Legislative Committee

Illinois APCO jointly with Illinois NENA have a group of very dedicated members who serve on our Joint Legislative Committee. The Committee is tasked with monitoring legislation that directly effects 9-1-1 centers. The Committee along with our Lobbyist John Lowder dedicate countless hours to the task of working with the 9-1-1 Statewide Advisory Board as well as monitoring new legislation at the State and Federal level. The Committee meets on a weekly basis or more often as needed and also advises the Association President's when there is a need for member action alerts on specific legislative matters. 

The current Committee members are: 

Legislative

Illinois APCO

Illinois NENA

Ralph Caldwell - Co ChairJohn Ferraro - Co Chair
Brent Reynolds - ILAPCO PresidentShelly Dallas - Illinois NENA President
Jason KernCindy Wagner
Amy MarionPhil McCarty
Tammy Peterson

Legal Advisor: John Kelly 
Ex Officio: David Tuttle
Tracy Felty

Lobbyist: John Lowder


Legislative Update - November 2nd, 2023 


SAB members, INENA, and IL-APCO have received the attached Word document titled 1326 102723 – Final Draft, from the Colonel. We are also including a PDF of a draft 1326 review and comparison to previous admin rules completed by IL APCO Executive Board Director Bryan Whitaker. Comments and suggestions are due back by December 8, 2023.  The Joint INENA/IL-APCO Legislative Committee will be reviewing the document and compiling feedback.  After this review, INENA and IL-APCO would like to host a town hall meeting for discussion with our memberships at a date to be determined soon before the December 8, 2023 meeting.

Proposed 1326 rules doc                              Proposed draft 1326 review and comparison 

Thank you,
President Dian Stiles – INENA
President Brent Reynolds – IL APCO


Legislative Update- October 25th, 2023


On Tuesday morning, October 24th our Joint Legislative Committee was made aware of new legislation being filed during the Veto session (started today) by the Illinois State Police. This link below was shared with us by our Joint Legislative consultant John Lowder. Unfortunately, the two associations were unaware of any pending legislation during our Monday afternoon legislative update at IPSTA, or we would have brought this to your attention for discussion and to provide time for questions.

The legislative committee and both executive boards are currently reviewing this language and will provide an update soon. In the meantime please take time to review the language and forward your comments to John Ferraro jferraro@nwcds.org and Ralph Caldwell Ralph.Caldwell@champaignil.gov, this amendment (SB0853sam001) is currently being reviewed in the Senate.

https://www.hannah-il.com/ShowDocument.aspx?BTextID=140425

SB0853sam003 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

Additional on October 25th

Please see the new underlined language added to SB 835 Senate Amendment 3.  Today this was added to this legislation after being requested by the two associations since learning of the other language. Thank you to John Lowder for his quick and productive work on this.  

17    (b) The Governor shall make initial appointments to the  
18 Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board by August 31, 2015. Six of the 
19 voting members appointed by the Governor shall serve an  
20 initial term of 2 years, and the remaining voting members 
21 appointed by the Governor shall serve an initial term of 3 
22 years. Thereafter, each appointment by the Governor shall be  
23 for a term of 3 years and until their respective successors are  
24 appointed. Non-voting members shall serve for a term of 3  
25 years. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the 
26 original appointment. Persons appointed to fill a vacancy  

Sen. Patrick J. Joyce  Filed: 10/25/2023 




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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 853  


    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 853, AS AMENDED,  


by inserting the following immediately below the enacting  


clause:
  


    "Section 3. The State Employees Group Insurance Act of  


1971 is amended by changing Section 6.11C as follows:
  


    (5 ILCS 375/6.11C) 


    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a  


delayed effective date) 

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    Sec. 6.11C. Coverage for injectable medicines to improve  

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glucose or weight loss. Beginning on July 1, 2024, the program  

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of health benefits covered under this ActJanuary 1, 2024, the  

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State Employees Group Insurance Program shall provide coverage  

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for all types of medically necessary injectable medicines  

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prescribed on-label or off-label to improve glucose or weight  

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loss for use by adults diagnosed or previously diagnosed with  

  

  



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prediabetes, gestational diabetes, or obesity. To continue to  


qualify for coverage under this Section, the continued  


treatment must be medically necessary, andcovered members  


must, if given advance, written notice,participate in a  


lifestyle management plan administered by their health plan.  


