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Full Text of HB2988  97th General Assembly

HB2988 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  

 


 
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
HB2988

 

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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FISCAL NOTE ACT MAY APPLY

 

 

A BILL FOR

 

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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
5Section 5.786 as follows:
 
6    (30 ILCS 105/5.786 new)
7    Sec. 5.786. The Choose Life Fund.
 
8    Section 10. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by adding
9Section 3-696 as follows:
 
10    (625 ILCS 5/3-696 new)
11    Sec. 3-696. Choose Life license plates.
12    (a) The Secretary, upon receipt of an application made in
13the form prescribed by the Secretary, may issue special
14registration plates designated as Choose Life license plates to
15any person who wishes to demonstrate support of organizations
16that encourage adoption as a positive choice for women with
17unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. The special plates issued
18under this Section shall be affixed only to passenger vehicles
19of the first division and motor vehicles of the second division
20weighing not more than 8,000 pounds. Plates issued under this
21Section shall expire according to the multi-year procedure

 

 

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1established by Section 3-414.1 of this Code.
2    (b) The Secretary shall confer with Illinois Choose Life,
3Inc. of Illinois regarding the design, color, and format of the
4plates, which shall carry the words "Choose Life".
5    The Secretary may also allow the plates to be issued as
6vanity plates or personalized plates under Section 3-405.1 of
7this Code. The Secretary shall prescribe stickers or decals as
8provided under Section 3-412 of this Code.
9    (c) An applicant for the special plates shall be charged a
10$25 fee for original issuance in addition to the appropriate
11registration fee. Of this $25 fee, $10 shall be deposited into
12the Choose Life Fund and $15 shall be deposited into the
13Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund, to be used by
14the Secretary to help defray the administrative processing
15costs.
16    For each registration renewal period, a $25 fee, in
17addition to the appropriate registration fee, shall be charged.
18Of this $25 fee, $23 shall be deposited into the Choose Life
19Fund and $2 shall be deposited into the Secretary of State
20Special License Plate Fund.
21    (d) The Choose Life Fund is created as a special fund in
22the State treasury. All moneys in the Choose Life Fund shall be
23distributed on a pro-rated basis at the beginning of each
24fiscal year to all applying qualified non-governmental,
25not-for-profit agencies whose services include counseling and
26meeting the material needs of pregnant women who are planning

 

 

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1to place their children for adoption. No moneys may be
2distributed to organizations described in subsection (f) of
3this Section. Moneys shall be distributed to the applying
4qualified agencies in each county in direct proportion to the
5number of "Choose Life" registrations and renewals
6attributable to that county. Any unused moneys in excess of 10%
7of the moneys allocated to a qualified non-profit organization
8shall be returned to the Choose Life Fund at the end of the
9fiscal year to be aggregated and distributed with the next
10fiscal year's distributions to that county's qualified
11agencies.
12    (e) To apply to be determined a qualified agency and
13receive the moneys available through the Choose Life Fund, an
14organization must deliver to the Secretary a notarized
15affidavit signed by a duly appointed representative of the
16organization under penalties of perjury that states the
17following is true and correct to the best of his or her
18knowledge:
19        (1) The organization is a non-profit organization.
20        (2) The organization does not discriminate because of
21    race, marital status, gender, religion, national origin,
22    handicap, or age.
23        (3) The organization is committed to counseling
24    pregnant women about the option of adoption.
25        (4) The organization is not involved or associated with
26    any abortion activities, including counseling for or

 

 

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1    referrals to abortion clinics, providing medical
2    abortion-related procedures, or pro-abortion advertising.
3        (5) The organization does not charge women for any
4    services received.
5        (6) The organization understands and agrees that no
6    more than 60% of the moneys received may be used for the
7    material needs of pregnant women who are planning to place
8    their children for adoption, including, but not limited to,
9    clothing, housing, medical care, food, utilities, and
10    transportation. These moneys may also be expended on birth
11    mothers up to 60 days after delivery and on infants
12    awaiting placement with adoptive parents. Agencies that
13    receive these moneys shall use no more than 40% of the
14    moneys received to enhance their adoption efforts,
15    including, but not limited to counseling, training, and
16    advertising.
17        (7) These moneys may not be used for administrative
18    expenses, legal expenses, or capital expenditures.
19        (8) The organization understands and agrees that any
20    unused moneys at the end of the fiscal year that exceed 10%
21    of the moneys received by the organization during the
22    fiscal year must be returned to the Choose Life Fund to be
23    aggregated and distributed with the next fiscal year
24    distribution to that county's qualified applicants.
25        (9) The organization understands and agrees that each
26    organization that receives funds must submit a notarized

 

 

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1    annual affidavit attesting the funds received were used in
2    the manner described in this Section.
3    (f) Moneys in the Choose Life Fund may not be distributed
4to any organization involved or associated with any abortion
5activities, including counseling for or referrals to abortion
6clinics, providing medical abortion-related procedures, or
7pro-abortion advertising. Funds may not be distributed to any
8organization that charges women for any services received.
9    (g) 60% of the moneys received from the Choose Life Fund
10may be used for the material needs of pregnant women who are
11planning to place their children for adoption, including, but
12not limited to, clothing, housing, medical care, food,
13utilities, and transportation. These moneys may also be
14expended on birth mothers up to 60 days after delivery and
15infants awaiting placement with adoptive parents. Agencies
16that receive these moneys shall use no more than 40% of the
17moneys received from the Choose Life Fund to enhance their
18adoption efforts, including, but not limited to counseling,
19training, and advertising. These moneys may not be used for
20administrative expenses, legal expenses, or capital
21expenditures.
22    (h) Each organization that receives moneys from the Choose
23Life Fund must submit to a notarized annual affidavit attesting
24the moneys received were used in the manner described in this
25Section.