Bill Number/Summary

SB 75 would require school buses purchased in the future have seat belts and that all passengers wear seat belts.

HB 436/HB445 would create a Tier 3 savings plan (not pension), funded with employee/employer contributions. It also would let employees opt out of state retirement systems, thereby undercutting the systems’ funding.

HB 440 would make physical education, currently mandated by the state, completely optional for all school districts.

HB444 Would increase the education expense credit and add athletic fees, driver’s education fees to the list of “qualified education expenses,” thereby reducing available revenue for education.

HB 437/HB 449 would bar employers from making pension payment on employees’ behalf.

HB 443 would establish a statewide voucher program allowing public dollars to easily be diverted to private schools.

HB 379 calls for the study of the cost of requiring public universities to put their most popular courses online and would require the Illinois Board of Higher Education to evaluate the potential student impact of online degree plans.

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