This Section does not apply to individuals covered by a  


Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan. 


(Source: P.A. 103-8, eff. 1-1-24.)"; and
  


by replacing the introductory clause of Section 10 with the  

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following: 

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    "Section 10. The Emergency Telephone System Act is amended  

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by changing Sections 19, 30, and 35 as follows:
  

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    (50 ILCS 750/19) 

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    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2025

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    Sec. 19. Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board. 

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    (a) Beginning July 1, 2015, there is created the Statewide  

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9-1-1 Advisory Board within the Illinois State Police. The  

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Board shall consist of the following voting members: 

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        (1) The Director of the Illinois State Police, or his  

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    or her designee, who shall serve as chairman. 

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        (2) The Executive Director of the Commission, or his  

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    or her designee. 

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        (3) Members appointed by the Governor as follows: 

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            (A) one member representing the Illinois chapter  

  

  



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        of the National Emergency Number Association, or his  


        or her designee; 


            (B) one member representing the Illinois chapter  


        of the Association of Public-Safety Communications  


        Officials, or his or her designee; 


            (C) one member representing a county 9-1-1 system  


        from a county with a population of less than 37,000; 


            (C-5) one member representing a county 9-1-1  


        system from a county with a population between 37,000  

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        and 100,000;  

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            (D) one member representing a county 9-1-1 system  

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        from a county with a population between 100,001 and  

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        250,000; 

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            (E) one member representing a county 9-1-1 system  

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        from a county with a population of more than 250,000; 

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            (F) one member representing a municipal or  

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        intergovernmental cooperative 9-1-1 system, excluding  

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        any single municipality with a population over  

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        500,000; 

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            (G) one member representing the Illinois  

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        Association of Chiefs of Police; 

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            (H) one member representing the Illinois Sheriffs'  

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        Association; and 

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            (I) one member representing the Illinois Fire  

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        Chiefs Association. 

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    The Governor shall appoint the following non-voting  

  

  



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members: (i) one member representing an incumbent local  


exchange 9-1-1 system provider; (ii) one member representing a  


non-incumbent local exchange 9-1-1 system provider; (iii) one  


member representing a large wireless carrier; (iv) one member  


representing an incumbent local exchange carrier; (v) one  


member representing the Illinois Broadband and  


Telecommunications Association; (vi) one member representing  


the Illinois Broadband and Cable Association; and (vii) one  


member representing the Illinois State Ambulance Association.  

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority  

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Leader of the House of Representatives, the President of the  

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Senate, and the Minority Leader of the Senate may each appoint  

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a member of the General Assembly to temporarily serve as a  

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non-voting member of the Board during the 12 months prior to  

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the repeal date of this Act to discuss legislative initiatives  

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of the Board.  

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    (b) The Governor shall make initial appointments to the  

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Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board by August 31, 2015. Six of the  

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voting members appointed by the Governor shall serve an  

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initial term of 2 years, and the remaining voting members  

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appointed by the Governor shall serve an initial term of 3  

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years. Thereafter, each appointment by the Governor shall be  

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for a term of 3 years and until their respective successors are  

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appointed. Non-voting members shall serve for a term of 3  

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years. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the  

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original appointment. Persons appointed to fill a vacancy  

  

  



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shall serve for the balance of the unexpired term. 


    Members of the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board shall serve  


without compensation. 


    (c) The 9-1-1 Services Advisory Board, as constituted on  


June 1, 2015 without the legislative members, shall serve in  


the role of the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board until all  


appointments of voting members have been made by the Governor  


under subsection (a) of this Section. 


