91st General Assembly
Summary of HB4270
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Short description: 
ELIMINATE DIGITAL DIVIDE ACT                                               

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates  the  Eliminate  the  Digital  Divide  Act.   Contains  a      
   statement of legislative findings and purposes.                             
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          105 ILCS 5/2-3.131 new                                               
          105 ILCS 5/2-3.132 new                                               
          110 ILCS 805/2-20 new                                                
          110 ILCS 947/35.5 new                                                
        Deletes everything. Creates the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act.      
   Provides that the Department of Commerce and Community  Affairs  shall      
   administer  the  Digital  Divide  Bridge Grant Program under which the      
   Department shall make grants to community-based organizations for  the      
   purchase  of  telecommunications  services,  other  special  services,      
   computer  equipment,  software, and maintenance for computer equipment      
   and software, where the purchases are directly related to  educational      
   and  workforce  preparation  programs.   Provides  that the Department      
   establish and administer the  Statewide  Community  Technology  Center      
   Network  to  assist in local and regional planning.  Provides that the      
   Department shall administer  the  Community  Technology  Center  Grant      
   Program  under  which  the  Department shall make grants for planning,      
   establishment, administration, and expansion of  Community  Technology      
   Centers.  Provides that  the purposes of the grants shall include, but      
   not   be   limited   to,   volunteer   recruitment   and   management,      
   infrastructure,  and  related  goods  and   services   for   Community      
   Technology  Centers.  Contains provisions regarding grant eligibility,      
   qualifications,    limitations,    applications,    matching    funds,      
   administration, and other matters.  Amends the School Code.   Requires      
   the  State  Board  of  Education  to create a program to refurbish and      
   upgrade donated  computers  as  high  quality  computers  for  use  by      
   children  in  schools,  park district programs, and community centers.      
   Provides that the State Board of Education shall create and administer      
   an e-training/technology program to train elementary and  high  school      
   teachers  in  specified school districts using 2 courses, Introduction      
   to Computers and Introduction to  the  Internet.   Amends  the  Public      
   Community  College  Act.  Provides that the Illinois Community College      
   Board shall create and administer  a  pilot  program  in  3  community      
   colleges  under  which  an  introductory  course  in computers and the      
   Internet shall be offered and students who complete the  course  shall      
   be   eligible   to  purchase  computer  hardware  and  software  at  a      
   discounted, affordable price.  Amends  the  Higher  Education  Student      
   Assistance Act. Requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to      
   award  grants  to  Monetary  Award  Program  grant  recipients under a      
   program to increase the availability of computers to financially needy      
   students through State assistance. Repeals the provisions amending the      
   Higher Education Student Assistance Act on  July  1,  2002.  Effective      
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (State Board of Education)                       
          In the Computers for Children Program, up to $1,000,000 in           
          grants is authorized for computer equipment, software, sup-          
          plies, and storage and would also cover equipment transporta-        
          tion costs. SBE would need an additional $100,000 for program        
          administration costs. In the E-Training/Technology Program, up       
          to $1,000,000 is authorized for E-Training for elementary and        
          secondary teachers, to be administered through grants. Here          
          also, SBE would need an additional $100,000 for program admin-       
          istration costs. In the Pilot Program in three community             
          colleges, up to $500,000 is authorized, of which, $400,000           
          is to be distributed through grants. SBE would use $100,000          
          for the administration of the Pilot Program.                         
          STATE MANDATES NOTE, H-AM 1 (State Board of Education)               
          Same as SBE fiscal note, H-am 1.                                     
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: 01-01-09

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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