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Lawmakers could take up measure impacting various professions when they return next week

Added 04-08-21 03:23:02pm EST - “Illinois state lawmakers could soon give a private association sole authority over certifying stage riggers who want to work in Illinois.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Lawmakers could take up measure impacting various professions when they return next week”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Illinois state lawmakers could soon give a private association sole authority over certifying stage riggers who want to work in Illinois.

The city of Chicago already requires those rigging light and sound equipment to be certified by the Entertainment Technician Certification Association.

During a hearing last month in the Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee about House Bill 419 to require it statewide, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, had concerns the proposal gives only one group the authority over such certification.

“While I totally support 110% having certified and the best trainers, I hate putting in legislation that puts only one pathway on it,” Willis said.

Despite those concerns, the measure passed the committee unanimously. If passed and approved by the governor, the measure would require 3,000 hours of rigging experience and a passage of test administered by the ETCA before being certified.

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