; the President
15 of the University of Illinois or his or her designee; the
16 Director of Natural Resources or that Director's designee; the
17 Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals within the
18 Department of Natural Resources; 4 members of the General
19 Assembly (one each appointed by the President of the Senate,
20 the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the
21 House Minority Leader); and 8 persons appointed by the
22 Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, including
23 representatives of Illinois industries that are involved in the
24 extraction, utilization or transportation of Illinois coal,



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1 persons representing financial or banking interests in the
2 State, and persons experienced in international business and
3 economic development. These members shall be chosen from
4 persons of recognized ability and experience in their
5 designated field. The members appointed by the Governor shall
6 serve for terms of 4 years, unless otherwise provided in this
7 subsection. The initial terms of the original appointees shall
8 expire on July 1, 1985, except that the Governor shall
9 designate 3 of the original appointees to serve initial terms
10 that shall expire on July 1, 1983. The initial term of the
11 member appointed by the Governor to fill the office created
12 after July 1, 1985 shall expire on July 1, 1989. The initial
13 terms of the members appointed by the Governor to fill the
14 offices created by this amendatory Act of 1993 shall expire on
15 July 1, 1995, and July 1, 1997, as determined by the Governor.
16 A member appointed by a Legislative Leader shall serve for the
17 duration of the General Assembly for which he or she is
18 appointed, so long as the member remains a member of that
19 General Assembly.
20     The Board may shall meet at least annually or at the call
21 of the Chairman. At any time the majority of the Board may
22 petition the Chairman for a meeting of the Board. Nine members
23 of the Board shall constitute a quorum. Members of the Board
24 shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred
25 while performing their duties as members of the Board from
26 funds appropriated to the Department for such purpose.



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1     (b) The Board shall provide advice and make recommendations
2 on the following Department powers and duties:
3         (1) To develop an annual agenda which may include but
4     is not limited to research and methodologies conducted for
5     the purpose of increasing the utilization of Illinois' coal
6     and other fossil fuel resources, with emphasis on high
7     sulfur coal, in the following areas: coal extraction,
8     preparation and characterization; coal technologies
9     (combustion, gasification, liquefaction, and related
10     processes); marketing; public awareness and education, as
11     those terms are used in the Illinois Coal Technology
12     Development Assistance Act; transportation; procurement of
13     sites and issuance of permits; and environmental impacts.
14         (2) To support and coordinate Illinois coal research,
15     and to approve projects consistent with the annual agenda
16     and budget for coal research and the purposes of this Act
17     and to approve the annual budget and operating plan for
18     administration of the Board.
19         (3) To promote the coordination of available research
20     information on the production, preparation, distribution
21     and uses of Illinois coal. The Board shall advise the
22     existing research institutions within the State on areas
23     where research may be necessary.
24         (4) To cooperate to the fullest extent possible with
25     State and federal agencies and departments, independent
26     organizations, and other interested groups, public and



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1     private, for the purposes of promoting Illinois coal
2     resources.
3         (5) To submit an annual report to the Governor and the
4     General Assembly outlining the progress and
5     accomplishments made in the year, providing an accounting
6     of funds received and disbursed, reviewing the status of
7     research contracts, and furnishing other relevant
8     information.
9         (6) To focus on existing coal research efforts in
10     carrying out its mission; to make use of existing research
11     facilities in Illinois or other institutions carrying out
12     research on Illinois coal; as far as practicable, to make
13     maximum use of the research facilities available at the
14     Illinois State Geological Survey of the University of
15     Illinois, the Coal Extraction and Utilization Research
16     Center, the Illinois Coal Development Park and
17     universities and colleges located within the State of
18     Illinois; and to create a consortium or center which
19     conducts, coordinates and supports coal research
20     activities in the State of Illinois. Programmatic
21     activities of such a consortium or center shall be subject
22     to approval by the Department and shall be consistent with
23     the purposes of this Act. The Department may authorize
24     expenditure of funds in support of the administrative and
25     programmatic operations of such a center or consortium
26     consistent with its statutory authority. Administrative



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1     actions undertaken by or for such a center or consortium
2     shall be subject to the approval of the Department.
3         (7) To make a reasonable attempt, before initiating any
4     research under this Act, to avoid duplication of effort and
5     expense by coordinating the research efforts among various
6     agencies, departments, universities or organizations, as
7     the case may be.
8         (8) To adopt, amend and repeal rules, regulations and
9     bylaws governing the Board's organization and conduct of
10     business.
11         (9) To authorize the expenditure of monies from the
12     Coal Technology Development Assistance Fund, the Public
13     Utility Fund and other funds in the State Treasury
14     appropriated to the Department, consistent with the
15     purposes of this Act.
16         (10) To seek, accept, and expend gifts or grants in any
17     form, from any public agency or from any other source. Such
18     gifts and grants may be held in trust by the Department and
19     expended at the direction of the Department and in the
20     exercise of the Department's powers and performance of the
21     Department's duties.
22         (11) To publish, from time to time, the results of
23     Illinois coal research projects funded through the
24     Department.
25         (12) To authorize loans from appropriations from the
26     Build Illinois Bond Purposes Fund, the Build Illinois Bond



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1     Fund and the Illinois Industrial Coal Utilization Fund.
2         (13) To authorize expenditures of monies for coal
3     development projects under the authority of Section 13 of
4     the General Obligation Bond Act.
5     (c) The Board shall also provide advice and make
6 recommendations on the following Department powers and duties:
7         (1) To create and maintain thorough, current and
8     accurate records on all markets for and actual uses of coal
9     mined in Illinois, and to make such records available to
10     the public upon request.
11         (2) To identify all current and anticipated future
12     technical, economic, institutional, market, environmental,
13     regulatory and other impediments to the utilization of
14     Illinois coal.
15         (3) To monitor and evaluate all proposals and plans of
16     public utilities related to compliance with the
17     requirements of Title IV of the federal Clean Air Act
18     Amendments of 1990, or with any other law which might
19     affect the use of Illinois coal, for the purposes of (i)
20     determining the effects of such proposals or plans on the
21     use of Illinois coal, and (ii) identifying alternative
22     plans or actions which would maintain or increase the use
23     of Illinois coal.
24         (4) To develop strategies and to propose policies to
25     promote environmentally responsible uses of Illinois coal
26     for meeting electric power supply requirements and for



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1     other purposes.
2         (5) (Blank).
3 (Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06; 95-728, eff. date - See
4 Sec. 999.)".