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Full Text of HB3686  99th General Assembly


Rep. Litesa E. Wallace

Filed: 3/23/2015





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3686 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Veterans' and Military Discount Card Program Act.
6    Section 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly
7finds that though there is no way to adequately repay our
8nation's military personnel for their service and sacrifice, we
9can demonstrate our gratitude by forging a collaborative effort
10between businesses and government that will connect veterans
11and active duty service members with merchants who choose to
12honor their military service through special discounts and
14    The Veterans' and Military Discount Card Program, created
15under this Act, will provide veterans (those honorably
16discharged and other veterans generally discharged for reasons



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1other than discipline, misconduct, resignation in lieu of
2misconduct charges, unfitness for duty, voluntary resignation,
3or court martial) and military personnel currently serving our
4country with discount cards that can be used at participating
5merchants throughout the State of Illinois who agree to honor
6the Veterans' and Military Discount Card by providing
7cardholders with a discount on goods and services, or another
8appropriate money-saving promotion of a merchant's choice.
9    The Veterans' and Military Discount Card Program will be
10mutually beneficial, helping active duty service members and
11veterans in the State save money with discounts on goods and
12services, and helping business owners to enjoy increased
13traffic and sales in their stores.
14    Section 10. Veterans' and Military Discount Card Program.
15The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall establish and
16administer a Veterans' and Military Discount Card Program that
17enables veterans and active duty military personnel to use a
18driver's license or Illinois Identification Card issued
19pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 6-106 of the Illinois
20Vehicle Code or subsection (c-5) of Section 4 of the Illinois
21Identification Card Act for a discount on goods and services,
22or another appropriate money-saving promotion of a merchant's
24    Section 15. Outreach program. The Department shall develop



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1and implement an outreach program to ensure that active duty
2service members, veterans, and potential merchant-participants
3in the State are made aware of the Veterans' and Military
4Discount Card Program. However, the Department shall not be
5required to conduct such outreach in a county offering a
6similar discount card program. The Secretary of State may also
7assist in promoting and disseminating information on the
8Veterans' and Military Discount Card Program.
9    Section 20. Rules. The Department of Veterans' Affairs
10shall adopt any rules necessary to implement this Act.
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12becoming law.".