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Full Text of HB0165  99th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act is
5amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 20/5)
7    Sec. 5. Student prayer. For purpose of this Section,
8"noninstructional time" means time set aside by a school before
9actual classroom instruction begins or after actual classroom
10instruction ends. In order that the right of every student to
11the free exercise of religion is guaranteed within the public
12schools and that each student has the freedom to not be subject
13to pressure from the State either to engage in or to refrain
14from religious observation on public school grounds, students
15in the public schools may, during the school day, during
16noninstructional time, voluntarily engage in individually or
17collectively initiated, non-disruptive prayer or
18religious-based meetings, including without limitation prayer
19groups, B I B L E (Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth)
20clubs, or "meet at the flagpole for prayer" days, that,
21consistent with the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of
22the United States and Illinois Constitutions, are is not
23sponsored, promoted, or endorsed in any manner by the school or



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1any school employee.
2(Source: P.A. 92-832, eff. 1-1-03.)
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.