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Public Act 097-0740





Public Act 097-0740
SB3689 EnrolledLRB097 18899 AMC 64137 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Lottery Law is amended by changing
Section 21.6 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 1605/21.6)
    Sec. 21.6. Scratch-off for Illinois veterans.
    (a) The Department shall offer a special instant
scratch-off game for the benefit of Illinois veterans. The game
shall commence on January 1, 2006 or as soon thereafter, at the
discretion of the Superintendent, as is reasonably practical.
The operation of the game shall be governed by this Act and any
rules adopted by the Department. If any provision of this
Section is inconsistent with any other provision of this Act,
then this Section governs.
    (b) The Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund is created as a
special fund in the State treasury. The net revenue from the
Illinois veterans scratch-off game shall be deposited into the
Fund for appropriation by the General Assembly solely to the
Department of Veterans Affairs for making grants, funding
additional services, or conducting additional research
projects relating to each of the following:
        (i) veterans' post traumatic stress disorder;
        (ii) veterans' homelessness;
        (iii) the health insurance costs of veterans;
        (iv) veterans' disability benefits, including but not
    limited to, disability benefits provided by veterans
    service organizations and veterans assistance commissions
    or centers; and
        (v) the long-term care of veterans; provided that,
    beginning with moneys appropriated for fiscal year 2008, no
    more than 20% of such moneys shall be used for health
    insurance costs; and .
        (vi) veteran employment and employment training.
    In order to expend moneys from this special fund, beginning
with moneys appropriated for fiscal year 2008, the Director of
Veterans' Affairs shall appoint a 3-member funding
authorization committee. The Superintendent shall designate
one of the members as chairperson. The committee shall meet on
a quarterly basis, at a minimum, and shall authorize
expenditure of moneys from the special fund by a two-thirds
vote. Decisions of the committee shall not take effect unless
and until approved by the Director of Veterans' Affairs. Each
member of the committee shall serve until a replacement is
named by the Director of Veterans' Affairs. One member of the
committee shall be a member of the Veterans' Advisory Council.
    Moneys collected from the special instant scratch-off game
shall be used only as a supplemental financial resource and
shall not supplant existing moneys that the Department of
Veterans Affairs may currently expend for the purposes set
forth in items (i) through (v).
    Moneys received for the purposes of this Section,
including, without limitation, net revenue from the special
instant scratch-off game and from gifts, grants, and awards
from any public or private entity, must be deposited into the
Fund. Any interest earned on moneys in the Fund must be
deposited into the Fund.
    For purposes of this subsection, "net revenue" means the
total amount for which tickets have been sold less the sum of
the amount paid out in the prizes and the actual administrative
expenses of the Department solely related to the scratch-off
game under this Section.
    (c) During the time that tickets are sold for the Illinois
veterans scratch-off game, the Department shall not
unreasonably diminish the efforts devoted to marketing any
other instant scratch-off lottery game.
    (d) The Department may adopt any rules necessary to
implement and administer the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-464, eff. 10-15-11.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/5/2012