Bill Text: IL SB1489 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed

Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency may by rule assess and collect reasonable fees for attendance at Agency-sponsored conferences and trainings to enable the Agency to carry out the requirements of the Act. Provides that any moneys received from these fees shall be deposited in the Emergency Planning and Training Fund and used by the Agency, subject to appropriation, for planning and training activities.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-23 - Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate [SB1489 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB1489-Engrossed.html

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1 AN ACT concerning safety.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act is
5amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
6 (20 ILCS 3305/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 1055)
7 Sec. 5. Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
8 (a) There is created within the executive branch of the
9State Government an Illinois Emergency Management Agency and a
10Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, herein
11called the "Director" who shall be the head thereof. The
12Director shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice
13and consent of the Senate, and shall serve for a term of 2
14years beginning on the third Monday in January of the
15odd-numbered year, and until a successor is appointed and has
16qualified; except that the term of the first Director appointed
17under this Act shall expire on the third Monday in January,
181989. The Director shall not hold any other remunerative public
19office. The Director shall receive an annual salary as set by
20the Compensation Review Board.
21 (b) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall obtain,
22under the provisions of the Personnel Code, technical,
23clerical, stenographic and other administrative personnel, and

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1may make expenditures within the appropriation therefor as may
2be necessary to carry out the purpose of this Act. The agency
3created by this Act is intended to be a successor to the agency
4created under the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster
5Agency Act of 1975 and the personnel, equipment, records, and
6appropriations of that agency are transferred to the successor
7agency as of the effective date of this Act.
8 (c) The Director, subject to the direction and control of
9the Governor, shall be the executive head of the Illinois
10Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Response
11Commission and shall be responsible under the direction of the
12Governor, for carrying out the program for emergency management
13of this State. The Director shall also maintain liaison and
14cooperate with the emergency management organizations of this
15State and other states and of the federal government.
16 (d) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall take an
17integral part in the development and revision of political
18subdivision emergency operations plans prepared under
19paragraph (f) of Section 10. To this end it shall employ or
20otherwise secure the services of professional and technical
21personnel capable of providing expert assistance to the
22emergency services and disaster agencies. These personnel
23shall consult with emergency services and disaster agencies on
24a regular basis and shall make field examinations of the areas,
25circumstances, and conditions that particular political
26subdivision emergency operations plans are intended to apply.

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1 (e) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and political
2subdivisions shall be encouraged to form an emergency
3management advisory committee composed of private and public
4personnel representing the emergency management phases of
5mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The Local
6Emergency Planning Committee, as created under the Illinois
7Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, shall serve
8as an advisory committee to the emergency services and disaster
9agency or agencies serving within the boundaries of that Local
10Emergency Planning Committee planning district for:
11 (1) the development of emergency operations plan
12 provisions for hazardous chemical emergencies; and
13 (2) the assessment of emergency response capabilities
14 related to hazardous chemical emergencies.
15 (f) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall:
16 (1) Coordinate the overall emergency management
17 program of the State.
18 (2) Cooperate with local governments, the federal
19 government and any public or private agency or entity in
20 achieving any purpose of this Act and in implementing
21 emergency management programs for mitigation,
22 preparedness, response, and recovery.
23 (2.5) Develop a comprehensive emergency preparedness
24 and response plan for any nuclear accident in accordance
25 with Section 65 of the Department of Nuclear Safety Law of
26 2004 (20 ILCS 3310) and in development of the Illinois

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1 Nuclear Safety Preparedness program in accordance with
2 Section 8 of the Illinois Nuclear Safety Preparedness Act.
3 (2.6) Coordinate with the Department of Public Health
4 with respect to planning for and responding to public
5 health emergencies.
6 (3) Prepare, for issuance by the Governor, executive
7 orders, proclamations, and regulations as necessary or
8 appropriate in coping with disasters.
9 (4) Promulgate rules and requirements for political
10 subdivision emergency operations plans that are not
11 inconsistent with and are at least as stringent as
12 applicable federal laws and regulations.
13 (5) Review and approve, in accordance with Illinois
14 Emergency Management Agency rules, emergency operations
15 plans for those political subdivisions required to have an
16 emergency services and disaster agency pursuant to this
17 Act.
18 (5.5) Promulgate rules and requirements for the
19 political subdivision emergency management exercises,
20 including, but not limited to, exercises of the emergency
21 operations plans.
22 (5.10) Review, evaluate, and approve, in accordance
23 with Illinois Emergency Management Agency rules, political
24 subdivision emergency management exercises for those
25 political subdivisions required to have an emergency
26 services and disaster agency pursuant to this Act.

