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HB0003 - STATE GOVERNMENT - TECH
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Department of Public Health Act. Makes a technical change in a section concerning the powers of the Department.

Sponsor: Lou Lang

Bill Status: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3&GAID=
13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=83492&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take – At this time HB0003 is a shell bill that warrants a spot on the watch list as several areas of the Public Health Act can have an effect on water and wastewater systems.  IRWA will remain neutral until such time as any filed amendments would justify a change.

HB0261 – NOTICES-ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Notice By Publication Act. Provides that whenever a governmental unit is required to provide notice by publication in a newspaper by law, order of court, or contract, the governmental unit may publish the notice on an official government website instead of in a newspaper. Provides conditions concerning the availability and format of the notice webpage. Repeals a Section concerning the placement of published notices on a statewide website and makes corresponding changes throughout the Act and in the Newspaper Legal Notice Act. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Joe Sosnowski - Ron Sandack - Tom Demmer

Bill Status: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=261&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=83985&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Proponent

IRWA Quick Take – As introduced, this bill would stand to save municipalities hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in publication fees.  IRWA will be in support of this bill.

HB0435 – LOCAL GOV-INTERNET POSTINGS

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Local Records Act. Requires any unit of local government serving a population of 5,000 or more and any school district with an enrollment of 500 or more students to maintain an Internet website and post to that website, for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, certain information. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides that records posted pursuant to this amendatory Act may remain posted on the entity's website, or subsequent websites, in perpetuity. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that a public body is not required to copy and make available for public inspection a public record that is published on the public body's website if the public body's Freedom of Information officer certifies that the online record is a true and accurate copy of the original record maintained by the public body. Provides that the Freedom of Information officer shall notify the person requesting the public record that it is available online. Provides that if the person requesting the public record is unable to access the record online, the public body is then required to copy and make available the public record. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:Ed Sullivan - Ron Sandack

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=435&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=84802&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – As introduced, this bill would make it mandatory that all units of local government serving a population of 5000 or more to create and maintain a website.  Certain information would have to be posted to this website and remain in perpetuity.  Realizing that not all municipalities would have the capabilities and/or funds to comply with this bill if passed, IRWA will oppose it.

HB1376-REAL EST DISCLOSURE-SEWER LINE

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Real Estate Disclosure Act. Provides that a seller of residential property to which the Act applies shall have the sewer line from the residential property to the sewer main, or, in the case of a septic system, to the septic tank, inspected by a licensed plumber using video camera inspection technology, and that the licensed plumber shall prepare a written, dated report that includes his or her review of the condition of the line. Provides that the seller shall attach the report to the residential real property disclosure report form required under the Act.

Sponsor:Luis Arroyo

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1376&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=86050&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take – Although this bill does not affect municipal wastewater systems at this time IRWA will continue to track it and remain neutral unless an amendment is introduced that would warrant a change in our position.

 

HB1445 – EPA-BIOSOLIDS-DEFINITIONS

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that "pollution control waste", "sludge", and "waste" do not include exceptional quality biosolids. Defines "exceptional quality biosolids".

Sponsor:Elaine Nekritz

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1445&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=86165&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Proponent

IRWA Quick Take – This bill would define “exceptional quality biosolids" as solids produced by advanced treatment of wastewater (and water) treatment plant sludge through stabilization and other processes to meet certain criteria.  IRWA will support the bill as introduced.

 

HB1556 – WATER RATE PROTECTION ACT
HB1556 – WATER RATE PROTECTION ACT

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Water Rate Protection Act. Creates the Water Rate Protection Board to exercise specified powers and duties, including holding hearings and regulating water rates that a municipal water provider with a population over 500,000 may impose upon units of local government that purchase water from the municipal water provider for delivery to consumers. Contains provisions regarding: appointment of board members and election of board officers; employment of hearing examiners and staff by the board; mailings; prohibited acts; conflicts of interest; records; water rates and rate schedules; judicial review; costs; expenses; construction; liability; and other matters. Limits home rule powers.

Sponsor:Emanuel Chris Welch

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1556&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=86680&SessionID=88

IRWA Postition: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take – This bill has the potential of helping a few of our members but as introduced is a little vague.  IRWA will remain neutral until more information can be obtained.

