Bill Text: IL HB2522 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Creates the Legislative Accessibility Act. Provides that the General Assembly shall make all efforts to increase public accessibility to the General Assembly, and specifies the efforts to be included. Provides that the Secretary of State shall make all efforts to increase public accessibility to all State buildings. Provides specified accessibility requirements for the State Capitol Building and the James R. Thompson Center.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 18-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-01 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford [HB2522 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-HB2522-Introduced.html


101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
HB2522

Introduced , by Rep. Ann M. Williams

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
New Act

Creates the Legislative Accessibility Act. Provides that the General Assembly shall make all efforts to increase public accessibility to the General Assembly, and specifies the efforts to be included. Provides that the Secretary of State shall make all efforts to increase public accessibility to all State buildings. Provides specified accessibility requirements for the State Capitol Building and the James R. Thompson Center.
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A BILL FOR

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1 AN ACT concerning government.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Legislative Accessibility Act.
6 Section 5. General Assembly accessibility.
7 (a) The General Assembly shall make all efforts to increase
8public accessibility to the General Assembly.
9 (b) Efforts to increase public accessibility of the General
10Assembly shall include, but not be limited to: (1) captioning
11of all television and live feed video events in the State
12Capitol Building; and (2) a formal process, advertised on the
13Illinois General Assembly website, to request and follow up on
14reasonable accommodations for people attending legislative
15events, including, but not limited to, all hearings and floor
16proceedings.
17 Section 10. State Building accessibility.
18 (a) The Secretary of State shall make all efforts to
19increase public accessibility to all State buildings.
20 (b) In addition to any upgrades which may be made under
21subsection (a), the State Capitol Building and the James R.
22Thompson Center shall, at a minimum:

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1 (1) have at least one bathroom in the Capitol that has
2 adult size changing beds;
3 (2) have at least one room as a sensory break space;
4 (3) post broken elevator alerts on the Illinois General
5 Assembly website, with suggestions for alternate routes;
6 (4) develop and publicly post clear maps for the
7 Capitol Building, the William G. Stratton Building, and the
8 Michael J. Howlett Building to enable people to navigate
9 more easily; and
10 (5) maintain a stock of at least 10 manual wheelchairs
11 to be used by visitors to the Capitol.
12 (c) In addition to any upgrades which may be made under
13subsection (a), the James R. Thompson Center shall, at a
14minimum:
15 (1) have at least one bathroom that has adult size
16 changing beds;
17 (2) have at least one room as a sensory break space;
18 (3) post readily accessible broken elevator alerts or
19 notices, with suggestions for alternate routes;
20 (4) develop and publicly post clear maps for the
21 Thompson Center and the surrounding area to enable people
22 to navigate more easily; and
23 (5) maintain a stock of at least 10 manual wheelchairs
24 to be used by visitors.
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