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Public Act 099-0410





Public Act 099-0410
HB0165 EnrolledLRB099 00228 NHT 20232 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act is
amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 20/5)
    Sec. 5. Student prayer. For purpose of this Section,
"noninstructional time" means time set aside by a school before
actual classroom instruction begins or after actual classroom
instruction ends. In order that the right of every student to
the free exercise of religion is guaranteed within the public
schools and that each student has the freedom to not be subject
to pressure from the State either to engage in or to refrain
from religious observation on public school grounds, students
in the public schools may, during the school day, during
noninstructional time, voluntarily engage in individually or
collectively initiated, non-disruptive prayer or
religious-based meetings, including without limitation prayer
groups, B I B L E (Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth)
clubs, or "meet at the flagpole for prayer" days, that,
consistent with the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of
the United States and Illinois Constitutions, are is not
sponsored, promoted, or endorsed in any manner by the school or
any school employee.
(Source: P.A. 92-832, eff. 1-1-03.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/20/2015