 

HB3087 – LOCAL GOVT-POST RECORDS

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Local Records Act. Requires a unit of local government or school district with an annual budget of $1 million or more to maintain an Internet website and post to that website, for the current calendar or fiscal year, as the case may be, the following information: (1) contact information for elected and appointed officials; (2) notice of and materials prepared for regular and emergency meetings; (3) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district; (4) annual budget; (5) ordinances under which the unit of local government or school district operates; (6) procedures to apply for building permits and zoning variances; (7) financial reports and audits; (8) information concerning employee compensation; (9) contracts with lobbying firms; (10) taxes and fees imposed by the unit of local government or school district; (11) rules governing the award of contracts; (12) bids and contracts worth $25,000 or more; (13) campaign contributions made by a vendor; (14) a debt disclosure report; and (15) public notices. Sets forth requirements concerning a searchable expenditure and revenue database. Provides that any citizen who is a resident of the unit of local government or school district may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the unit of local government or school district to comply with the Internet posting requirements. Provides a posting in perpetuity clause. Limits home rule powers. Amends the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Clarifies that the webmaster must compile and update the ITAP database with information from all units of local government and school districts. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Contains a severability clause. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:Peter Breen

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3087&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=89219&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – This bill would place an undue hardship on some units of local government and as such IRWA will oppose the passage of this bill.

 

HB3090 – NOTICE BY PUBLICATION-INTERNET

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Notice By Publication Act. Provides that whenever an officer of a court, unit of local government, or school district is required by law to provide notice by publication in a newspaper, it is sufficient to publish, in lieu of the entire text of the notice, the following information: (1) a citation to the statutory basis for the requirement that the notice be published; and (2) the Internet website where the full text of the notice may be found. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:Tom Demmer - Joe Sosnowski - Ron Sandack

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3090&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=89222&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Proponent

IRWA Quick Take – Similar to HB0261 this bill has the potential of saving municipalities a considerable amount of money.  IRWA will be in support of this bill.

HB3309 – WATERWORKS CHARGE

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Township Code. Provides that a township board may by ordinance establish and collect a charge for connection to a waterworks system or sewerage system, or combined waterworks and sewerage system, to new users. Prohibits the charge from exceeding 1/6 of the user's estimated annual charges for that class of service.

Sponsor:Dwight Kay

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3309&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=89489&SessionID=88

IRWA Position:Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – This bill is similar to one that passed last year and was vetoed by the Governor.  IRWA opposed that bill and will remain in opposition on this one as well.

HB3323 – CORROSION PREVENTION STANDARDS

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate rules governing corrosion prevention projects affecting a public water supply. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Requires the Department of Transportation to promulgate rules governing corrosion prevention projects affecting eligible bridges. Provides for consideration of industry standards and the handling of hazardous materials. Defines terms.

Sponsor:Jay Hoffman

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3323&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=89505&SessionID=88

IRWA Position:Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – This bill could stand to cost water systems a considerable amount of money and IRWA will be opposed to this bill as introduced

HB3559 – IEPA GRANTS-TAXING AUTHORITIES

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that local taxing authorities may receive grants under the Water Pollution Control Loan Program. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:Sheri L Jesiel

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3559&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=89748&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – Until more information is obtained on this bill IRWA will be opposed.

HB3830 – ILLINOIS COOPERATIVE ACT

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Illinois Cooperative Act. Repeals the Co-operative Act. Provides for the organization, operation, and regulation of cooperatives. Provides that cooperatives are not-for-profit entities. Sets forth requirements for articles of incorporation, amendments, number of incorporators, and voting rights. Provides for regulation by the Secretary of State. Sets forth requirements for directors. Defines terms. Provides for liquidation, consolidation, and dissolution of cooperatives.

Sponsor:Will Guzzardi

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3830&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=90040&SessionID=88

IRWA Position:Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – It is generally thought that the cooperative act referred to agricultural co-ops (fruits, vegetables, grain, etc.) and not water co-ops.  Until we have assurances that this legislation will not have a negative impact on water co-ops, NFPs, etc. we will oppose the bill.

HB3963 – UTILITY-UNACCOUNTED-FOR WATER

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act, a municipality may not retroactively bill for unaccounted-for water that predates by more than 2 years the installation of a new meter or repair of an existing meter. Amends the Public Water District Act, the Water Service District Act, the Water Authorities Act, the Water Commission Act, and the Public Utilities Act making similar changes. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:Joe Sosnowski

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3963&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=90178&SessionID=88

IRWA Position: Opponent

IRWA Quick Take – If passed, this bill would not allow any municipality, water district, water commission, water authority, or public utility to retroactively bill for unaccounted-for water that predates the installation of a new meter or repair of an existing meter by more than 2 years.  While we may agree that inaccurate readings or billings should have been corrected within 2 years there should also be a clause stating that “unless tampering by the consumer caused the inaccuracies”.  IRWA will be opposed to this bill.

HB4122 – EPA-WATER REVOLVING FUND

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Makes a change to a purpose for which the Water Pollution Control Loan Program shall be used. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:Elaine Nekritz

Bill Status:http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=4122&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=90342&SessionID=88

IRWA Position:Proponent

IRWA Quick Take – This bill makes a technical change to the Environmental Protection Act.  The language change will allow for the CWA SRF funds to be distributed for projects and activities in a manner that mirrors what is allowed by the Federal Government.   IRWA supports this legislation.