Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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IFCA: Legislative Updates

State House Bills of Interest

IFCA
Supports
HB 813 : Code. Repeals a provision providing for the collection of an annual commercial distribution fee on vehicles of the second division weighing more than 8,000 pounds. Makes conforming changes.
IFCA
Opposes
HB 2180 : Amends the Minimum Wage Law to provide that an employer shall pay a person no less than the minimum wage rate if the person is a student enrolled in an institution of higher education whose employment is part of a work study or internship program approved by that institution, regardless of whether the person is receiving course credit from that institution for the employment.
IFCA
Supports
HB 2182 : Deletes language allowing the Department of Transportation to designate streets or highways in the system of State highways as Class III highways and makes changes governing the designation of Class II highways. 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 may 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 designating a Class II roadway need not require that signs be erected, but the designation 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 2318 : Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that local authorities, with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, may limit the operation of trucks or other commercial vehicles in areas with poor air quality. Defines "poor air quality
IFCA
Monitoring
HB 2425 : 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, habitat conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement that includes conservation practices conducted in the State in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides that incidental taking of species that are listed as endangered or threatened by the State only and not listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall follow the provisions under the Act. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, one member shall be a landowner representing the State's largest general farm organization
IFCA
Supports
HB 2588 : Provides that the Department of Transportation may allow entrances to farm fields with a maximum width of 40 feet.
IFCA
Supports
HB 2669 : Removing license plates off ammonia nurse tank wagon and fertilizer spreaders (floaters).
IFCA
Opposes
HB 2728 : Provides that the Environmental Protection Agency shall ensure that possible adverse economic, social, and environmental effects on environmental justice communities relating to any permit or permit renewal have been fully considered prior to publishing a draft permit or permit renewal for public comment, and that the final decision on the permit or permit renewal is made in the best overall public interest. Provides that any person or entity seeking a permit or permit renewal in an environmental justice community shall give public notice with specified information to the residents of the environmental justice community. Provides that environmental justice community residents shall have 90 days following a community meeting to submit comments to the Agency. Provides that a permit applicant for permitted activity sited in an environmental justice community shall enter into a community benefits agreement with the unit of local government in whose jurisdiction the permit applicant has applied. Provides that the community benefits agreement must, at a minimum, contain provisions requiring the permit applicant to mitigate the environmental and public health impact of the permitted activity in the environmental justice community.
IFCA
Opposes
HB 2839 : Provides that unless the action is governed by the procedures or provisions of another statute, a person suffering legal wrong because of a final administrative decision, or adversely affected or aggrieved by a final administrative decision, is entitled to judicial review of the final administrative decision to the same extent, with the same rights and the same responsibilities, as a person who is a party, except that a person seeking judicial review is not entitled to relief if there was a previous public hearing at which the person failed to present his or her position. Provides that to the extent necessary, such a person may provide new or additional evidence to the court for the limited purpose of demonstrating the legal wrong or adverse effect or impairment that he or she has experienced or may experience as a result of the final administrative decision. Provides that the right to judicial review under the new provisions is limited to final administrative permitting decisions made by the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Health, or Department of Transportation that impact the public trust in the waters and lands of this State, State parks or natural areas, threatened or endangered species, surface or ground water quality, air quality, or other matters affecting the right to a healthful environment under the Illinois Constitution. Makes a corresponding change in a Section concerning scope of review.
IFCA
Opposes
HB 2864 : Creates the per-mile road usage charge pilot program. Provides that the registered owner of a motor vehicle that is approved to participate in the program shall, in lieu of the taxes imposed under the Motor Fuel Tax Law, pay a per-mile road usage charge for metered use by the subject vehicle of the highways in this State. Provides that the per-mile road usage charge is $0.021 per mile.
IFCA
Monitoring
HB 3128 : Provides that the Department of Agriculture shall create a pollinator protection plan to protect the health and mitigate risk to honeybees and other managed pollinators in the State. Provides that the Department shall identify the top potential risks to pollinators in the State and provide approaches, tools, and resources to reduce these risks during a reasonable time frame. Provides that the Department shall report its findings to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2021.
IFCA
Opposes
HB 3636 : Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Agriculture to classify a pesticide as a restricted use pesticide. Includes pesticides containing a neonicotinoid as a restricted use pesticide. Defines "neonicotinoid". Provides that no pesticide containing a neonicotinoid may be used outdoors on any public land owned or maintained by the State, except for use in structural pest control or abatement of Agrilus planipennis.