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1 (6) Determine requirements of the State and its
2 political subdivisions for food, clothing, and other
3 necessities in event of a disaster.
4 (7) Establish a register of persons with types of
5 emergency management training and skills in mitigation,
6 preparedness, response, and recovery.
7 (8) Establish a register of government and private
8 response resources available for use in a disaster.
9 (9) Expand the Earthquake Awareness Program and its
10 efforts to distribute earthquake preparedness materials to
11 schools, political subdivisions, community groups, civic
12 organizations, and the media. Emphasis will be placed on
13 those areas of the State most at risk from an earthquake.
14 Maintain the list of all school districts, hospitals,
15 airports, power plants, including nuclear power plants,
16 lakes, dams, emergency response facilities of all types,
17 and all other major public or private structures which are
18 at the greatest risk of damage from earthquakes under
19 circumstances where the damage would cause subsequent harm
20 to the surrounding communities and residents.
21 (10) Disseminate all information, completely and
22 without delay, on water levels for rivers and streams and
23 any other data pertaining to potential flooding supplied by
24 the Division of Water Resources within the Department of
25 Natural Resources to all political subdivisions to the
26 maximum extent possible.

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1 (11) Develop agreements, if feasible, with medical
2 supply and equipment firms to supply resources as are
3 necessary to respond to an earthquake or any other disaster
4 as defined in this Act. These resources will be made
5 available upon notifying the vendor of the disaster.
6 Payment for the resources will be in accordance with
7 Section 7 of this Act. The Illinois Department of Public
8 Health shall determine which resources will be required and
9 requested.
10 (11.5) In coordination with the Department of State
11 Police, develop and implement a community outreach program
12 to promote awareness among the State's parents and children
13 of child abduction prevention and response.
14 (12) Out of funds appropriated for these purposes,
15 award capital and non-capital grants to Illinois hospitals
16 or health care facilities located outside of a city with a
17 population in excess of 1,000,000 to be used for purposes
18 that include, but are not limited to, preparing to respond
19 to mass casualties and disasters, maintaining and
20 improving patient safety and quality of care, and
21 protecting the confidentiality of patient information. No
22 single grant for a capital expenditure shall exceed
23 $300,000. No single grant for a non-capital expenditure
24 shall exceed $100,000. In awarding such grants, preference
25 shall be given to hospitals that serve a significant number
26 of Medicaid recipients, but do not qualify for

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1 disproportionate share hospital adjustment payments under
2 the Illinois Public Aid Code. To receive such a grant, a
3 hospital or health care facility must provide funding of at
4 least 50% of the cost of the project for which the grant is
5 being requested. In awarding such grants the Illinois
6 Emergency Management Agency shall consider the
7 recommendations of the Illinois Hospital Association.
8 (13) Do all other things necessary, incidental or
9 appropriate for the implementation of this Act.
10 (g) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is authorized
11to make grants to various higher education institutions, public
12K-12 school districts, area vocational centers as designated by
13the State Board of Education, inter-district special education
14cooperatives, regional safe schools, and nonpublic K-12
15schools for safety and security improvements. For the purpose
16of this subsection (g), "higher education institution" means a
17public university, a public community college, or an
18independent, not-for-profit or for-profit higher education
19institution located in this State. Grants made under this
20subsection (g) shall be paid out of moneys appropriated for
21that purpose from the Build Illinois Bond Fund. The Illinois
22Emergency Management Agency shall adopt rules to implement this
23subsection (g). These rules may specify: (i) the manner of
24applying for grants; (ii) project eligibility requirements;
25(iii) restrictions on the use of grant moneys; (iv) the manner
26in which the various higher education institutions must account

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1for the use of grant moneys; and (v) any other provision that
2the Illinois Emergency Management Agency determines to be
3necessary or useful for the administration of this subsection
5 (h) Except as provided in Section 17.5 of this Act, any
6moneys received by the Agency from donations or sponsorships
7shall be deposited in the Emergency Planning and Training Fund
8and used by the Agency, subject to appropriation, to effectuate
9planning and training activities.
10 (i) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency may by rule
11assess and collect reasonable fees for attendance at
12Agency-sponsored conferences and trainings to enable the
13Agency to carry out the requirements of this Act. Any moneys
14received under this subsection shall be deposited in the
15Emergency Planning and Training Fund and used by the Agency,
16subject to appropriation, for planning and training
18(Source: P.A. 98-465, eff. 8-16-13; 98-664, eff. 6-23-14.)