Full Text of HB3865 100th General Assembly
HB3865 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced , by Rep. Thomas Morrison
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
30 ILCS 105/5.878 new
Creates the Illinois District Consolidation Commission Act. Creates
the Illinois District Consolidation Commission for the purpose of
recommending what school districts in the State to consolidate, with a goal
of reducing the total number of school districts in the State by at least
60%. Requires all State agencies to assist the Commission as reasonably
necessary, and provides that the State Board of Education shall provide
administrative and other support. Sets forth requirements concerning
membership and powers. Requires the Commission to issue a report concerning
recommended consolidations by November 6, 2017. Requires the Commission to
submit proposed legislation to the General Assembly enacting the proposed
consolidations by November 6, 2017. Requires the General Assembly to vote
on the legislation. Provides that the Commission shall spend no more than
$1,000,000 on expenses. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Illinois
District Consolidation Commission Fund as a special fund in the State
treasury. Repeals the Act January 1, 2019. Contains a severability clause.
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois District Consolidation Commission Act.
As used in this Act, "Commission"
means the Illinois District Consolidation Commission created
under this Act.
Illinois District Consolidation Commission.
(a) The Illinois District Consolidation Commission is
created for the purpose of recommending what school districts
in the State to consolidate, with a goal of reducing the total
number of school districts in the State by at least 60%.
(b) All State agencies shall assist the Commission as
reasonably necessary to fulfill its goal.
(c) The State Board of Education shall provide
administrative and other support to the Commission as needed.
(a) The Commission shall consist of 9 members, to be
appointed as follows:
(1) Two individuals appointed by the Speaker of the
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House of Representatives.
(2) Two individuals appointed by the Minority Leader of
the House of Representatives.
(3) Two individuals appointed by the President of the
(4) Two individuals appointed by the Minority Leader of
(5) One individual appointed by the Governor, who shall
serve as chairperson.
(b) Initial appointments to the Commission must be
completed no later than 30 days after the effective date of
(c) Members shall serve until the completion of the
Commission's report under this Act.
(d) If a vacancy occurs, the vacancy shall be filled in the
same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of
the unexpired term.
(a) The Commission shall have the power to determine its
own rules, schedules, and agenda.
(b) The Commission shall determine the selection criteria
it uses to determine which districts will be considered
candidates for consolidation.
(c) The Commission shall not have the power to discuss or
consider the consolidation of specific schools, State-provided
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subsidies designed to encourage consolidation, or the
equalization of employee contracts among affected districts.
(a) The Commission shall first create a preliminary list of
potential school district consolidations. The Commission shall
then evaluate that list by taking testimony from interested
parties and paying visits to the affected districts.
(b) Based on the Commission's findings, the Commission
shall assemble a finalized list of districts to be
consolidated, along with a comprehensive impact report to be
submitted to the Governor and members of the General Assembly
no later than November 6, 2017.
(c) Along with the finalized list, the Commission shall
prepare a report that shall include, but is not limited to, the
(1) a comprehensive report on the impact of the
(2) policy recommendations on limiting the merger of
local bargaining units in newly combined districts; and
(3) a list of any and all financial incentives offered
by the State to school districts to consolidate, and how
much money could be saved by repealing the incentives.
Approval of recommendations.
(a) No later than November 6, 2017, the Commission shall
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submit proposed legislation to the General Assembly enacting
the proposed school district consolidations. The Legislative
Reference Bureau shall assist the Commission as needed in
creating the legislation.
(b) The General Assembly shall vote on the Commission's
proposed legislation. No amendments to the legislation, except
for grammatical or technical purposes, shall be allowed.
Illinois District Consolidation Commission
There is created the Illinois District Consolidation
Commission Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. All
reasonable and necessary expenses for the Commission shall be
payable out of the Fund. Subject to appropriation, the
Commission shall spend no more than $1,000,000 in fulfilling
its goals under this Act.
This Act is repealed on January 1, 2019.
The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.878 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.878 new)
The Illinois District Consolidation Commission
Fund. This Section is repealed January 1, 2019.
The provisions of this Act are
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severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
This Act takes effect upon