Rep. Wehrli bill advocating for homeschooled students requiring work permits passes House
A bill sponsored by Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) unanimously passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Friday.
House Bill 1918 received 108 Yes votes and zero No votes. The bill addresses the issue of homeschooled students under the age of 16 seeking work permits.
"This was brought to me by a homeschool student who cannot get a work permit," Wehrli said. "This allows a parent to sign off as a school administrator for the purpose of work permits."
Students under the age of 16 are required to get work permits signed by school administrators, but for homeschooled students, that posed a problem.
"They don't have a school administrator," Wehrli said.
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Champaign) questioned why the Department of Labor (DOL) was opposed to the bill, which Wehrli said was because the DOL believed it could be done through administrative processes rather than through legislation.
"Nothing changes except the parent being able to sign off as a school administrator for a homeschool student," Wehrli said.