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Bill:  HB 497
Sponsor:
  Rep. Costello
Status:
 House Sales and Other Taxes Subcommittee 
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 2532 
Sponsor:
  Rep. Moeller 
Status:
 House Civil Procedure Subcommittee 
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 Consumer Protection 
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:  HR 123 
Sponsor:
  Rep. Moeller   
Status:
 House Rules 
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.

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