Each year, thousands of bills are introduced in the Illinois General Assembly. IMA reviews every bill for its potential affect on manufacturing and works directly with elected officials to encourage passage or defeat. Listed below are bills we are actively working on. IMA members are encouraged to contact their state elected officials and let them know our position. For more information, contact Mark Denzler at 217.522.1240 extension 3008, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HB 21 –IMA Oppose (mandate)
Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, Counties Code, Illinois Municipal Code, Illinois Public Aid Code, and Illinois Insurance Code to provide that accident and health insurance policies and managed care plans shall cover all services ordered by a physician and provided in a hospital that are considered medically necessary. Amends the Medical Patient Rights Act. Includes limited health service organizations and voluntary health services plan in the definition of “insurance company”. Effective immediately.
HB 22 –IMA Oppose (mandate)
Rep. Mary E. Flowers-Lou Lang-Monique D. Davis-Greg Harris
Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, Counties Code, Illinois Municipal Code, School Code, Illinois Insurance Code, Health Maintenance Organization Act, and Voluntary Health Services Plans Act. Provides that group and individual policies of accident and health insurance and managed care plans must provide coverage for a vaccine for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) that is approved for marketing by the federal Food and Drug Administration and that is recommended by the United States Public Health Service. Provides that the provision concerning AIDS vaccines does not require a policy of accident and health insurance to provide coverage for any clinical trials relating to an AIDS vaccine or for any AIDS vaccine that has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration in the form of an investigational new drug application.
HB 23 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Mary E. Flowers-La Shawn K. Ford-Cynthia Soto-Emanuel Chris Welch-Camille Y. Lilly
Creates the Consumer Health Insurance Counsel Act. Creates the independent Office of Consumer Health Insurance Counsel for the purpose of representing the interests of health insurance consumers. Sets forth provisions concerning the appointment and qualifications of and prohibited activities regarding the position of Consumer Health Insurance Counsel. Provides that the Consumer Health Insurance Counsel may assess the impact of insurance rates, rules, and forms on consumers and shall advocate positions determined to be most advantageous to a substantial number of insurance consumers. Sets forth additional provisions.
HB 158 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Lou Lang
Creates the Human Tissue Transfer Act. Sets forth definitions. Provides that the living donor from whom the human tissue specimen was physically removed is the owner of that human tissue specimen prior to removal and that to transfer ownership of a human tissue specimen from a living donor to another party requires the written agreement as set forth in the Act if that other party is a physician. Provides that ownership of human tissue specimens that are physically removed from a living donor resides in the party who has signed and complied with the conditions of the agreement in the Act if that party is a physician. Provides that when the agreement set forth in the Act has been fully executed by the living donor and a physician and the human tissue specimens have been physically removed prior to the death of the living donor, but the payment required by the agreement has not been made prior to the death of the donor, the payment shall be made to the successor in interest. Sets forth provisions concerning the misappropriation of human tissue specimens, remedies, actions for misappropriation, the applicability of the Act, the scope of the human tissue agreement, and the form of the agreement.