    (d) The Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board shall: 

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        (1) advise the Illinois State Police and the Statewide  

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    9-1-1 Administrator on the oversight of 9-1-1 systems and  

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    the development and implementation of a uniform statewide  

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    9-1-1 system; 

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        (2) make recommendations to the Governor and the  

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    General Assembly regarding improvements to 9-1-1 services  

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    throughout the State; and 

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        (3) exercise all other powers and duties provided in  

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    this Act. 

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    (e) The Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board shall submit to the  

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General Assembly a report by March 1 of each year providing an  

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update on the transition to a statewide 9-1-1 system and  

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recommending any legislative action. 

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    (f) The Illinois State Police shall provide administrative  

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support to the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board.  

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(Source: P.A. 102-9, eff. 6-3-21; 102-538, eff. 8-20-21;  

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102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)". 




Legislative Update - October 17th, 2022

Please join us for a Joint General Membership Special Legislative Meeting this Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 9:00 am, to discuss draft ETSA legislative modifications and additions. Please see the attached documents that include the draft legislative wording and the agenda.

Meeting information

Draft legislation 

Legislative update - June 21st, 2022

On June 21st, 2022 the local Illinois chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (IL-APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (IL-NENA) submits this ex parte letter to raise concerns and requests that the commission provide a clear determination as to using 9-1-1 Fees for 9-8-8 is a 9-1-1 Fee Diversion.

Letter to the FCC - June 21, 2022

Legislative Update - June 14th, 2022 

Please see the attached letter sent to Governor Pritzker's Office today regarding new information learned from the FCC during the NENA Conference in Kentucky this week. The two associations believe the information received  is important to share with the Governor, Comptroller, Treasurer, and the top four legislators in hopes of receiving a final determination on whether the funds swept from 911 for 988 will be considered a sweep by the FCC. Ultimately we are asking for the funds not to be swept until an official determination is made, and if it is a sweep to delay the transfer until legislation can be introduced to find another funding source.

April 19th APCO NENA letter on sweeps

May27th letter from Governor to APCO/NENA

APCO NENA Response to Governor

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Community Emergency Services and Supports Act (CESSA) Frequently Asked Questions page added 


The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health has posted an update to the Community Emergency Services and Supports Act (CESSA) Frequently Asked Questions page.  We hope that you will find this additional information useful as we proceed through the planning process over the next few months and will continue to post updates as they occur. 

The CESSA FAQs are posted at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=143239 & the 988 Planning Page can be found at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=135439 


Legislative Alert - Call to Action  - April 19, 2022


All members of Illinois APCO and Illinois NENA,

The attached correspondence was jointly drafted by the leadership of our organizations for the purpose of clearly defining our position on this important matter. We stand in strong opposition to the improper use of 9-1-1 funds as defined in the correspondence.

We are requesting that you share our correspondence with your elected state and local representatives for the purpose of presenting a united front opposing this action and promoting the development of alternate funding sources.

At this moment it is important to stand together, and your direct action is paramount.

Sincerely,
Brent Reynolds, President, Illinois APCO
Shelley Dallas, Illinois NENA


Legislative Update 11/23/2021

The two Chapter Executive Boards have spent hours working with the Joint Legislative Committee to review and provide suggestions and comments on Parts 1324 and 1327 to be submitted to ISP prior to their due date of December 6th. To provide membership a summary of the suggested changes and comments, a joint membership meeting has been scheduled for December 2nd at 12:30pm, due to the ISP’s short comment period and the holiday season the meeting will conclude at 2:00pm.

The goal of this meeting is to share the existing comments and suggestions of the two boards and the Joint Legislative Committee, so that membership can provide email comments and suggestions to be considered prior to the submission of INENA and IL APCO’s comments to the ISP.

