97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLYState of Illinois2011 and 2012
Introduced 2/9/2011, by Sen. Pamela J. Althoff
Amends the Home Inspector License Act and the Regulatory Sunset Act.
Permits the Department to disclose information and documents related to an examination or investigation of a licensee or applicant only to law enforcement officials, other regulatory agencies that have an appropriate regulatory interest as determined by the Secretary, or a party presenting a lawful subpoena to the Department.
Provides that any formal complaint against a licensee filed with the Department or an order issued by the Department against a licensee or applicant shall be a public record.
Allows the Department to take action, including imposing fines not to exceed** $25,000 per violation**, if the individual meets the requirements for grounds for disciplinary action.
Grants the Department authority to petition the Attorney General or local State’s Attorney office where a violation occurs to enjoin the violation or order enforcement compliance with this Act.
Provides that, on a showing of a possible violation, the Department may compel an applicant or a licensee to submit to a physical or mental examination.
Repeals provisions concerning the** Home Inspector Advisory Board**.
Creates peer review advisors that the Department may authorize to investigate complaints, revise the licensing examination at the direction of the Department, review training and qualifications of applicants, and interview witnesses, the complainant, and any licensees involved in an alleged matter.
Provides the Department the authority to issue subpoenas, administer oaths at Department hearings, or petition the circuit courts to order the attendance and testimony of witnesses.
Makes other changes.
Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act to extend the Home Inspector License Act from January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2022.