HB 566 –IMA Oppose (mandate)
Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the insurability of newborns
HB 927 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Robyn Gabel
Amends the Family Military Leave Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title
HB 942 –IMA Oppose (mandate)
Rep. Mary E. Flowers-Kelly M. Cassidy-Linda Chapa LaVia-Greg Harris-La Shawn K. Ford and Emanuel Chris Welch
Creates the Illinois Universal Health Care Act. Provides that all individuals residing in the State are covered under the Illinois Health Services Program for health insurance. Sets forth the health coverage benefits that participants are entitled to under the Program. Sets forth the qualification requirements for participating health providers. Sets forth standards for provider reimbursement. Provides that it is unlawful for private health insurers to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the coverage of the Program. Provides that investor-ownership of health delivery facilities is unlawful. Provides that the State shall establish the Illinois Health Services Trust to provide financing for the Program. Sets forth the requirements for claims billing under the Program. Provides that the Program shall include funding for long-term care services and mental health services. Provides that the Program shall establish a single prescription drug formulary and list of approved durable medical goods and supplies. Creates the Pharmaceutical and Durable Medical Goods Committee to negotiate the prices of pharmaceuticals and durable medical goods with suppliers or manufacturers on an open bid competitive basis. Sets forth provisions concerning patients’ rights. Provides that the employees of the Program shall be compensated in accordance with the current pay scale for State employees and as deemed professionally appropriate by the General Assembly
HB 997 –IMA Oppose (parking lot exemption)
Rep. Brandon W. Phelps-Ed Sullivan, Jr.-Daniel V. Beiser-Jerry F. Costello, II-Patrick J. Verschoore, Katherine Cloonen, Michael Unes, Mike Smiddy, John E. Bradley, Sue Scherer, Norine Hammond, Jil Tracy, Josh Harms, Brad E. Halbrook, John M. Cabello, Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr., Mike Bost, David Reis, Wayne Rosenthal, JoAnn D. Osmond, Linda Chapa LaVia, John D. Cavaletto, Adam Brown, Tom Demmer, Joe Sosnowski, Dwight Kay, David R. Leitch, Keith P. Sommer, Jim Sacia, Robert W. Pritchard, Pam Roth, Thomas Morrison, Chad Hays, Charles E Meier, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Bill Mitchell, Ron Sandack, Raymond Poe, Rich Brauer, Donald L. Moffitt, Jeanne M Ives, Barbara Wheeler, David McSweeney, Darlene J. Senger, Dennis M. Reboletti, Michael W. Tryon, Dan Brady and David Harris
Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall issue a license to a person to: (1) carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person, concealed or otherwise; (2) keep or carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about his or her person when in a vehicle; and (3) keep a loaded or unloaded handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle. Prohibits the carrying of the handgun in certain locations. Provides that the license shall be issued by the Department of State Police within 30 days of receipt of a completed application and shall be valid throughout the State for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. Provides for renewal of licenses. Establishes qualifications for licensees, certified firearms instructors, and instructor trainers. Provides for home rule preemption. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits from inspection and copying information about applications for licenses to carry a handgun and about license holders contained in the database created by the Family and Personal Protection Act, except as authorized by that Act. Amends the State Finance Act and the Criminal Code of 2012 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.
HB 1047 –IMA Support
Rep. Jim Durkin
Amends provisions of the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act prohibiting certain inquiries by an employer. Deletes language in those provisions regarding an employee’s social networking website account information. Provides that: an employer may not request or require an employee or prospective employee to provide a user name, password, or other means to gain access to the employee’s or prospective employee’s personal online account; an employer may request or require an employee to disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing an electronic communications device supplied or paid for in whole or in part by the employer or accounts or services provided by the employer or by virtue of the employee’s employment relationship with the employer or that the employee uses for business purposes; an employer may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise penalize or threaten to discharge, discipline, or otherwise penalize an employee solely for an employee’s refusal to disclose specified information, fail or refuse to hire any prospective employee as a result of the prospective employee’s refusal to disclose specified information, or be held liable for failure to request or require that an employee or prospective employee disclose specified information; those provisions do not prevent an employer from conducting certain investigations; the provisions do not limit an employer’s right to have specified workplace policies and monitor usage of the employer’s electronic equipment and electronic mail under specified circumstances; and those provisions do not prohibit an employer from obtaining information about a prospective employee or an employee that is in the public domain or that is otherwise obtained in compliance with the provisions. Effective immediately.
HB1053 -IMA Oppose
Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. – Barbara Flynn Currie
Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that land containing hotels or lodging facilities, club houses, banquet facilities, tennis or other courts, swimming pools, commercial or industrial facilities, retail shops, or land and parking areas serving any of those improvements shall be valued at its fair cash value and shall not be valued as open space land.
HB 1331 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Frank J. Mautino
Amends the Energy Efficient Building Act. Provides that the Capital Development Board shall adopt, every 3 years (now, no time requirement), the latest published edition of the International Energy Conservation Code as minimum requirements for commercial buildings. Provides that the Board shall adopt, at least every 6 years (now, no time requirement), the Code as the minimum and maximum requirements for residential buildings. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2013, the Board shall review and consider adopting the latest published edition of the Code within one year of its publication and may adopt the latest edition upon review (now, the Board shall adopt the Code within 9 months after its publication). Provides that the Code shall take effect 6 months (now, 3 months) after it is adopted by the Board. Effective immediately.