Please forward your comments, suggested changes, or additions via email to Glenna Johnson dkgsj911@gmail.com on behalf of the two associations. Comments are welcome prior to this scheduled Zoom presentation but must be submitted by noon on December 6th to be included in our submission to the ISP. Glenna Johnson has graciously accepted the request to continue as the scribe for the administrative rule changes. You are also free to submit your comments to ISP individually as well.

Note: Draft copies of Parts 1324 and 1327 are available on both chapter websites and by request through Glenna Johnson.  

 Respectfully,

Shelley Dallas – INENA President            Brent Reynolds – IL APCO President

Meeting information

 


Legislative Update 6/1/2021

Hello all,

I am sure you have seen the communication from earlier today regarding the two Bills that we know have a direct impact on 9-1-1. The first is HB2784 Mental Health which passed the House and Senate last week, and the other is HB3702 which we discussed possibly being incorporated into a larger Telecom Bill. The language from HB 3702 was incorporated into the Telecom Bill HB3743 and it ultimately passed both the House and Senate this past extended weekend. That new Bill HB3743 has a Senate Amendment #2 that includes all 9-1-1 related items previously included in HB3702. You can click on the link to see the language. Also I have included an attached PDF of the HB3742 SA2 as well as a word document that includes some of the highlights, but is not all inclusive of the entire amendment.

INENA and IL APCO will continue to work with those involved in the Mental Health Bil

l HB2784 to make sure we are represented to help in the successful implementation of this newly passed legislation. 

        https://ilga.gov/legislation/102/HB/PDF/10200HB3743sam002.pdf

  • Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act.
  • Extends the repeal of the Act from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2023.
  • Makes various changes to definitions. Provides that within 18 months of the awarding of a contract under the Public Utilities Act to provide Next Generation 9-1-1 service (rather than by December 31, 2021), every 9-1-1 system in Illinois, except in a municipality with a population over 500,000, shall provide next generation 9-1-1 service.
  • Provides that a municipality with a population over 500,000 shall establish a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 network by December 31, 2023.
  • Provides that the information registered by an emergency telephone system with the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator shall include the identification of the System Manager.
  • Provides that an Emergency Telephone System Board has the power to designate a 9-1-1 System Manager, whose duties and responsibilities shall be set forth by the in writing.
  • Defines "System Manager".
  • Provides that the installation of or connection to a telephone company's network of any automatic alarm, automatic alerting device, or mechanical dialer that causes the number 9-1-1 to be dialed in order to directly access emergency services and does not provide for 2-way communication is prohibited in a 9-1-1 system.
  • Provides that training for public safety telecommunicators must be completed within one year of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator establishing the required guidelines, rules, and standards.
  • Provides that upon completing of training, all public safety telecommunicators must complete specified continuing education training regarding the delivery of 9-1-1 services and professionalism bi-annually.
  • Provides that on or after January 1, 2024 (rather than 2022), a municipality with a population over 500,000 may not impose a monthly surcharge in excess of $2.50 per network connection.
  • Provides that on or after January 1, 2024 (rather than 2022), the municipality may continue imposing and collecting its wireless carrier surcharge.
  • Amends the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act.
  • Deletes language providing that on or after January 1, 2021, a home rule municipality having a population in excess of 500,000 may only impose a prepaid wireless 9-1-1 surcharge not to exceed 7% per retail transaction sourced to that jurisdiction.

Documents: HB3743 Telecom Bill     HB3743 Senate Amendment 2

Weekly Legislative Advisory 

Each week when the Illinois General Assembly is in session or other times when needed, a weekly legislative advisory of bills that may effect the 9-1-1 Community. Those advisories can be reviewed below: 

Legislative Advisory - June 5th, 2021
Legislative Advisory  - May 22nd, 2021
Legislative Advisory  - May 15th, 2021 
Legislative Advisory  - May 8th, 2021
Legislative Advisory - May 1st, 2021
Legislative Advisory  - April 24, 2021
Legislative Advisory  - April 19, 2021
Legislative Advisory  - April 6, 2021