Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Rep. Olsen’s Guardianship Transparency Bill into Law

Important legislation sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) that helps ensure that vulnerable Illinoisans are receiving proper attention and services from their court-appointed guardians was signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.

HB 4867 adds a new layer of transparency to the caseloads of guardians of adults with disabilities, by requiring potential guardians to disclose to the court the number of adults with disabilities over which the potential guardian is currently appointed. The new provision would also apply to those who wish to be appointed as guardian of the estate of an adult with disabilities.

“In many cases, adults with disabilities rely heavily upon court-appointed guardians to ensure their needs are met,” said Olsen. “This new law would identify those instances where guardians may be spread too thin and might not be able to adequately serve those for whom they are responsible.”

Through HB 4867, now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0659, if the court determines that an individual is appointed guardian over more than five adults with disabilities, the court would be required to notify the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission within one week. The Guardianship and Advocacy Commission would then maintain a list of all notifications it receives for reference by other agencies, units of government, and the public.

HB 4867 was approved with nearly unanimous bipartisan support in the House in April and unanimously in the Senate in May. The provisions of the new law take effect on January 1, 2019.

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