HB 1379 –IMA Support
Rep. Brandon W. Phelps-Daniel V. Beiser-Ed Sullivan, Jr.-Patrick J. Verschoore-Adam Brown, Mike Bost, John M. Cabello, John D’Amico, Wayne Rosenthal, Pam Roth, Michael P. McAuliffe, Frank J. Mautino and Charles E Meier
Amends the Public Utilities Act. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides an alternative procedure that a large public utility may choose in establishing the ratemaking rate base of a water or sewer utility that the large public utility is acquiring. Provides that the Commission’s order that approves the large public utility’s acquisition of the water or sewer utility shall include the Commission’s decision establishing (1) the ratemaking rate base of the water or sewer utility and (2) the district or tariff group with which the water or sewer utility will be combined for ratemaking purposes. Sets forth provisions concerning definitions, appraisers and their duties, ratemaking rate base, and rate cases. Makes the provisions applicable until June 1, 2018. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
HB 1534 –IMA Support
Rep. Michael Unes
Sen. David Koehler
Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that a customer that has not already been approved by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may apply to be designated a self-directing customer or exempt customer that uses natural gas as a feedstock between September 1, 2013 and September 20, 2013, on a form approved by the Department. Provides that customer applications that are approved by the Department shall be considered to be a self-directing customer or exempt customer for the current 3-year planning period effective December 1, 2013. Effective immediately.
HB 1625 –IMA Support
Rep. John M. Cabello
Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title
HB 2379 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Luis Arroyo-Laura Fine-Robyn Gabel-Michael J. Zalewski-John D’Amico
Amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Defines “energy drink” as any soft drink with a caffeine level of 6 mg or more per ounce. Provides that it is unlawful in this State for any person to sell, offer for sale, or deliver an energy drink to a person under 18 years of age. Provides that in addition to any other remedies provided by law, the Director of Public Health is authorized to file a complaint and apply to the circuit court for, and such court may upon hearing and for cause shown grant, a temporary restraining order or preliminary or permanent injunction restraining any person from violating the provision concerning energy drinks.
HB 2499 –IMA Support
Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie-David Harris
Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Makes changes concerning an exemption for petroleum products to provide that the exemption applies to fuel and petroleum products sold to or used by an air carrier, certified by the carrier to be used for consumption, shipment, or storage in the conduct of its business as an air common carrier, for a flight that (i) is engaged in foreign trade or (ii) is engaged in trade between the United States and any of its possessions, and (iii) transports at least one individual or package for hire from the city of origination to the city of final destination on the same aircraft, without regard to a change in the flight number of that aircraft. Effective immediately
HB 2562 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Thaddeus Jones
Amends the Personnel Record Review Act and the State Finance Act. Authorizes the Department of Labor to assess civil penalties under the Personnel Record Review Act. Provides for collection actions by the Attorney General. Provides that employers in violation are subject to a penalty of $250 plus $25 per day of violation. Creates the Personnel Records Enforcement Fund, a special fund in the State treasury. Authorizes the Department to use the moneys in the fund for administration of the Act
HB 2590 –IMA Support
Rep. Ron Sandack-Patricia R. Bellock-Michael J. Zalewski
Creates the Workplace Violence Prevention Act. Contains a purpose statement and defines terms. Provides that an employer may seek an order of protection to prohibit further violence or threats of violence by a person if: (1) the employee has suffered unlawful violence or a credible threat of violence from the person; and (2) the unlawful violence has been carried out at the employee’s place of work or the credible threat of violence can reasonably be constructed to be carried out at the employee’s place of work by the person. Provides that an employer may obtain an order of protection under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 if the employer: (1) files an affidavit that shows, to the satisfaction of the court, reasonable proof that an employee has suffered either unlawful violence or a credible threat of violence by the defendant; and (2) demonstrates that great or irreparable harm has been suffered, will be suffered, or is likely to be suffered by the employee. Provides that employer remedies under the Act are limited to an order of protection, but that nothing in the Act waives, reduces, or diminishes any other remedy available to an employer under any other mechanism. Provides that the Act does not apply to cases involving or growing out of a labor dispute governed by other State or federal law. Provides that issues of jurisdiction, venue, procedure, and enforcement shall be governed by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, and that law enforcement personnel shall have the same responsibilities as provided in that Act.
