Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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State House Bills of Interest

IFCA
Opposes
HB 4381 : 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. a
IFCA
Opposes
HB 4606 : Creates an environmental justice program to ensure enhanced public outreach procedures for permitting actions that affect areas of environmental justice concern. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency adopt rules within one year of the amendatory Act's effective date that implement the program and are consistent with the findings presented.
IFCA
Opposes
HB 4971 : Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Increases administrative penalties based on stated ranges of total violation points. Provides that beginning January 1, 2021 and each January 1 thereafter, the amounts of administrative penalties shall be adjusted by the Department of Agriculture based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index. Requires the updated penalty amounts to be made available to the public on the Department's website.
IFCA
Supports
HB 5172 : farmer training program for the safe handling of anhydrous ammonia. Provides that a grower must complete the training program before using anhydrous ammonia. Provides that upon completion of the training program, a grower shall be designated a certified competent attendant and provided with documentation attesting to his or her completion of the training program. Allows growers to complete equivalent training programs that have been approved by the Department. Requires anhydrous ammonia training every 3 years. Provides for the adoption of rules. Defines terms.
IFCA
Opposes
SB 2507 : Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Increases administrative penalties based on stated ranges of total violation points. Provides that beginning January 1, 2021 and each January 1 thereafter, the amounts of administrative penalties shall be adjusted by the Department of Agriculture based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index. Requires the updated penalty amounts to be made available to the public on the Department's website.
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 2932 : Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that, no later than January 1, 2022, the Department of Agriculture shall develop a drift monitoring study to evaluate pesticide drift at 3 schools within the State and shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2023. Repeals the provisions regarding the drift monitoring study on January 1, 2024. Provides that it is unlawful to apply a restricted use pesticide on or within 500 feet of a school property during normal hours, except for whole structure fumigation, unless the pesticide application information listed on the pesticide label is more restrictive, in which case the more restrictive provision shall apply. Directs the Department of Public Health to adopt rules necessary to implement the restriction. Defines "normal school hours"
IFCA
Opposes
SB 2943 : Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that a pesticide applicator shall notify a beekeeper if the pesticide is applied within 3 miles of the beekeeper's colony registered with the Department of Agriculture under the Bees and Apiaries Act.
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 2998 : Provides that livestock waste may continue to be applied to the soil if the average Bray P1 or Mehlich test result for soil phosphorous is 70 pounds (rather than 300 pounds) or less of elemental phosphorous per acre. Provides further that if the test result for soil phosphorous for an application field is greater than 70 pounds (rather than 300 pounds) of elemental phosphorous per acre, the owner or operator shall apply livestock waste until the test results indicate that there is less than 70 pounds (rather than 300 pounds) of elemental phosphorous per acre. States that the Illinois Department of Agriculture may reduce the application field to less than 70 pounds (rather than 300 pounds) of elemental phosphorous per acre in any county if the Department determines that this change is necessary to protect local waterways.
IFCA
Opposes
SB 3447 : Amends the Interagency Wetland Policy Act of 1989. Sets forth that State agencies shall avoid adverse impacts to unprotected wetlands by requiring the issuance of a license signed by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and authenticated by the seal thereof. Provides that State agencies shall work to prevent or reduce overall net loss of the State's existing wetland acres or their functional value due to State-licensed activities. Adds the definitions of "unprotected wetland", "protective county program", and "nonprohibited discharge of dredged fill or materials" to the Act. Creates the State Wetland Conservation Fund. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall grant a license for certain activities in unprotected wetlands to applicants who pay a fee per acre of wetland to be adversely impacted by such activities. Provides that the fee shall be progressive and based on the quality of the wetland or wetlands to be adversely impacted. Provides that revenues raised from the fees shall be placed in the State Wetland Conservation Fund. Makes a corresponding change in the State Finance Act.
IFCA
Monitoring
SB 3448 : Amends the Weights and Measures Act. Provides continuing education requirements for persons registered to install, service, recondition, or repair a weighing or measuring devices used in trade or commerce. Provides for phase-in process to apply continuing education requirements for persons currently registered to install, service, recondition, or repair a weighing or measuring devices used in trade or commerce. Changes the annual registration fee for servicepersons and special sealers in years in which the continuing education course must be completed. Provides that applications and reports shall be filed in a manner prescribed by the Director of Agriculture (currently, in writing). Defines "continuing education course"
IFCA
Supports
SB 3462 : Changes the name of the Partners for Conservation Fund to the Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Fund and makes conforming changes throughout the Act. Provides that moneys in the Fund may be used to implement the State's Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, including funding for specified needs. Provides that the State Comptroller shall automatically transfer moneys to the Fund through June 30, 2026 (currently, 2021). Provides that the amount of moneys transferred from 2021 through 2026 (currently, only for 2021) shall be $35,075,000 (currently, $14,000,000). Specifies amounts and uses for moneys to be used by the Fund through specified years.
IFCA
Supports
SB 3462 : Changes the name of the Partners for Conservation Fund to the Partners for Nutrient Loss Reduction Fund and makes conforming changes throughout the Act. Provides that moneys in the Fund may be used to implement the State's Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, including funding for specified needs. Provides that the State Comptroller shall automatically transfer moneys to the Fund through June 30, 2026 (currently, 2021). Provides that the amount of moneys transferred from 2021 through 2026 (currently, only for 2021) shall be $35,075,000 (currently, $14,000,000). Specifies amounts and uses for moneys to be used by the Fund through specified years.