(15 ILCS 405/9.05)
Electronic benefits transfer.
(a) For the purpose of this Section, "Department" means the Department of
Human Services, "EBT" means the method of electronically
distributing financial aid
known as electronic benefits transfer, and "EBT contractor" means
an electronic benefits transfer contractor that has been engaged by the
to provide electronic benefits transfer services.
(b) There is hereby created a fund outside the State Treasury to be
known as the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund. The State Treasurer shall be
ex-officio custodian of the Fund.
(c) The Department shall inform the EBT contractor of the financial
and benefit amounts authorized by the Department to be made available for each
case on the basis of the
Department's established benefit distribution schedule under Section 11-3.1 of
the Illinois Public Aid Code. At the direction of the Department, the EBT
contractor shall process individual transactions for recipients of financial
assistance or benefits as authorized by the Department.
Department shall inform the
Comptroller of the summary information relating to the individual transactions
shall issue a voucher for the total amount so authorized and present the
voucher to the State Comptroller. The Comptroller shall then draw a warrant
for that amount to be paid into the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund. Upon
receipt of the warrant, the State Treasurer shall pay the indicated amount into
the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund.
(d) Whenever the Department directs the State Treasurer to reimburse an
electronic benefits transfer contractor under Section 11-3.1 of the Illinois
Public Aid Code after the warrant for that transaction has been drawn by the
State Comptroller, the State Treasurer shall transfer the amount of funds
directed by the Department to the electronic benefits transfer contractor from
the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund solely for the purpose of reimbursing the
contractor for financial assistance distributed to eligible individuals.
(e) The Department, the State Comptroller, and the State Treasurer shall
jointly make any
rules necessary to effectively administer this Section.
(Source: P.A. 88-412; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)