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Bill:  HB 497
Sponsor:
  Rep. Costello
Status:
 House Revenue 
Position:
  Support  
Description:  
Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the exemption for coal and aggregate exploration, mining, off-highway hauling, processing, maintenance, and reclamation equipment is exempt from the Acts’ automatic sunset provisions.

Bill:  HB 1438 
Sponsor:
  Rep. Stratton 
Status:
 House Environment
Position:
  Oppose  
Description:
The bill as amended would require that Illinois laws and regulations remain as strict as federal laws that were in place on January 1, 2017. Further, it would allow for a public interest enforcement process that allows a member of the public to sue if state standards fall below federal standards that were in place on January 1, 2017. This is an attempt to prevent any rollback of federal environmental regulations by the Trump Administration from happening in Illinois.

Bill:  HB 2532 
Sponsor:
  Rep. Moeller 
Status:
 House Judiciary – Civil 
Position:
  Oppose 
Description:  
Amends the Eminent Domain Act. Provides that if either party in the condemnation action demands a trial by jury, then the condemning authority may not take possession of the property before a determination of just compensation is made by verdict of the jury.

Bill:  HB 2835 
Sponsor:
  Rep. McAsey 
Status:
 House Environment 
Position:
  Oppose 
Description: 
Creates the Crude Oil Pipeline Environmental Liability Insurance Act. Provides that all owners of crude oil pipelines transporting more than a specified amount of bitumen shall report such pipelines to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Provides that on January 1, 2018 all owners of crude oil pipelines that transported more than a specified amount of bitumen over the preceding calendar year, shall maintain insurance coverage for such pipelines. Provides that after January 1, 2018 all owners of crude oil pipelines transporting more than a specified amount of bitumen shall obtain insurance coverage for such pipelines.

Bill:  HB 2958 
Sponsor:
  Rep. Fine  
Status:
 House 2nd Reading 
Position:
  Oppose 
Description:  
HB 2958 would ban the use of an environmentally preferred sealant on roadways, driveways, and parking lots that are an important tool for preserving pavements, savings money for homeowners, businesses, and the government alike.

Bill:  HB 3643
Sponsor:
  Rep. Moeller
Status:
 House Environment
Position:
  Oppose 
Description:  
This bill would require the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider any and all evidence presented in public convenience proceedings for pipelines.

Bill:  HR 123 
Sponsor:
  Rep. Moeller   
Status:
 House Environment  
Position:
  Oppose 
Description:  
Urges Enbridge and any other pipeline company transporting fossil fuels to have an environmental impact study conducted by a third-party scientific organization with no ties to the industry before they lay any new section of pipe and before any section of existing pipe begins to transport tar sands oil or natural gas extracted by fracking, requires any environmental impact study to include the long-term impact of burning fossil fuels on the looming climate crisis, and requires Enbridge and any other pipeline company to be held fully responsible for any environmental damages caused by leaks or spills or for agricultural damage to the farms through which their pipelines pass.

Bill:  SB 1272 
Sponsor:
  Sen. Koehler 
Status:
 Senate Agriculture 
Position:
  Oppose
Description:
SB 1272 would require farms with 1,000 animal units to file waste management plans as a part of LMFA Notice of Intent to Construct process. It also requires farms with 300 to 999 animal units to have a waste management plan available at the farm location and on a publicly available website. Farms with 1,000 to 4,999 animal units would be required to file a waste management plan with the Illinois Department of Agriculture that would be made available on a public website.

Bill:  SB 1273 
Sponsor:
  Sen. Koehler 
Status:
 Senate Agriculture 
Position:
  Oppose
Description:
SB 1273 requires that all livestock farms with 300 of more animal units register with the Illinois EPA before operation. Medium and large CAFOs would be required to register annually. A similar requirement was already considered by the Illinois Pollution Control Board, but that body determined that a registration requirement was unnecessary because the Illinois EPA has the information it needs to properly regulate livestock farms.

Bill:  SB 1417
Sponsor:
  Sen. Althoff – Rep. Manley
Status:
Sent to Governor 
Position:
  Oppose 
Description:
SB 1417 would rewrite and update Illinois’ electronic-waste program. The Chamber is opposed to the bill as aspects for how the program will operate are not clearly defined and therefore, make it difficult for manufactures to understand what their expectations will be under the law. Further, the expanded scope of covered electronic devices (CED) to 17 includes numerous products that are valuable in the return stream, such as game consoles and laptops.

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