Government Emergency Administration Act

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SB 2135 creates the Government Emergency Administration Act.

SB 2135 amends the Open Meetings Act to allow an open or closed meeting subject to the Act to be conducted by audio or video conference during a disaster declaration related to public health concerns, without the physical presence of a quorum of the members, as long as certain conditions are met.

SB 2135 amends the Electronic Commerce Security Act to give statutory approval to the remote notary and witness guidelines provided in Executive Order 2020-14. Specifically, effective March 26, 2020, and ending 30 days after expiration of the governor’s emergency declaration regarding COVID-19, a notarial act or an act of witnessing may be performed through two-way audio-video communication technology, provided that certain requirements are met.

Finally, SB 2135 amends the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act to suspend the deadlines for filing statements of economic interests on or after March 17, 2020, until August 1, 2020.

SB 2135 takes effect immediately upon becoming law.

Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Representative Kelly M. Burke