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 Bill Status of HB5493  95th General Assembly


House Sponsors
Rep. Jim Watson - William B. Black - Ron Stephens - Jil Tracy

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Deanna Demuzio)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/13/2009HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
105 ILCS 5/10-20.46 new
105 ILCS 5/34-18.37 new
110 ILCS 305/8from Ch. 144, par. 29
110 ILCS 305/40 new
110 ILCS 520/8efrom Ch. 144, par. 658e
110 ILCS 520/25 new
110 ILCS 660/5-85
110 ILCS 660/5-135 new
110 ILCS 665/10-85
110 ILCS 665/10-135 new
110 ILCS 670/15-85
110 ILCS 670/15-135 new
110 ILCS 675/20-85
110 ILCS 675/20-140 new
110 ILCS 680/25-85
110 ILCS 680/25-135 new
110 ILCS 685/30-85
110 ILCS 685/30-145 new
110 ILCS 690/35-85
110 ILCS 690/35-140 new
110 ILCS 805/3-29.3 new
30 ILCS 805/8.32 new

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code to encourage school boards to implement American Sign Language (ASL) courses into school foreign language curriculum in a manner deemed appropriate by the State Board of Education. Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities in Illinois. In provisions concerning admissions requirements, provides that ASL constitutes a foreign language for the purposes of meeting those requirements. Requires the governing board of each public university to award academic credit for the successful completion of any ASL course offered or approved by the university, which may be applied toward the satisfaction of the foreign language requirements of the university. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Provides that there is no rulemaking authority under the amendatory Act, but that the Governor or a public university may suggest rules by filing them with the General Assembly and requesting that the General Assembly authorize such rulemaking by law, enact the suggested rules into law, or take other appropriate action in the General Assembly's discretion.

House Floor Amendment No. 2
In the preamble, provides that high school graduation requirements under the School Code require students to take one year of music, art, vocational education, or a foreign language, which includes American Sign Language. In the School Code provisions, removes the requirement that the implementation of ASL courses into school foreign language curriculum be in a manner deemed appropriate by the State Board of Education.

DateChamber Action
  2/14/2008HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Jim Watson
  2/14/2008HouseFirst Reading
  2/14/2008HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/25/2008HouseAssigned to Higher Education Committee
  2/26/2008HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. William B. Black
  2/28/2008HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Jil Tracy
  3/5/2008HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Higher Education Committee
  3/5/2008HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Higher Education Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/5/2008HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Higher Education Committee; 012-000-000
  3/6/2008HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/7/2008HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Ron Stephens
  4/7/2008HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jil Tracy
  4/7/2008HouseRemoved Co-Sponsor Rep. Jil Tracy
  4/8/2008HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. William B. Black
  4/8/2008HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/14/2008HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-000-000
  4/16/2008HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/16/2008HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted by Voice Vote
  4/16/2008HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/18/2008HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 9, 2008
  5/8/2008HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 109-000-000
  5/8/2008SenateArrive in Senate
  5/8/2008SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading May 13, 2008
  5/9/2008SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Deanna Demuzio
  5/13/2008SenateFirst Reading
  5/13/2008SenateReferred to Rules
  5/15/2008SenateRule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As May 22, 2008; Substantive House Bills Out of Committee
  1/13/2009HouseSession Sine Die

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