HB 2649 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Luis Arroyo
Amends the Employee Classification Act. Includes an individual within the scope of the term “contractor”. Provides for notice to an employer of violations and penalties and for a time within which an employer may request a hearing; provides for a formal administrative hearing. Makes changes concerning responsibilities of the Attorney General and the recovery of penalties. Includes discipline within acts prohibited as retaliation against a person for exercising rights under the Act, and adds provisions concerning review, an investigation, and a formal hearing. Provides for individual officers and agents of employers to be liable under the Act.
HB 2764 –IMA Support
Rep. Sue Scherer-Monique D. Davis, Jehan A. Gordon-Booth, John E. Bradley and Katherine Cloonen
Amends the Highway Advertising Control Act of 1971. Repeals a provision concerning registration and fees for signs near highways. Effective immediately
HB 2846 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Esther Golar-Rita Mayfield-Marcus C. Evans, Jr.-Robyn Gabel-Charles E. Jefferson, Kelly M. Cassidy, Camille Y. Lilly, Derrick Smith, Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. and William Davis
Creates the Best Candidate for the Job Act. Provides that private and public employers shall properly consider for employment and licenses persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses. Prohibits discrimination against such persons unless there is a direct relationship between the offense and the specific license or employment sought. Establishes criteria for evaluating convictions. Exempts law enforcement agencies.
HB 2919 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Laura Fine-Jack D. Franks-Mary E. Flowers-Jehan A. Gordon-Booth, Keith Farnham, Carol A. Sente, Emanuel Chris Welch, Frances Ann Hurley, Elaine Nekritz, Greg Harris, Kelly M. Cassidy and Robyn Gabel
Creates the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund Act. Creates the Workers’ Compensation Insurance State Fund as an independent body corporate and politic for the purpose of insuring employers against liability for compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Provides that the Fund shall be administered by the Department of Insurance without liability on the part of the State.
HB 3005 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Rita Mayfield-JoAnn D. Osmond-Kelly M. Cassidy-Thaddeus Jones
Creates the Employee Background Check Act. Provides that employers may not conduct criminal history inquiries with respect to a candidate for employment until after the employer has received an application from and interviewed the candidate. Provides an exemption to permit background checks when a candidate’s criminal history is an essential factor in the hiring decision. Permits questions concerning convictions during interviews. Authorizes a private right of action to remedy violations.
HB 3052 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Emily McAsey
Amends the Children’s Product Safety Act. Prohibits a commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer from selling, offering to sell, leasing, or offering to lease a crib bumper pad in the State. Imposes a civil penalty of not less than $100 and not more than $500 for each violation. Provides for the deposit of these civil penalties into the Attorney General Court Ordered and Voluntary Compliance Payment Projects Fund.
HB 3058 –IMA Oppose
Rep. Kathleen Willis-Stephanie A Kifowit
Creates the Veterans Day Act. Provides that an employer shall provide each employee who is a veteran with paid or unpaid time off for Veterans Day, November 11, if the employee would otherwise be required to work on that day, in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Provides that an employer, in complying with the Act, shall have the discretion of providing paid or unpaid time off on Veterans Day. Provides that an employer may only refuse to grant paid or unpaid time off as requested under the Act when providing time off would impact public health or safety or would cause the employer to experience significant economic or operational disruption. Provides that if the employer determines that the employer is unable to provide time off for Veterans Day, the employer shall deny time off only to the minimum number of veteran employees needed by the employer to protect public health or safety or to maintain minimum operational capacity, as applicable. Contains provisions concerning notices and penalties.
SB 1 –IMA Watch
Sen. John J. Cullerton
(Rep. Michael J. Madigan)
Amends the General Provisions, General Assembly, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Contains a Part A, which is intended by the General Assembly as a stand-alone reform of the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code and takes effect upon becoming law. Contains a Part B, which is intended to provide alternative provisions that take effect only if and when a corresponding portion of Part A is determined to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid or unenforceable. In Part A, caps pensionable salary, temporarily suspends and reduces the amount of automatic annual increases, requires the systems to be 100% funded by 2043, and increases required employee contributions. In Part B, requires persons to make an election either to accept reductions in the amount of, as well as delays in eligibility for, automatic annual increases or to forgo certain healthcare benefits and future increases in pensionable income. Effective upon becoming law, except that specified portions of Part B take effect upon the date following the date upon which certain contingencies occur.
