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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Prekindergarten pilot program funding. Increases the cigarette tax by $0.04 per pack for calendar years 2013 through 2020, and requires the amount of the increase to be deposited in the prekindergarten pilot program fund. Makes conforming changes to the cigarette tax allocation percentages. Permits charter schools to participate in a prekindergarten pilot program that was authorized in 2007 but never funded. (Current law excludes charter schools from participating in the program.) Requires the department of education to begin making grants with the 2013-2014 school year. Postpones the expiration of the program from 2014 to 2021. Establishes the prekindergarten pilot program fund. Appropriates money in the fund to the department of education.