Senate Bill 3255 exempts veterans with a permanent disability from the annual recertification requirement to retain their handicapped parking designation.
VILLA PARK – Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday signed legislation to ensure that veterans with disabilities can use accessible parking spaces without facing bureaucratic hurdles.
The governor was joined at Tuesday’s bill signing by congresswoman and former assistant director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois). Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, was awarded a Purple Heart for serious injuries sustained during combat.
“Our veterans with disabilities shouldn’t have to deal with unnecessary barriers to keep their parking privileges each year,” Quinn said. “This law will help make daily life a little easier for those who have fought hard to protect our country. Illinois is the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and this new law will ensure we are doing everything we can for our brave men and women who have borne the battle.”
“I am proud that Illinois is the first state to pass legislation that will make it easier for veterans with permanent disabilities to renew their accessible parking placard each year,” Duckworth said. “This bill is a great way to honor our returning veterans and all who have served.”
Senate Bill 3255 exempts veterans with a permanent disability from the annual recertification requirement to retain their handicapped parking designation. Once a doctor has determined a veteran to have a permanent disability, the new law allows veterans to renew their placard or special license plate without submitting a doctor’s determination each year. The law is effective Jan. 1.