05302019CW0271 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez’s legislation that would use Lottery revenue to fund grants STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs in low-income schools and Alzheimer’s care, support, education and awareness programs is now law.

“Studies show that almost all future jobs will relate in some way to the skills learned in STEAM programs,” Martinez said. “Children in low-income schools must not be left behind. This measure will help make sure all children in our state have equal access to education in these vital areas.”

The measure would require the Department of the Lottery to offer two special instant scratch-off games:

• one for the benefit of grants for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to fund grants to low-income schools and;
• one for the benefit of grants for Alzheimer’s care, support, education and awareness programs.

Both games will run for only one year, from Jan. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 1669 is effective immediately.

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