SB 103 –IMA Oppose
Sen. Michael W. Frerichs-David Koehler and Daniel Biss-Melinda Bush-Terry Link
Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Provides that, for periods beginning on and after June 1, 2014, the Agency’s procurement plans shall include procurement of renewable energy credits in amounts projected to be sufficient to meet certain renewable energy resources portfolio standards. Requires the Agency to use the Illinois Power Agency Renewable Energy Resources Fund, until depleted, to procure renewable energy credits for specified purposes, and terminates the Fund upon depletion of all its funds. Provides that the Planning and Procurement Bureau shall develop procurement plans and conduct competitive procurement processes for the procurement of renewable energy credits with respect to the kilowatthour usage of delivery services non-eligible retail customers in such electric utilities’ service areas. Makes changes with regard to the renewable portfolio standard. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that charges for delivery services shall also include the recovery of the electric utility’s costs of renewable energy credits and excluded renewable energy resources contract costs. Requires certain electric utilities to procure renewable energy credits with respect to the kilowatthour usage of delivery services non-eligible retail customers in the electric utility’s service area. Provides that the obligations of alternative retail electric suppliers and electric utilities operating outside their service territories to procure renewable energy resources, make alternative compliance payments, and file annual reports, and the obligations of the Commission to determine and post alternative compliance payment rates, shall terminate effective May 31, 2014. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
SB 1190 -IMA Oppose
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson-Patricia Van Pelt, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant-Jacqueline Y. Collins-Iris Y. Martinez, Daniel Biss, Terry Link, William Delgado, Ira I. Silverstein-Melinda Bush and Thomas Cullerton
Creates the Illinois Family Care Provider Act. Provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee during any 12-month period for one or more of these purposes: the birth or adoption of a grandchild in order for the employee to care for such grandchild; because of the placement of a grandchild with the employee for adoption or foster care; or in order for the employee to care for a grandchild if such grandchild has a serious health condition or the employee to care for a grandparent if such grandparent has a serious health condition. Contains provisions concerning employee benefits and prohibited acts. Requires the Illinois Department of Labor to enforce the Act and authorizes an employee to file a civil action for enforcement. Effective immediately.
SB 1210 –IMA Oppose
Sen. Ira I. Silverstein-Michael Noland-Toi W. Hutchinson
Creates the Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act. Sets forth certain rights of homeless persons. Provides that in any civil action alleging a violation of the Act, the court may award appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief, actual damages, and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to a prevailing plaintiff. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to make corresponding changes. Defines “housing status” as the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets, in a shelter, or in a temporary residence.
SB 1251 –IMA Support
Sen. Andy Manar-Wm. Sam McCann and Michael W. Frerichs
Amends the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority Act. Provides that the Authority may, by ordinance, designate certain territories as an Enterprise Zone under the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act in addition to any other enterprise zones that may be created under that Act. Provides that these designated territories shall have all the privileges and rights of an Enterprise Zone pursuant to the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act, but shall not be counted in determining the number of Enterprise Zones to be created in any year pursuant to that Act. Effective immediately.
SB 1704 –IMA Support
Sen. Linda Holmes-Mike Jacobs
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that if a complete application for the renewal of a Clean Air Act permit is submitted to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 90 or fewer days before the permit expires, then the applicant must pay a $5,000 late-filing fee and the terms and conditions of the permit must remain in effect until final administrative action has been taken by the Agency on that application. Provides that if a complete application for the renewal of a Clean Air Act permit is submitted after the permit expires, then the Agency may allow the terms and conditions of the permit to remain in effect, and, if that authorization is granted, then the applicant must pay a $10,000 late-filing fee.
