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91st General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT to amend  the  Illinois  Vehicle  Code  by  adding
 2    Section 12-816.

 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section 5.  The  Illinois  Vehicle  Code  is  amended  by
 6    adding Section 12-816 as follows:

 7        (625 ILCS 5/12-816 new)
 8        Sec.   12-816.   Bus  driver  complaints;  reporting  and
 9    investigation.
10        (a)  Any school bus operating in the State  of  Illinois,
11    as defined in Section 1-182 of this Act, shall display a toll
12    free  number,  which  may be contacted to report the improper
13    operation of a school bus. The  toll  free  number  shall  be
14    conspicuously displayed on the exterior of every school bus.
15        (b)  The  Secretary  of  State, subject to appropriation,
16    shall adopt rules establishing a toll free number that may be
17    contacted to report the improper operation of a  school  bus.
18    In addition, the Secretary of State shall establish by rule a
19    procedure for response to these reports and a procedure under
20    which  the  reports  are  forwarded  to  the  appropriate law
21    enforcement and school officials within a  reasonable  period
22    of time.
23        (c)  There   shall   be  established  in  the  Office  of
24    Secretary of State,  subject  to  appropriation,  a  division
25    exclusively dedicated to handling receipt, investigation, and
26    follow  up  of  all  complaints related to this Section. This
27    division shall also be  responsible  for  all  administrative
28    hearings  that  occur  as  result  of  action  taken  by  the
29    Secretary  in  conjunction  with  the  rules  provided for in
30    subsection (b) of this Section.
31        (d)  The School Bus Toll-Free Hotline Fund is created  as
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 1    a special fund in the State treasury.  The moneys in the fund
 2    shall come from appropriations.  All moneys in the School Bus
 3    Toll  Free  Hotline  Fund shall, subject to appropriation, be
 4    used to implement the activities required under this Section.

 5        Section 10.  The State Finance Act is amended  by  adding
 6    Section 5.541 as follows:

 7        (30 ILCS 105/5.541 new)
 8        Sec. 5.541.  The School Bus Toll Free Hotline Fund.

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