Gov. Pritzker, lawmakers unveil legislation to strengthen Scott’s Law

Strengthening Scott's Law in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker and state lawmakers unveiled legislation on Tuesday, May 14 to strengthen Scott’s Law.

In 2019 alone, Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story and Gerald Ellis died in the line of duty. The law was first passed in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen.

The proposed is addressed with two separate pieces of legislation.

Senate Bill 1862 takes several steps to strengthen Scott’s Law:

  • Expands Scott’s Law protections to include a stationary authorized vehicle with oscillating lights, first responders, IDOT workers, law enforcement officers and any individuals authorized to be on the highway within the scope of their employment or job duties
  • Increases the minimum fine to $250 for a first violation of Scott’s Law and to $750 for a second or subsequent violation
  • Adds $250 assessment fee for any violation of Scott’s Law to be deposited into a new dedicated fund to produce driver education materials, called the Scott’s Law Fund
  • Increases criminal penalty to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, if violation results in damage to another vehicle or a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to one to three years in prison, if violation results in an injury or death of another person
  • Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to include firefighter and emergency medical service personnel while acting within the scope of their official duties
  • Adds aggravating factors to reckless homicide charges if Scott’s Law was violated
  • Requires the Secretary of State to include written question on Scott’s Law in driver’s license test

Senate Bill 2038 creates a Move Over Task Force to study the issue of violations of Scott’s Law, disabled vehicle law and stationary authorized emergency vehicle law, with attention to the causes of the violations and ways to protect law enforcement and emergency responders.

Members of the task force will include:

  • Director of Illinois State Police or his/her designee (serves as Chair)
  • Governor of Illinois or his/her designee
  • Secretary of State or his/her designee
  • Secretary of Transportation (IDOT) or his/her designee
  • Director of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority or his/her designee
  • President of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association or his/her designee
  • President of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association or his/her designee
  • President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police or his/her designee
  • President of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois or his/her designee
  • one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives
  • one member appointed by the President of the Senate
  • one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate
  • The following appointed by the Governor: two representatives of different statewide trucking associations; one representative of a Chicago area motor club; one representative of a Chicago area transit safety alliance; one representative of a statewide broadcast association; one representative of a statewide towing organization; and the chief of police of a municipality with a population under 25,000

The Task Force must serve without compensation and must meet no fewer than three times. Also, it must present its report and recommendations to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2020.

The legislation will be introduced by Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. and Sen. Tony Munoz and will co-sponsored by Sen. Neil Anderson and Reps. Tim Butler, John Cabello and Jay Hoffman.

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