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Full Text of HB5689  97th General Assembly


Sen. Don Harmon

Filed: 4/20/2012





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5689 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
522-75 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/22-75 new)
7    Sec. 22-75. The Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force.
8    (a) There is hereby created the Eradicate Domestic Violence
9Task Force. The Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force shall
10develop a statewide effective and feasible prevention course
11for high school students designed to prevent interpersonal,
12adolescent violence based on the Step Back Program for boys and
13girls. The Clerk of the Circuit Court in the First Judicial
14District shall provide administrative staff and support to the
15task force.
16    (b) The Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force shall do the



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2        (1) Conduct meetings to evaluate the effectiveness and
3    feasibility of statewide implementation of the curricula
4    of the Step Back Program at Oak Park and River Forest High
5    School, located in Cook County, Illinois, for the
6    prevention of domestic violence.
7        (2) Invite the testimony of and confer with experts on
8    relevant topics as needed.
9        (3) Propose content for integration into school
10    curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence.
11        (4) Propose a method of training facilitators on the
12    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence.
13        (5) Propose partnerships with anti-violence agencies
14    to assist with the facilitator roles and the nature of the
15    partnerships.
16        (6) Evaluate the approximate cost per school or school
17    district to implement and maintain school curricula aimed
18    at preventing domestic violence.
19        (7) Propose a funding source or sources to support
20    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence and
21    agencies that provide training to the facilitators, such as
22    a fee to be charged in domestic violence, sexual assault,
23    and related cases to be collected by the clerk of the court
24    for deposit into a special fund in the State treasury and
25    to be used to fund a proposed eradicate domestic violence
26    program in the schools of this State.



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1        (8) Propose an evaluation structure to ensure that the
2    school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence is
3    effectively taught by trained facilitators.
4        (9) Propose a method of evaluation for the purpose of
5    modifying the content of the curriculum over time,
6    including whether studies of the program should be
7    conducted by the University of Illinois' Interpersonal
8    Violence Prevention Information Center.
9        (10) Recommend legislation developed by the task
10    force, such as amending Sections 27-5 through 27-13.3 and
11    27-23.4 of this Code, and legislation to create a fee to be
12    charged in domestic violence, sexual assault, and related
13    cases to be collected by the clerk of court for deposit
14    into a special fund in the State treasury and to be used to
15    fund a proposed eradicate domestic violence program in the
16    schools of this State.
17        (11) Produce a report of the task force's findings on
18    best practices and policies, which shall include a plan
19    with a phased and prioritized implementation timetable for
20    implementation of school curricula aimed at preventing
21    domestic violence in schools. The task force shall submit a
22    report to the General Assembly on or before April 1, 2013
23    on its findings, recommendations, and implementation plan.
24    Any task force reports must be published on the State Board
25    of Education's Internet website on the date the report is
26    delivered to the General Assembly.



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1    (c) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
2House of Representatives shall each appoint one co-chairperson
3of the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force. The Minority
4Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the House of
5Representatives shall each appoint one member to the task
6force. In addition, the task force shall be comprised of the
7following members appointed by the State Board of Education and
8shall be representative of the geographic, racial, and ethnic
9diversity of this State:
10        (1) Four representatives involved with a program for
11    high school students at a high school that is located in a
12    municipality with a population of 2,000,000 or more and the
13    program is a daily, 6-week to 9-week, 45-session,
14    gender-specific, primary prevention course designed to
15    raise awareness of topics such as dating and domestic
16    violence, any systematic conduct that causes measurable
17    physical harm or emotional distress, sexual assault,
18    digital abuse, self-defense, and suicide.
19        (2) A representative of an interpersonal violence
20    prevention program within a State university.
21        (3) A representative of a statewide nonprofit,
22    nongovernmental, domestic violence organization.
23        (4) A representative of a different nonprofit,
24    nongovernmental domestic violence organization that is
25    located in a municipality with a population of 2,000,000 or
26    more.



