Full Text of HB2988 97th General Assembly
HB2988 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced 2/23/2011, by Rep. Thomas Morrison
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
30 ILCS 105/5.786 new
625 ILCS 5/3-696 new
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code and the State Finance Act. Provides
for the issuance of Choose Life license plates. Provides that, in addition
to the appropriate registration fees, an applicant for the special plate
shall be charged a fee of $25 at original issuance and $25 at renewal.
Provides that $15 of the original issuance fee and $2 of the renewal fee
shall be deposited into the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund.
Provides that $10 of the additional original issuance fee and $23 of the
renewal fee shall be deposited into the Choose Life Fund, a new special
fund in the State treasury. Provides that all money in the Choose Life Fund
shall be distributed in accordance with a specified formula to all applying
qualified non-governmental, not-for-profit agencies whose services include
counseling and meeting the material needs of pregnant women who are
planning to place their children for adoption and contains other provisions
regarding the distribution of money from the Choose Life Fund.
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A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.786 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.786 new)
The Choose Life Fund.
The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by adding
Section 3-696 as follows:
(625 ILCS 5/3-696 new)
Choose Life license plates.
(a) The Secretary, upon receipt of an application made in
the form prescribed by the Secretary, may issue special
registration plates designated as Choose Life license plates to
any person who wishes to demonstrate support of organizations
that encourage adoption as a positive choice for women with
unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. The special plates issued
under this Section shall be affixed only to passenger vehicles
of the first division and motor vehicles of the second division
weighing not more than 8,000 pounds. Plates issued under this
Section shall expire according to the multi-year procedure
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established by Section 3-414.1 of this Code.
(b) The Secretary shall confer with Illinois Choose Life,
Inc. of Illinois regarding the design, color, and format of the
plates, which shall carry the words "Choose Life".
The Secretary may also allow the plates to be issued as
vanity plates or personalized plates under Section 3-405.1 of
this Code. The Secretary shall prescribe stickers or decals as
provided under Section 3-412 of this Code.
(c) An applicant for the special plates shall be charged a
$25 fee for original issuance in addition to the appropriate
registration fee. Of this $25 fee, $10 shall be deposited into
the Choose Life Fund and $15 shall be deposited into the
Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund, to be used by
the Secretary to help defray the administrative processing
For each registration renewal period, a $25 fee, in
addition to the appropriate registration fee, shall be charged.
Of this $25 fee, $23 shall be deposited into the Choose Life
Fund and $2 shall be deposited into the Secretary of State
Special License Plate Fund.
(d) The Choose Life Fund is created as a special fund in
the State treasury. All moneys in the Choose Life Fund shall be
distributed on a pro-rated basis at the beginning of each
fiscal year to all applying qualified non-governmental,
not-for-profit agencies whose services include counseling and
meeting the material needs of pregnant women who are planning
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to place their children for adoption. No moneys may be
distributed to organizations described in subsection (f) of
this Section. Moneys shall be distributed to the applying
qualified agencies in each county in direct proportion to the
number of "Choose Life" registrations and renewals
attributable to that county. Any unused moneys in excess of 10%
of the moneys allocated to a qualified non-profit organization
shall be returned to the Choose Life Fund at the end of the
fiscal year to be aggregated and distributed with the next
fiscal year's distributions to that county's qualified
(e) To apply to be determined a qualified agency and
receive the moneys available through the Choose Life Fund, an
organization must deliver to the Secretary a notarized
affidavit signed by a duly appointed representative of the
organization under penalties of perjury that states the
following is true and correct to the best of his or her
(1) The organization is a non-profit organization.
(2) The organization does not discriminate because of
race, marital status, gender, religion, national origin,
handicap, or age.
(3) The organization is committed to counseling
pregnant women about the option of adoption.
(4) The organization is not involved or associated with
any abortion activities, including counseling for or
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referrals to abortion clinics, providing medical
abortion-related procedures, or pro-abortion advertising.
(5) The organization does not charge women for any
(6) The organization understands and agrees that no
more than 60% of the moneys received may be used for the
material needs of pregnant women who are planning to place
their children for adoption, including, but not limited to,
clothing, housing, medical care, food, utilities, and
transportation. These moneys may also be expended on birth
mothers up to 60 days after delivery and on infants
awaiting placement with adoptive parents. Agencies that
receive these moneys shall use no more than 40% of the
moneys received to enhance their adoption efforts,
including, but not limited to counseling, training, and
(7) These moneys may not be used for administrative
expenses, legal expenses, or capital expenditures.
(8) The organization understands and agrees that any
unused moneys at the end of the fiscal year that exceed 10%
of the moneys received by the organization during the
fiscal year must be returned to the Choose Life Fund to be
aggregated and distributed with the next fiscal year
distribution to that county's qualified applicants.
(9) The organization understands and agrees that each
organization that receives funds must submit a notarized
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annual affidavit attesting the funds received were used in
the manner described in this Section.
(f) Moneys in the Choose Life Fund may not be distributed
to any organization involved or associated with any abortion
activities, including counseling for or referrals to abortion
clinics, providing medical abortion-related procedures, or
pro-abortion advertising. Funds may not be distributed to any
organization that charges women for any services received.
(g) 60% of the moneys received from the Choose Life Fund
may be used for the material needs of pregnant women who are
planning to place their children for adoption, including, but
not limited to, clothing, housing, medical care, food,
utilities, and transportation. These moneys may also be
expended on birth mothers up to 60 days after delivery and
infants awaiting placement with adoptive parents. Agencies
that receive these moneys shall use no more than 40% of the
moneys received from the Choose Life Fund to enhance their
adoption efforts, including, but not limited to counseling,
training, and advertising. These moneys may not be used for
administrative expenses, legal expenses, or capital
(h) Each organization that receives moneys from the Choose
Life Fund must submit to a notarized annual affidavit attesting
the moneys received were used in the manner described in this