Friday, May 4, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-66

SENATE WORKS THROUGH WEEK; HOUSE OFF

The Illinois Senate was in session this week, busy both moving bills out of committees and passing bills on the chamber floor. The House of Representatives was off this week following its House bill deadline last Friday. Both chambers are scheduled to return next week and work Tuesday through Friday. Next Friday is the Senate deadline to consider House bills in Senate committees.

PROPOSED MANDATES APPROVED

The Senate this week approved three bills that would place new requirements on local school districts. Each of these bills has been sent to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

SB 3249 (Steans, D-Chicago) would add to the current list of items to be included in the public school History of the United States curriculum the “roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this state.” Further, the bill would require that all textbooks approved must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under that Act. The bill was approved by the full Senate on a vote of 34-18.

SB 2428 (Stadelman, D-Rockford) requires every school to provide a federally reimbursable meal or snack to a student who makes the request, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay or owes money for meals or snacks. If a student owes money for meals or snacks that is in excess of the equivalent of the amount charged a student for five lunches, a school may contact the parent or guardian of the student to attempt collection of the amount owed. Further, schools may not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a meal or snack or who owes money for a meal or snack such as the use of wrist bands, hand stamps, having the student sit in a separate location, or posting the name of the student. The bill was approved by the full Senate on a vote of 41-9-1.

SB 2572 (Holmes, D-Aurora) eliminates the changes in the requirements for Physical Education made under SB 1947 last year (moving the requirement from five days per week to three days per week), and sets a rigid time standard for PE of 150 minutes a week. The bill was approved by the full Senate on a vote of 36-14-1.

Click here to read the complete Alliance Legislative Report 100-66, including a number of bills acted on this week by the Senate and legislation to be considered next week.