(225 ILCS 50/17) (from Ch. 111, par. 7417)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
    Sec. 17. Duties of the Board. The Board shall advise the Department in all matters relating to this Act and shall assist as requested by the Director.
    The Board shall respond to issues and problems relating to the improvement of services to the deaf or hard of hearing and shall make such recommendations as it considers advisable. It shall file an annual report with the Director and shall meet at least twice a year. The Board may meet at any time at the call of the chair.
    The Board shall recommend specialized education programs for persons wishing to become licensed as hearing instrument dispensers and shall, by rule, establish minimum standards of continuing education required for license renewal. No more than 5 hours of continuing education credit per year, however, can be obtained through programs sponsored by hearing instrument manufacturers. Continuing education credit per licensing period must include a minimum of (i) 2 hours in Illinois law and ethics, (ii) one hour in sexual harassment prevention training, and (iii) one hour in implicit bias awareness. Continuing education offered by a college, university, or bar association, the International Hearing Society, the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Illinois Academy of Audiology, or the Illinois Hearing Society regarding Illinois law and ethics shall be accepted toward satisfaction of the Illinois law and ethics continuing education requirement.
    The Board shall hear charges brought by any person against hearing instrument dispensers and shall recommend disciplinary action to the Director.
    Members of the Board are immune from liability in any action based upon a licensing proceeding or other act performed in good faith as a member of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 103-495, eff. 1-1-24.)