SB 1787 –IMA Support
Sen. Mike Jacobs
Creates the Illinois Titanium Powdered Metals Development Act. Creates the Illinois Titanium Powdered Metals Development Advisory Committee within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Sets forth the membership of the Committee, including the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and members appointed by the Governor and each of the legislative leaders. Sets forth the powers and duties of the Committee, including assisting with the growth and development of the titanium powdered metals industry within Illinois and the creation of a consortium or center that conducts, coordinates, and supports titanium powdered metals research, promotion, and marketing activities in the State. Requires the Committee to prepare and submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly. Contains other provisions. Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. Provides that businesses that (i) intend to make minimum investment of $3,000,000 in titanium powdered metals manufacturing which will be placed in service in qualified property and (ii) intend to create or retain a minimum of 15 full-time equivalent jobs in titanium powdered metals manufacturing at a location in Illinois are considered high impact businesses. Effective immediately.
SB 1868 –IMA Oppose
Sen. Chapin Rose
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Specifies that any site or facility for the treatment, storage, or disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or PCB Items regulated under Subpart D of 40 C.F.R. 761 that is located less than 500 feet above an aquifer that currently provides the only source of potable water for a community water supply is a pollution control facility. Provides that, in the case of a site or facility for the treatment, storage, or disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or PCB Items regulated under Subpart D of 40 C.F.R. 761 that is located less than 500 feet above an aquifer that currently provides the only source of potable water for a community water supply, local siting approval must be obtained by the county board of each county located, in whole or part, within the aquifer’s boundaries and the governing body of each municipality located, in whole or part, within the aquifer’s boundaries. Provides that no site or facility for the treatment, storage, or disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or PCB Items regulated under Subpart D of 40 C.F.R. 761 that is located less than 500 feet above an aquifer that currently provides the only source of potable water for a community water supply shall commence or continue treating, storing, disposing of, or accepting for treatment, storage, or disposal any polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or PCB Items, unless the owner or operator of that site or facility submits proof to the Agency that the operation of the facility on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act has been approved by ordinances duly adopted by the county board of each county located, in or whole in part, within the aquifer’s boundaries and the governing body of each municipality located, in or whole or part, within the aquifer’s boundaries. Effective immediately.
SB 1961 –IMA Support
Sen. William R. Haine-Jason A. Barickman, Mike Jacobs-Steven M. Landek, Sue Rezin and Michael E. Hastings
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that all powers, duties, rights, and responsibilities of the Department of Public Health under the Asbestos Abatement Act and the Commercial and Public Buildings Asbestos Abatement Act are transferred to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Makes conforming changes to the Asbestos Abatement Act and the Commercial and Public Buildings Act. Effective July 1, 2013.
SB 2253 –IMA Oppose
Sen. Donne E. Trotter
Amends the Public Utilities Act. Prevents the Commission from approving any increase in rates by a water or sewer service of greater than 15%. Requires these utilities to include notice of any proposed rate change on every bill sent to customers until the rate change is approved or denied. Allows customers who have had their rates increased by over 15% to file a civil action against the utility for damages in which the customers are certified as a class, are granted a rebuttable presumption that any increase in excess of 15% is unjustified, and are entitled to double damages as well as attorney’s fees and costs. Entitles customers that have filed a class action against a water or sewer service utility for increasing their rates by over 15% to a temporary restraining order halting collection of the increase until the civil action is resolved.
SB 2306 –IMA Support
Sen. Christine Radogno
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Provides that the restriction on an employer’s request for information concerning an employee’s social networking profile or website applies to only the employee’s personal account. Defines terms. Provides that employers are not prohibited from complying with the rules of self-regulatory organizations.
SB 2345 –IMA Support
Sen. Mike Jacobs
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that the term “pollution control facility” also includes any system, method, construction, device or appliance appurtenant thereto, or any portion of any building or equipment, that is designed, constructed, installed or operated for the primary purpose of complying with federal or State requirements enacted or promulgated to eliminate, prevent, or reduce air pollution or water pollution. In a Section concerning valuation of pollution control facilities, removes a provision requiring the Department to consider the actual or probable net earnings attributable to the facilities in question, capitalized on the basis of their productive earning value to their owner. Provides that the effective date of a pollution control facility certificate shall be January 1 of the year in which the certificate is issued.