IFCA
Monitoring
HB 3666 : Provides that certificates of registration shall be renewed annually. Provides that if a registrant fails to renew a certificate of registration for more than one registration year, the registrant shall pass a qualifying examination for each type of weighing or measuring device the registrant intends to install, service, recondition, or repair before the registrant's certificate is renewed. Provides that, beginning with the 2020 registration year, a registrant must pass a qualifying examination for each type of weighing and measuring device the registrant intends to install, service, recondition, or repair. A registrant must retest every 5 years thereafter, provided the serviceperson, service agency, or special sealer is registered annually and remains in good standing. If a serviceperson, service agency, or special sealer fails to register with the Department of Agriculture, he or she must retest after a year lapse. Provides that for registrants who have been continuously registered for 5 or more years on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Department shall require one-third to pass the examinations required by the Act in the 2020 registration year, one-third to pass the examinations required by the Act in the 2021 registration year, and one-third to pass the examinations required by the Act in the 2022 registration year. Provides that each serviceperson must be associated with a primary service agency. Provides that each service agency shall have at least one registered serviceperson prior to being qualified as a registered service agency. Makes changes concerning Placed in Service Reports.
IFCA
Supports
SB 52 : Supports the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and the work of stakeholders on the continued implementation of the Strategy.
IFCA
Supports
SB 105 : Repeals a provision providing for the collection of an annual commercial distribution fee on vehicles of the second division weighing more than 8,000 pounds. Makes conforming changes
IFCA
Opposes
SB 1352 : Creates the Wetlands Protection Act. Provides provisions concerning: exemptions; wetlands delineation, classification, notification, and permits; surety; general permits; appeal of final decisions made by the Department of Natural Resources and judicial review; investigation and enforcement; and county authority. Creates the Wetlands Advisory Committee and establishes duties and rules for the Committee. Creates the Wetlands Protection Fund. Defines terms. Makes conforming changes in the State Finance Act.
IFCA
Opposes
SB 1482 : Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Increases the monetary penalties for violations of the Act. Effective January 1, 2020
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 1980 : Provides that the purposes of soil and water conservation districts include the conservation of soil health, organic matter in soil and plants, and water quality (rather than just water); and the improvement of resilience to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather. Defines "soil health". Allows districts to initiate and conduct specified activities regarding improvement of soil health, including surveys, investigations, research, development of comprehensive plans, entering into agreements with or cooperating with other entities, and making agricultural and engineering machinery and equipment available to landowners or occupiers within the district.
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 2088 : Provides that original equipment manufacturers shall: (i) make available to any independent repair provider or owner of equipment manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer the same diagnostic and repair documentation in the same manner as that information is made available to the manufacturer's authorized repair providers; and (ii) make available for purchase by the owner, his or her authorized agent, or any independent repair provider, parts, inclusive of any updates to the embedded software of the parts, upon fair and reasonable terms. Requires original equipment manufacturers to make available for purchase by owners and independent repair providers all diagnostic repair tools incorporating the same diagnostic, repair, and remote communications capabilities that the original equipment manufacturer makes available to its own repair or engineering staff or an authorized repair provider. Requires an independent repair provider that purchases or acquires embedded software or service parts to notify the owner of the equipment in writing of certain warranties prior to performing any services on digital electronic equipment. Provides, with one exception, an authorized provider shall have all the rights and remedies provided under the Act. Provides for enforcement by the Attorney General. Authorizes the Attorney General to seek to enjoin violations and to recover civil penalties. Requires the Attorney General to establish an outreach program to inform the public of rights under the Act. Defines terms. Excludes motor vehicle manufacturers. Provides for recovery of damages and attorney's fees. Provides for the protection of trade secrets. Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to incorporate a violation of the Digital Fair Repair Act as a violation of that Act.
IFCA
Supports
SB 2117 : Removing license plates off ammonia nurse tank wagon and fertilizer spreaders (floaters).
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 2130 : Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Increases the first offense penalty for applying pesticides without a license, misrepresenting certification, failing to comply with conditions of an agrichemical facility permit, failing to comply with the conditions of a written authorization for land application of agrichemical contaminated soils or groundwater, or for constructing or operating without an agrichemical facility permit after receiving written notification from $500 to $750. Increases the subsequent offense penalty for these violations from $1,000 to $1,500. Makes various changes to the violation point structure used for assessing administrative penalties for violations of the Act and rules, including increasing the monetary penalties by specified amounts and adding a $500 penalty for a 12 to 13 point violation.