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91_HB0811enr HB0811 Enrolled LRB9103541NTsb 1 AN ACT in relation to alternatives to dissection. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 5 Dissection Alternatives Act. 6 Section 5. Definitions. For the purposes of this Act, 7 unless the context otherwise requires: 8 "Student" means (i) a pupil at a public or private 9 elementary or secondary school in Illinois, (ii) a student at 10 an Illinois community college, or (iii) an undergraduate 11 student at a public or private college or university in 12 Illinois. 13 "Teacher" means a person who is teaching (i) at a public 14 or private elementary or secondary school in Illinois, (ii) 15 at an Illinois community college, or (iii) undergraduate 16 students at a public or private college or university in 17 Illinois; regardless of whether that teaching is on a 18 full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent, or regular or 19 substitute basis. 20 "Dissection" includes cutting, killing, inspecting, 21 touching, handling, preserving, mounting, or other 22 manipulation of living or dead animals or animal parts for 23 scientific study; but does not include the cutting, 24 inspecting, touching, handling, preserving, mounting, or 25 other manipulation of (1) meat or other animal products that 26 have been processed for use as food or in the preparation of 27 food or (2) wool, silk, glue, or other commercial or artistic 28 products derived from animals. 29 Section 10. Alternative student projects. A school may 30 excuse a student enrolled in a course in which students are HB0811 Enrolled -2- LRB9103541NTsb 1 ordinarily expected to perform, participate in, or observe 2 dissection who objects for any reason to performing, 3 participating in, or observing that dissection and instead 4 allow the student to complete an alternative project. The 5 alternative project should be nonpunative and should be 6 reasonably chosen to provide the student, through means other 7 than dissection, with knowledge similar to that expected to 8 be gained by other students in the course who perform, 9 participate in, or observe the dissection. In the case of a 10 student in a public elementary or secondary school, the 11 alternative project should be consistent with any guidelines 12 for alternative projects that have been adopted by the State 13 Board of Education. 14 Section 15. Guidelines for notification of students and 15 parents. The State Board of Education shall develop and make 16 available guidelines that may be used by the public 17 elementary and secondary schools within this State to give 18 appropriate notice of the following to students and their 19 parents or legal guardians: 20 (1) Which, if any, of the courses taught at the 21 school ordinarily require or allow the student to 22 perform, participate in, or observe dissection. 23 (2) Whether or not the school makes available to 24 students the opportunity to complete an alternative 25 project. 26 Section 20. Notice of enactment. 27 (a) The Board of Higher Education shall give notice of 28 the enactment of this Act in the same manner as it 29 customarily provides notice of new legislation affecting 30 institutions of higher education. 31 (b) The Illinois Community College Board shall give 32 notice of the enactment of this Act in the same manner as it HB0811 Enrolled -3- LRB9103541NTsb 1 customarily provides notice of new legislation affecting 2 community colleges. 3 Section 25. Discrimination prohibited. A student may 4 not be penalized or discriminated against in any way for 5 refusing to perform, participate in, or observe dissection. 6 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 7 becoming law and first applies to the 1999-2000 academic 8 year.
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