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Full Text of SB1641  101st General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning public aid.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by
5changing Section 12-4.13b and adding Section 12-4.13c as
7    (305 ILCS 5/12-4.13b)
8    Sec. 12-4.13b. College student eligibility for
9supplemental nutrition assistance benefits.
10    (a) For the purposes of Section 273.5(b)(11)(ii) of Title 7
11of the Code of Federal Regulations, a career and technical an
12educational program offered at a community college and approved
13by the Illinois Community College Board under the Carl D.
14Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006
15(Public Law 109-270) that could be a component of a SNAP
16Employment and Training (E&T) program, as identified by the
17Department of Human Services, shall be considered an employment
18and training program under Section 273.7 of Title 7 of the Code
19of Federal Regulations, unless prohibited by federal law.
20    (b) The Department of Human Services, in consultation with
21representatives of the Illinois Community College Board, the
22Illinois Student Assistance Commission ISAC, the Illinois
23Workforce Innovation Board Investment Board, and advocates for



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1students and SNAP recipients, shall establish a protocol to
2identify and verify all potential exemptions to the eligibility
3rule described in Section 273.5(a) of Title 7 of the Code of
4Federal Regulations, and to identify and verify a student's
5participation in educational programs, including, but not
6limited to, self-initiated placements, that would exempt a
7student from the eligibility rule described in Section 273.5(a)
8of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations. To the extent
9possible, this consultation shall take place through existing
10workgroups convened by the Department of Human Services.
11    (c) If the United States Department of Agriculture requires
12federal approval of the exemption designation established
13pursuant to subsection (a) and the protocol established
14pursuant to subsection (b), the Department of Human Services
15shall seek and obtain that approval before publishing the
16guidance or regulation required by subsection (e).
17    (d)(1) This Section does not require the Department of
18Human Services to offer a particular component, support
19services, or workers' compensation to a college student found
20eligible for an exemption pursuant to this Section.
21    (2) This Section does not restrict or require the use of
22federal funds for the financing of SNAP E&T programs.
23    (3) This Section does not require an institution of higher
24education to verify eligibility for SNAP.
25    (e) The Department of Human Services shall adopt any rules
26necessary to implement the provisions of subsections (a), (b),



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1(c), and (d).
2(Source: P.A. 100-620, eff. 7-20-18.)
3    (305 ILCS 5/12-4.13c new)
4    Sec. 12-4.13c. SNAP eligibility notification; college
6    (a) To complement student financial assistance programs
7and to enhance their effectiveness by more fully addressing the
8costs of attendance for students with financial needs, the
9Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) shall identify
10and flag college students who are potentially eligible to
11receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
12benefits. The factors to be used to determine potential SNAP
13eligibility shall be prescribed by ISAC in consultation with
14the Department of Human Services, but at a minimum shall
15include income information reported on a college student's Free
16Application for Federal Student Aid. ISAC, in consultation with
17the Department of Human Services, shall develop a notice that
18ISAC shall make available electronically to institutions of
19higher education that includes, at a minimum, college student
20SNAP eligibility criteria, the Application for Benefits
21Eligibility's website address, and the Illinois Hunger
22Coalition's Hunger Hotline.
23    (b) Illinois institutions of higher education that
24participate in the Monetary Award Program shall provide the
25notice described in subsection (a) in writing to all students



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1who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment and are identified
2by ISAC as potentially SNAP eligible and, if possible, may
3designate a public benefits liaison or single point person to
4assist students in taking the necessary steps to obtain public
5benefits if eligible.
6    (c) ISAC shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the
7provisions of this Section on or before October 1, 2020.
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.