IFCA: Legislative Updates

State House Bills of Interest


IFCA
Supports

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

Status:Voted out of House Committee on Renewable Energy & Sustainability. Now heading to the House Floor.

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:Passed out of House Ag Committee. Heads to the House floor next.

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:Passed out of the House on a 113-0 vote. Moved to the Senate. Assigned to Senate Transportation Committee.

IFCA
Supports

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:Passed out of the House on a 116-0 vote. Now moves to the Senate.

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
Neutral

HB 3164:Amends the Illinois Fertilizer Act. Changes the voting membership from 9 to 13. The four new members would come from the commodity organizations.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

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:Assigned to House Environment 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:Assigned to House Revenue and Finance 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:House Agriculture and Conservation Committee passed the bill out to the floor on a 10-3 vote.


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:Passed out of the Senate on a 35-18 vote. Now in 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:Assign to Senate Environment and Convservation.


IFCA
Supports

SB 1390:Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the maximum length of a truck tractor in combination with a semitrailer may not exceed 65 feet (rather than 55 feet) overall dimension on all non-State highways. Removes the requirement that truck tractor-semitrailer combinations must have no more than a maximum 55 feet overall wheel base on Class III roadways and other non-designated State highways. Increases kingpin to rear axle length of semitrailers longer than 48 feet, in combination with a truck tractor, to 45 feet 6 inches (rather than 42 feet 6 inches) on Class III roadways and other non-designated State highways.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:In Senate Executive committee.


IFCA
Supports

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:Passed out of Senate Environment Committee on a 8-0 vote. Now moves the the Senate floor.


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:Passed out of the Senate Commerce and Economic Development on a 11-0 vote. Now moves the Senate floor.


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:Passed out of Senate Revenue on a 11-0 vote. Now moves to the Senate floor.


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.



US House Bills of Interest


IFCA
Supports

HR 594:Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015 This bill prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from: developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed rule entitled, "Definition of 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act," issued on April 21, 2014, or the proposed guidance entitled, "Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected By the Clean Water Act," dated February 17, 2012; or using the proposed rule or proposed guidance, any successor document, or any substantially similar proposed rule or guidance as the basis for any rulemaking or decision regarding the scope or enforcement of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act). The Army Corps and the EPA must withdraw the interpretive rule entitled, "Notice of Availability Regarding the Exemption from Permitting Under Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act to Certain Agricultural Conservation Practices," issued on April 21, 2014. The Army Corps and the EPA are required to consult with relevant state and local officials to develop recommendations for a regulatory proposal that would identify the scope of waters covered under the Clean Water Act and the scope of waters not covered.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

IFCA
Neutral

HR 863:Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exempt seasonal employees from the definition of "full-time employee" for purposes of the employer mandate to provide employees with minimum essential health care coverage. Defines "seasonal employee" as an employee who is employed in a position for which the customary annual employment is not more than six months and which requires performing labor or services that are ordinarily performed at certain seasons or periods of the year.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

IFCA
Supports

HR 897:Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (HR 897). The provision corrects the duplicative requirement by specifying that Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not needed for the lawful application of pesticides already regulated under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed out of House Agriculture Committee.

IFCA
Opposes

HR 913:To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that genetically engineered food and foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients be labeled.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Referred to House Energy and Commerce Committee.

IFCA
Supports

HR 1599:The bill would create a voluntary federal labeling standard, while pre-empting states from passing their own mandatory labeling laws for GMO foods.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

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

IFCA
Supports

HR 1732:H.R. 1732 Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 requires the EPA and Army Corps to withdraw the WOTUS proposal within 30 days.
(Link to Illinois General Assembly Bill Status)

Status:Passed out of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.