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    (5 ILCS 382/Art. 3 heading)
ARTICLE 3. STATE SERVICES ASSURANCE ACT FOR 2008
(Source: P.A. 95‑707, eff. 1‑11‑08.)

    (5 ILCS 382/3‑1)
    Sec. 3‑1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the State Services Assurance Act for FY2008, and references in this Article to "this Act" mean this Article.
(Source: P.A. 95‑707, eff. 1‑11‑08.)

    (5 ILCS 382/3‑5)
    Sec. 3‑5. Definitions. For the purposes of this Act:
    "Frontline staff" means State employees in the RC 6, RC 9, RC 10, RC 14, RC 28, RC 42, RC 62, RC 63, and CU 500 bargaining units in titles represented by AFSCME as of June 1, 2007.
    "On‑board frontline staff" means frontline staff in paid status.
(Source: P.A. 95‑707, eff. 1‑11‑08.)

    (5 ILCS 382/3‑10)
    Sec. 3‑10. Legislative intent and policy. The General Assembly finds that State government delivers a myriad of services that are necessary for the health, welfare, safety, and quality of life of all Illinois residents. Because State services are used by many Illinois citizens who cannot speak the English language fluently, there is a need for bilingual State employees. The number of workers in State government who speak a language other than English is inadequate, leaving those workers who do speak another language overworked and incapable of meeting the rising demand for their services.
    In response to this crisis, it is the intent of the General Assembly in FY 2008 to ensure the hiring and retention of additional bilingual frontline staff in State agencies where public services are most used. These additions take into account our State's current revenue crisis, and are a first step. Raising bilingual staffing to meet higher national standards to fully ensure the effective delivery of essential services is the long‑term goal of the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 95‑707, eff. 1‑11‑08.)

    (5 ILCS 382/3‑15)
    Sec. 3‑15. Staffing standards. On or before July 1, 2008 each named agency shall increase and maintain the number of bilingual on‑board frontline staff over the levels that it maintained on June 30, 2007 as follows:
        (1) The Department of Corrections shall have at least
     40 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (2) Mental health and developmental centers operated
     by the Department of Human Services shall have at least 20 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (3) Family and Community Resource Centers operated by
     the Department of Human Services shall have at least 100 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (4) The Department of Children and Family Services
     shall have at least 40 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (5) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall have at
     least 5 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (6) The Environmental Protection Agency shall have at
     least 5 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (7) The Department of Employment Security shall have
     at least 10 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (8) The Department of Natural Resources shall have at
     least 5 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (9) The Department of Public Health shall have at
     least 5 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (10) The Department of State Police shall have at
     least 5 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
        (11) The Department of Juvenile Justice shall have at
     least 25 additional bilingual on‑board frontline staff.
(Source: P.A. 95‑707, eff. 1‑11‑08.)

    (5 ILCS 382/3‑20)
    Sec. 3‑20. Accountability. On or before April 1, 2008 and each year thereafter, each executive branch agency, board, and commission shall prepare and submit a report to the General Assembly on the staffing level of bilingual employees. The report shall provide data from the previous month, including but not limited to each employees name, job title, job description, and languages spoken.
(Source: P.A. 95‑707, eff. 1‑11‑08.)