IFCA: Legislative Updates

State House Bills of Interest


IFCA
Neutral

HB 1445:Changes the definition of biosoilds. We are watching this bill
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Assigned to House Committee on Renewable Energy & Sustainability.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 1524:Allows highway commissioners to prohibit operation of trucks or other commercial vehicles, or impose weight limitations on those vehicles, on designated highways after conducting a public hearing and approving a resolution. Provides that if written notice requesting a road not be posted at a permanently reduced weight is signed by 3 persons owning land in that road district and is given to the highway commissioner who fails to change or evaluate a permanently reduced weight limit, the 3 landowners may petition the county superintendent of highways.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:In House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 2487:Amends the Illinois Seed Law. Provides that seed libraries shall be exempt from all licensing, testing, labeling, and other requirements of the Act.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:In House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 2515:Defines "gross combination weight rating" (GCWR). Provides that the GCWR of the power unit will not be used to define a commercial motor vehicle when the power unit is not towing another vehicle. Makes conforming changes regarding the definition of GCWR. Provides for the collection of a $10 surcharge for vehicles in the 12,000 lbs. and less flat weight plate category to identify those vehicles as covered farm vehicles. Makes it a serious traffic violation to drive a commercial motor vehicle on a highway with a commercial driver instruction permit, but unaccompanied by the holder of a valid commercial driver's license. Exempts persons operating a covered farm vehicle, as defined under the Illinois Vehicle Code, from requirement to have a commercial driver's license or requirement to submit a medical examiner's certificate for operation of a commercial motor vehicle in non-excepted interstate commerce.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Rules Committee.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 2580:Amends the Illinois Highway Code and the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that highway commissioners may not permanently close, vacate, or reduce the weight limit on any road or portion thereof without the written approval of the county superintendent of highways and the elected board associated with that road district.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 3140:Provides that the tax on ethanol applies to 100% of the proceeds of sales made on or after the effective date (currently, the tax applies to 80% of the proceeds of sales made before December 31, 2018 and 100% of the proceeds of sales made thereafter).
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Opposes

HB 3427:Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that no person, other than a pesticide applicator licensed under this Act, may apply pesticide within any building or on the grounds of any school, other than a regional agricultural science and technology education center. Provides that no person shall apply a lawn care pesticide on the grounds of any public or private preschool or public or private school with students in grade 12 or lower, except that an emergency application of a lawn care pesticide may be made to eliminate a threat to human health.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Neutral

HB 3521:Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that motor fuel is exempt from taxation under those Acts. Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Provides that the rate of tax under that Act shall be (i) 36 cents per gallon for diesel (currently 21.5 cents per gallon) and 35 cents per gallon for other motor fuel (currently, 19 cents per gallon). Provides that certain amounts shall be transferred from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund to the General Revenue Fund.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.

IFCA
Supports

HB 3815:Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Moves commercial applicator licensed from one year to three years.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.


State Senate Bills of Interest


IFCA
Neutral

SB 11:Amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2015 and increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2019, at which point the minimum wage will be $11.00. Provides that the establishment of a minimum wage that employers must pay their employees is an exclusive power and function of the State and is a denial and limitation of the home rule powers and functions, except that the limitation on home rule powers does not apply to a specified ordinance adopted by the City Council of City of Chicago. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer than 50 employees, calculated based on the increase in the minimum wage.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Rules Committee.


IFCA
Neutral

SB 125:Amends the Illinois Fertilizer Act of 1961. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Senate Assignments.


IFCA
Opposes

SB 734:Would create an GMO labeling requirement for the state of Illinois
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:In assignments committee right now.


IFCA
Neutral

SB 1508:Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that "pollution control waste", "sludge", and "waste" do not include exceptional quality biosolids. Defines "exceptional quality biosolids".
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Senate Assignments.


IFCA
Neutral

SB 1626:Amends the Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act. Makes changes to the requirements of lawn markers. Makes changes to the requirements for notification of persons before the application of lawn products.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Senate Assignments.


IFCA
Neutral

SB 1731:Amends the Illinois Fertilizer Act of 1961.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Senate Assignments.


IFCA
Neutral

SB 1907:Amends the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Provides that the tax imposed on the privilege of operating motor vehicles that use liquefied natural gas or propane is 21.5 cents per gallon. Provides that the tax imposed on compressed natural gas is 19 cents per gallon. Provides that, in the case of liquefied natural gas and propane, "gallon" means a diesel gallon equivalent. Amends the Weights and Measures Act. Provides that liquefied natural gas used as motor fuel shall be sold in diesel gallon equivalents, and compressed natural gas shall be sold in gasoline gallon equivalents. Provides that propane used as motor fuel shall be sold in actual measured gallon volumetric units, subject to adjustment for the purposes of determining the diesel gallon equivalents that are subject to the tax rates under the Motor Fuel Tax Law. Amends the Environmental Impact Fee Law. Provides that no fee is imposed on the importation or receipt of liquefied natural gas (i) sold to or used by a rail carrier or (ii) consumed or used in the operation of ships, barges, or vessels that are used primarily in or for the transportation of property in interstate commerce for hire on rivers bordering Illinois if the natural gas is delivered to the ship, barge, or vessel by a licensed receiver.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Senate Assignments.


IFCA
Neutral

SB 1948:Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, on or after July 1, 2015 and on or before December 31, 2018, the taxes imposed under the Acts apply to 90% of the proceeds of sales of gasohol and 80% of the proceeds of sales of mid-range ethanol blends. Amends the Illinois Renewable Fuels Development Program Act. Provides that grants may be awarded for the following programs: a next generation renewable fuels program, a majority blended ethanol and blender pump infrastructure program, and a research and development program for sustainable corn production and corn-based renewable fuel production. Sets forth the maximum aggregate amount of grants that may be awarded under each program.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to Senate Assignments.