102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/5/2022, by Rep. Barbara Hernandez
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Public Higher Education Act. Provides that the intent of
the Act is for the requirements of the Act to apply equally to the
governing board of each public institution of higher education in this
State. Defines "governing board of each public institution of higher
education" and "public institution of higher education". Adds provisions
requiring each public institution of higher education to make emergency
contraception available for purchase through at least one vending machine
located on each campus under its jurisdiction; defines "emergency
contraception". Sets forth minimum requirements concerning the packaging,
storage, cost, and dispensing of the emergency contraception. Effective
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Higher Education Act.
It is the intent of the General
Assembly that the requirements set forth in this Act should
apply equally to each public institution of higher education
in this State and to the governing board of each public
institution of higher education in this State.
Definitions. As used in this Act:
"Emergency contraception" means medication approved by the
federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that can
significantly reduce the risk of pregnancy if taken within 72
hours after unprotected sexual intercourse.
"Governing board of each public institution of higher
education" means the Board of Trustees of the University of
Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois
University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University,
the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the
Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of
Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees
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of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of
Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western
Illinois University, and the board of trustees of each
community college district in this State.
"Public institution of higher education" means the
University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Chicago
State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State
University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois
University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois
University, a public community college in this State, or any
other public university, college, or community college now or
hereafter established or authorized by the General Assembly.
Emergency contraception availability on
(a) The governing board of each public institution of
higher education shall make emergency contraception available
for purchase through at least one vending machine located on
each campus under its jurisdiction.
(b) A public institution of higher education shall ensure
that the emergency contraception made available through each
vending machine satisfies, at a minimum, all of the following
(1) The emergency contraception must be sold only in
the manufacturer's clearly labeled, original, unbroken,
tamper-proof, and expiration-dated packaging.
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(2) The emergency contraception may not be older than
the manufacturer's expiration date.
(3) The emergency contraception must be stored in
accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
(4) The emergency contraception must be made available
at a reduced price.
(c) A public institution of higher education shall ensure
that each vending machine has, at a minimum:
(1) an obvious and legible statement on the machine
that identifies the owner of the machine;
(2) a toll-free telephone number at which the consumer
may contact the owner of the machine; and
(3) a statement advising the consumer to check the
expiration date of the product before using the product.
This Act takes effect upon