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State House Bills of Interest

IFCA
Supports
HB 4944 : Provides that beginning with the 2020 registration year, the Secretary of State shall offer to each owner of a motor vehicle of the first division or motor vehicle of the second division weighing no more than 8,000 pounds a registration period based on a one calendar year or 2 calendar year basis. Provides that the owner of the motor vehicle shall pay a one-time registration fee under the Code that shall, if applicable, be increased to reflect the registration year period chosen by the motor vehicle owner. Provides that if a vehicle issued a multi-year registration is subject to specified annual surcharges, the Secretary shall collect the surcharge for each registration year of the multi-year registration at the same time the Secretary collects the one-time registration fee
IFCA
Opposes
HB 4994 : Provides that beginning 9 months after the effective date of the Act, it shall be unlawful to apply neonicotinoid insecticides on public lands owned or maintained by this State. Provides that beginning 9 months after the effective date of the Act, it shall be unlawful to apply neonicotinoid insecticides in other outdoor residential settings, including landscaping, ornamental, or other outdoor applications in this State. Establishes exemptions to the prohibitions. Provides that the Department of Agriculture shall, within 6 months after the effective date of the Act, adopt rules to implement the Act. Provides that the Department shall, within one year after the effective date of the Act, issue a draft report evaluating whether clear, peer-reviewed, published scientific evidence exists that outdoor applications of these insecticides are safe for monarch butterflies, other pollinators, other beneficial insects, the broader environment, and human health. Provides that a person who impedes, obstructs, hinders, or otherwise prevents or attempts to prevent the Director of Agriculture in the performance of his or her official duties under the Act is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that a person using physical force against the Director in the performance of his or her official duties under the Act is guilty of a Class 4 felony
IFCA
Opposes
HB 5119 : HB5119 would allow any “persons” to appeal or intervene in lawsuits challenging decisions of state agencies. This means that any person, Illinois resident or not, can be listed as an interested party in a proceeding, a power currently afforded to the agencies and plaintiff party requesting the proceeding. The legislation currently has been refined to apply only to permitting decisions by the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Transportation, Public Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
IFCA
Supports
HB 5167 : This bill cleans up the designated highway classifications found in the Illinois Vehicle Code. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Deletes language allowing the Department of Transportation to designate streets or highways in the system of State highways as Class III highways. Provides that non-designated highways include highways that have lane widths of less than 11 feet, State highways not designated as Class I or II, and local highways which are part of any county, township, municipal, or district road system not designated as Class II. Deletes language regarding: the maximum length of vehicles on all non-State highways; and the highways that vehicles not exceeding 65 feet in overall length are allowed to access. Provides that combinations of vehicles over 65 feet in length with no overall length limitation are allowed certain access if there is no sign prohibiting access and the route is not being used as a thoroughfare between Class I or Class II highways. Provides that the maximum length limitation on non-designated highways for a truck tractor in combination with a semitrailer is 65 feet overall dimension and 60 feet overall dimension for a truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer or truck tractor semitrailer-semitrailer. Provides that length limitations do not apply on legal holidays and for a tow truck in combination with a disabled vehicle or combination of disabled vehicles. Provides that a unit of local government shall affirm to the Department if it has no Class II designated truck routes. Provides that units of local government shall report to the Department, and the Department shall post on its website, any limitations prohibiting the operation of vehicles imposed by ordinance or resolution in the unit of local government's non-designated highway system. Provides that, to be effective, an ordinance or resolution passed to designate a Class II roadway need not be signed, but shall be reported to the Department. Repeals a provision that requires local units of government to report to the Department all preferred truck routes, designated truck route networks, or whether there are no such truck routes.
IFCA
Monitoring
HB 5293 : Amends the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act. Provides that a permit for incidental taking under the Act shall not be required if a federal conservation agreement, including but not limited to, a candidate conservation agreement, habit conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement, is in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides that in making Endangered Species Protection Board appointments of naturalists, the Governor shall give consideration to recommendations of conservation groups. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, 2 members shall be landowners representing the State's largest general farm organization. Removes the exemption for notice or public hearing when the Endangered Species Protection Board automatically places a species or subspecies of an animal or plant on the Illinois endangered list after designation as endangered by the U.S. Secretary of Interior
IFCA
Opposes
SB : Provides that beginning 9 months after the effective date of the Act, it shall be unlawful to apply any neonicotinoid insecticides on any public lands owned or maintained by the State. Provides that beginning 9 months after the effective date of the Act, it shall be unlawful to apply neonicotinoid insecticides in any other outdoor residential settings, including landscaping, ornamental, or other outdoor applications in this State. Establishes exemptions to the prohibitions. Provides that the Department of Agriculture shall, within 6 months after the effective date of the Act, adopt rules further defining and implementing specified provisions of the Act. Provides that the Department shall, within one year after the effective date of this Act, issue a draft report evaluating whether clear, peer-reviewed, published scientific evidence exists that outdoor applications of these insecticides are safe for honey bees, other pollinators, other beneficial insects, the broader environment, and human health.
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 2558 : This bill allows IDOT scale operators to issue permit citations for oversize and over dimension permitted loads. It also may allow IDOT to revoke permit privileges for 1 year if a company for being in violation of permit more than 3 times in one year or if the violation of permit is the contributing cause of damage to property, injury or death, permit privileges will be revoked for 6 months. The bill have amendments that will now allow for discretion within IDOT to determine permit privileges may be revoked if found that violation of permit is the contributing cause of damage to property, injury or death in a reported accident.
IFCA
Opposes
SB 3005 : SB3005 would allow any “persons” to appeal or intervene in lawsuits challenging decisions of state agencies. This means that any person, Illinois resident or not, can be listed as an interested party in a proceeding, a power currently afforded to the agencies and plaintiff party requesting the proceeding. The legislation currently has been refined to apply only to permitting decisions by the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Transportation, Public Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 3092 : Amends the Soil Amendment Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.
IFCA
Supports
SB 4569 : This bill will allow for above ground fuel storage and dispensing of up to 12,000 gallons for commercial fleets.