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1        (5) A representative of a statewide nonprofit,
2    nongovernmental, sexual assault organization.
3        (6) A representative of a different nonprofit,
4    nongovernmental, sexual assault organization based in a
5    county with a population of 3,000,000 or more.
6        (7) The State Superintendent of Education or his or her
7    designee.
8        (8) The Chief Executive Officer of City of Chicago
9    School District 299 or his or her designee or the President
10    of the Chicago Board of Education or his or her designee.
11        (9) A representative of the Department of Human
12    Services.
13        (10) A representative of a statewide, nonprofit
14    professional organization representing law enforcement
15    executives.
16        (11) A representative of the Chicago Police
17    Department, Youth Services Division.
18        (12) The Clerk of the Circuit Court in the First
19    Judicial District or his or her designee.
20        (13) A representative of a statewide professional
21    teachers organization.
22        (14) A representative of a different statewide
23    professional teachers organization.
24        (15) A representative of a professional teachers
25    organization in a city having a population exceeding
26    500,000.



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1        (16) A representative of an organization representing
2    principals.
3        (17) A representative of an organization representing
4    school administrators.
5        (18) A representative of an organization representing
6    school boards.
7        (19) A representative of an organization representing
8    school business officials.
9        (20) A representative of an organization representing
10    large unit school districts.
11    (d) The following underlying purposes should be liberally
12construed by the task force convened under this Section:
13        (1) Recognize that, according to the Centers for
14    Disease Control and Prevention, National Intimate Partner
15    and Sexual Violence Survey, December 2010 Summary Report,
16    on average 24 people per minute are victims of rape,
17    physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in
18    the United States, equaling more than 12 million women and
19    men.
20        (2) Recognize that abused children and children
21    exposed to domestic violence in their homes may have short
22    and long-term physical, emotional, and learning problems,
23    including increased aggression, decreased responsiveness
24    to adults, failure to thrive, posttraumatic stress
25    disorder, depression, anxiety, hyper vigilance and
26    hyperactivity, eating and sleeping problems, and



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1    developmental delays, according to the Journal of
2    Interpersonal Violence and the Futures Without Violence
3    organization.
4        (3) Recognize that the Illinois Violence Prevention
5    Authority has found that children exposed to violence in
6    the media may become numb to the horror of violence, may
7    gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems, may
8    imitate the violence they see, and may identify with
9    certain characters, victims, or victimizers.
10        (4) Recognize that crimes and the incarceration of
11    youth are often associated with a history of child abuse
12    and exposure to domestic violence, according to Futures
13    Without Violence.
14        (5) Recognize that the cost of prosecuting crime in
15    this State is unnecessarily high due to a lack of
16    prevention programs designed to eradicate domestic
17    violence.
18        (6) Recognize that sexual violence, stalking, and
19    intimate partner violence are serious and widespread
20    public health problems for children and adults in this
21    State.
22        (7) Recognize that intervention programs aimed at
23    preventing domestic violence may yield better results than
24    programs aimed at treating the victims of domestic
25    violence, because treatment programs may reduce the
26    likelihood that a particular woman will be re-victimized,



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1    but might not otherwise reduce the overall amount of
2    domestic violence.
3        (8) Recognize that uniform, effective, feasible, and
4    widespread prevention of sexual violence and intimate
5    partner violence is a high priority in this State.
6        (9) Recognize that the Step Back Program at Oak Park
7    and River Forest High School in Cook County, Illinois, is a
8    daily, 6 to 9 week, 45-session, gender-specific, primary
9    prevention course for high school students designed to
10    raise awareness of topics, including dating and domestic
11    violence, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, digital
12    abuse, self-defense, and suicide. The Step Back Program is
13    co-facilitated by the high school and a nonprofit,
14    nongovernmental domestic violence prevention specialist
15    and service provider.
16        (10) Develop a statewide effective prevention course
17    for high school students based on the Step Back Program for
18    boys and girls designed to prevent interpersonal,
19    adolescent violence.
20    (e) Members of the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force
21shall receive no compensation for their participation, but may
22be reimbursed by the State Board of Education for expenses in
23connection with their participation, including travel, if
24funds are available.
25    (f) Nothing in this Section or in the prevention course is
26intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression



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1or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views
2protected under the First Amendment to the United States
3Constitution or under Section 3 or 4 of Article 1 of the
4Illinois Constitution.
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.".