Bill Text: IL HB0213 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Creates the School Choice Act. Provides findings and declarations of policy. Establishes the School Choice Program. Provides that under the program the custodian of a qualifying pupil is entitled to a School Choice Scholarship to pay for qualified education expenses at participating nonpublic schools. Requires the principal of each public school to notify custodians of qualifying pupils of the availability of scholarships. Requires custodians to apply to the State Board of Education for a scholarship and provide documentation as to eligibility. Requires the State Board to issue a scholarship to custodians who have made proper application and to honor the scholarship when presented for payment by a nonpublic school. Provides for the amount of a scholarship. Provides that the scholarship may be renewed each year through the 12th grade so long as the pupil and custodian remain eligible. Contains funding provisions. Provides that the amount received under the program shall not be considered base income for purposes of Illinois' income tax. Requires the State Board to submit a report to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2020. Provides criminal penalties for certain violations. Requires the State Board to adopt rules to implement the Act. Repeals the Act on January 1, 2021. Amends the Illinois Lottery Law and the Illinois Income Tax Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-03-15 - Referred to Assignments [HB0213 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0213-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning education.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Lottery Law is amended by changing
5Section 2 as follows:
6 (20 ILCS 1605/2) (from Ch. 120, par. 1152)
7 Sec. 2. This Act is enacted to implement and establish
8within the State a lottery to be conducted by the State through
9the Department. The entire net proceeds of the Lottery are to
10be used for the support of the State's Common School Fund,
11except as provided in subsection (o) of Section 9.1 and
12Sections 21.5, 21.6, 21.7, 21.8, and 21.9. The General Assembly
13finds that it is in the public interest for the Department to
14conduct the functions of the Lottery with the assistance of a
15private manager under a management agreement overseen by the
16Department. The Department shall be accountable to the General
17Assembly and the people of the State through a comprehensive
18system of regulation, audits, reports, and enduring
19operational oversight. The Department's ongoing conduct of the
20Lottery through a management agreement with a private manager
21shall act to promote and ensure the integrity, security,
22honesty, and fairness of the Lottery's operation and
23administration. It is the intent of the General Assembly that

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1the Department shall conduct the Lottery with the assistance of
2a private manager under a management agreement at all times in
3a manner consistent with 18 U.S.C. 1307(a)(1), 1307(b)(1),
41953(b)(4).
5 Any moneys transferred from the State Lottery Fund to the
6Common School Fund shall be supplemental to, and not in lieu
7of, any other money due to be transferred to the Common School
8Fund by law or appropriation.
9(Source: P.A. 98-649, eff. 6-16-14; 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)
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