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State Senator Hunter legislation passes Human Services Committee

Posted by Newsroom On February - 18 - 2013

“Making these adaptations to the Civil Administrative Code to better reflect diversity and equal opportunity in our state governing practices, in addition to changes to improve the current status and operation of DHS’ State Rehabilitation Council, is necessary. I am proud to say we have taken a huge step towards accomplishing these goals.”  – Senator Mattie Hunter

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) achieved passing Senate Bill 63 out of the Senate’s Human Services committee.

SB 63, an act concerning state government, amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. The legislation, sponsored by Hunter, changes the composition of the State Rehabilitation Council to comply with federal rules. SB 63 makes amendments regarding representatives to be included in the council and changes to the definitions of council members.

This measure would provide for the governor to delegate the authority to appoint members — as federal regulation dictates — to the council by executive order so that vacancies on the council may be filled more quickly. SB 63 also establishes limits to the number of terms members may serve on the council.

“Making these adaptations to the Civil Administrative Code to better reflect diversity and equal opportunity in our state governing practices, in addition to changes to improve the current status and operation of DHS’ State Rehabilitation Council, is necessary,” Hunter said. “I am proud to say we have taken a huge step towards accomplishing these goals.”

SB 63, adapting Section 5 of the Civil Administrative Code, further creates changes in provisions regarding persons who shall be appointed to the Rehabilitation council. The legislation also sets forth that the chairperson and a majority of the council members must be persons “who are individuals with disabilities.”

“As chairperson of the Human Services committee and someone who has consistently fought for justice and equal rights for all,” Hunter said, “SB 63 will help us better serve the needs of the disabled and all Illinoisans.”

SB 63 is now placed on the order of 2nd reading.

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