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 1        AN ACT concerning State government.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  1.    Short title.  This Act may be cited as the
 5    Small Business Advisory Act.

 6        Section 5.  Definitions.  In this Act:
 7        "Agency" means  the  same  as  in  Section  1-20  of  the
 8    Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
 9        "Joint   Committee"   means   the   Joint   Committee  on
10    Administrative Rules.
11        "Small   business"   means   any   for   profit   entity,
12    independently owned and  operated,  that  grosses  less  than
13    $4,000,000  per  year  or  that  has  50  or fewer  full-time
14    employees. For the purposes of this Act, a  "small  business"
15    has its principal office in Illinois.
16        "Department"   means   the  Department  of  Commerce  and
17    Community Affairs.

18        Section 10.  Small business advisory web pages site.
19        (a)  Within 6 months after the  effective  date  of  this
20    Act,  each  Agency must create  and  make  available  on  the
21    World Wide Web a small business advisory page.
22        (b)  Each agency that (i) has adopted or is preparing  to
23    adopt  any  rule  affecting  small  businesses  or  (ii)   is
24    designated   to   administer   legislation  affecting   small
25    businesses that has become  law  must prepare and post on its
26    small business advisory page a plain language explanation  of
27    the rule or  legislation. The explanation  must  indicate the
28    effective  date  of the rule or legislation.  The explanation
29    must remain posted for  a  minimum  of  6  months  after  the
30    effective  date  of  the  rule or legislation. Agencies shall
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 1    consult  with  the  Department  and   small   businesses   in
 2    developing uniform web page standards.
 3        If   a  rule  has  been  proposed  but  not  adopted,  an
 4    explanation of the rule must be posted as soon as possible in
 5    order to allow  input  and  comment   from   affected   small
 6    businesses.  The  State agency must, in addition to posting a
 7    plain language explanation of the rule, post  notice  of  the
 8    time,  date,  and place of any public hearings, together with
 9    the names, addresses, and telephone  numbers  of  the  agency
10    rulemaking  contact;  what  must  be  done  by members of the
11    public who wish to provide testimony on the  rulemaking;  and
12    the  names  and Springfield and district office addresses and
13    telephone numbers of the members of the Joint Committee.
14        (c) When each agency updates its small business  advisory
15    web  page,  it  shall notify the Department.  The Department,
16    through its First Stop  Business  Information  Center,  shall
17    serve as a central clearinghouse notifying the small business
18    community   of  each  agency's  rulemakings  and  changes  in
19    requirements.  Furthermore, the Department shall  seek  input
20    from  the  small business community on the changes and inform
21    the  appropriate  agency  and  where  applicable,  the  Joint
22    Committee, of the input.
23        The Department, as a part of its clearinghouse  function,
24    shall  maintain  a  central  small business advisory web page
25    that shall serve as a coordinated  point  of  access  to  all
26    agencies' business advisory web pages.

27        Section 15.  Advisory opinions and interpretations.  Each
28    agency  must  post  plain  language  versions of all advisory
29    opinions and interpretations of rules and statutes  affecting
30    small  businesses  issued by the agency on its small business
31    advisory  web  page.   No  person who acts or fails to act in
32    reasonable   reliance   in   the   advisory   opinions    and
33    interpretations may be held liable in any civil, criminal, or
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 1    regulatory action because of that act or failure to act.

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