IFCA: Legislative Updates

State House Bills of Interest


IFCA
Neutral

HB 165:Amends the Illinois Renewable Fuels Development Program Act to expand ethanol blends from 10% to 15%.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:In House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Opposes

HB 3085:Labeling of GMO food products.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 4386:Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the definition of "medical examiner" shall be changed to mean an individual certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed out of House 112-0 and now moves to the Senate. Passed on of Senate Transportation committee 11-0. Passed on of the Senate 57-0. Now moves to Governor Quinn's desk.

IFCA
Opposes

HB 4465: Creates the Climate Change and Emissions Management Act. Provides that, beginning in calendar year 2016, a facility that has direct greenhouse gas emissions totalling 1,000,000 metric tons or more shall reduce its greenhouse gas emission by a specified amount. Provides that the reduction may be accomplished by applying emission offsets and emission performance credits to the facility's total annual greenhouse gas emissions or by making payments to the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund. Creates the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Held in House Environment Subcommittee for hearing.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 4479:Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Reduces the income tax rate for corporations to 3.5% for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Never moved out of Rules Committee.

IFCA
Supports

HB 4661:Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Removes provisions creating the Agrichemical Facility Response Action Program Board. Transfers certain duties of the Board to the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture or his or her authorized representative.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Never assigned to a committee.

IFCA
Supports

HB 5464:Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that an applicant under the Act who has been certified shall be required to apply for a license or pesticide dealer registration on or before October 31 of each year. Provides that failure to apply for a license or pesticide dealer registration on or before October 31 of each year shall void the certification.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passes Illinois House 108-0. Passed out of the Senate 56-0. Moves to Governor Quinn desk.

IFCA
Opposes

HB 5559:HB 5559 creates new fees for 8,000 facilites in Illinois that has any material over 10,000lbs that does a Safety Date Sheet. As the fees stand now, every ag retail location would be paying additional $450per site with a company cap of $2,500. This new money would go towards emergency response training grants but ag retailers already pay for federal hazmat registration fees to fund these programs.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Failed in the House Environmental Committee on a 7-9 vote.


State Senate Bills of Interest


IFCA
Neutral

SB 52:Amends the Illinois Renewable Fuels Development Program Act to expand ethanol blends from 10% to 15%.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Held in the Senate Ag Committee.


IFCA
Opposes

SB 1666:Labeling of GMO food products.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Held in Senate Agriculture Committee.


IFCA
Opposes

SB 3287:SB 3287 is going to make it much more challenging for IL employers, large and small to hire safety consultants and inspectors because those service providers will have dramatically higher exposure for any injury. SB 3287 will have an immediate and dramatically negative effect on retention of safety engineers, resulting in decreased workplace safety, exposing more workers to injury. Small employers especially will be adversely impacted. This is because smaller IL employers typically cannot afford a full-time safety professional on staff to address safety issues. Employers with 5-300 employees use outside consulting firms which provide expertise to help keep their business in compliance with OSHA standards and limit workers compensation exposure to employee injury.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed out of the Senate on a 35-19 vote. Passed out of the House on a 65-49 vote. Governor Quinn signed the bill.


IFCA
Opposes

SB 3565:Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that the regulation of pesticides by any political subdivision of this State, including home rule units, is specifically prohibited except for counties with a population over 2,000,000 and municipalities entirely within Cook County with a population over 50,000.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Held in Senate Ag Committee.



US House Bills of Interest


IFCA
Supports

HR 935:Amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Voted on in the House and passed on a 267 to 161. Now moves to the Senate.

IFCA
Opposes

HR 1699:Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem misbranded any food that has been genetically engineered or contains one or more genetically engineered ingredients. Would create a federal GMO labeling bill.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Waiting for a hearing in the House Subcommittee on Health.

IFCA
Supports

HR 3080:Upgrades 7 locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi River.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed by the US Senate and US House. Moves to President Obama desk for his signature.

Improving the Illinois and Mississippi system has been an Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical priority for many years. The infrastructure that gives Illinois ag input industry a competitive advantage over other states was becoming dilapidated and worn. The crumbling locks and dams system costs everyone in the agriculture industry every day in lost efficiency getting and receiving their product to the marketplace.

IFCA
Neutral

HR 4007:To recodify and reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 2. Passed on the House Floor by voice vote. Moves now to the Senate.

IFCA
Supports

HR 4432:Creates a federal standard for voluntarily labeling foods that are not genetically modified and requires additional reviews for foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, or “GMO” foods.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:In House Energy and Commerce Committee.

IFCA
Supports

HR 4457:This legislation would make permanent section 179 expensing and allow businesses to deduct up to $500,000 annually in expenses incurred buying machinery, equipment, computer software, and similar items. For the upcoming 2014 tax year, Section 179 has been restored to its original limits of $25,000 plus an adjustment for inflation.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed the US House on vote of 272 to 144. Now moves to the Senate.


US Senate Bills of Interest


IFCA
Supports

S 601:Upgrades 7 locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi River.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed by the US Senate and US House. Moves to President Obama desk for his signature.

Improving the Illinois and Mississippi system has been an Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical priority for many years. The infrastructure that gives Illinois ag input industry a competitive advantage over other states was becoming dilapidated and worn. The crumbling locks and dams system costs everyone in the agriculture industry every day in lost efficiency getting and receiving their product to the marketplace.


IFCA
Opposes

S 809:Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem misbranded any food that has been genetically engineered or contains one or more genetically engineered ingredients. Would create a federal GMO labeling bill.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


IFCA
Neutral

S 1961:Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014 - Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or each state exercising primary enforcement responsibility for public water systems to carry out a state chemical storage facility source water protection program. Requires such a program to provide for oversight and inspection of each covered chemical storage facility in accordance with minimum requirements, described in this Act, to prevent the release of chemicals into the water supply in watersheds with public water systems that rely on surface water, including a covered chemical storage facility located pursuant to a source water quality assessment (carried out upon state modification of monitoring requirements). Defines "covered chemical storage facility" as a facility at which a chemical is stored and the Administrator or state determines that a release from the facility poses a risk of harm to a public water system. Deems a state program and its requirements, for purposes of primary enforcement responsibility, to be part of the national primary drinking water regulations and requires that they be implemented and enforced in accordance with the procedures applicable to such responsibility. Authorizes the issuance of orders by the Administrator to carry out this Act. Sets forth requirements concerning: (1) liability of a facility owner or operator for costs of response actions, (2) pre-transfer inspections of facilities, and (3) information for public water systems regarding emergency response plans and chemical inventories. Authorizes an owner or operator of a public water system to commence, or to petition the Administrator to commence, a civil action for equitable relief to address possible imminent and substantial endangerment to the health of persons supplied by the water system. Provides a special rule to expedite the Administrator's response to a petition in emergency situations.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works by voice vote on April 3.