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HB0305 - MUNICIPAL CONVENTION EXPENSES
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that public funds shall not be expended by a municipality for expenses connected with a convention or gathering of municipal personnel. Provides that a State agency may not expend public funds for expenses connected with the renting or procurement of booths, hospitality suites, or other physical spaces at a convention or gathering of municipal personnel. Provides that a "convention or gathering of municipal personnel" means a gathering of employees or contractors from 2 or more separately domiciled or geographically separated municipalities in a gathering that is sponsored or co-sponsored by a league or association that includes 2 or more municipalities. Provides that the restrictions do not apply to public funds expended at a convention or gathering of public safety personnel, at a convention or gathering relating to economic development and tourism promotion, pursuant to a contract entered into before the effective date of the amendatory Act, or funds appropriated and expended by a municipality if specified procedures are followed. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: David McSweeney

Bill Status HB0305

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take – As introduced, this bill would bar any municipality from paying the expenses for someone to attend conferences/conventions. Since conferences are the main source of continuing education units for water and wastewater operators, IRWA is opposing this legislation.

HB825 - MUNI CD-STORM WATER DISPOSAL
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Combined Waterworks and Sewerage Systems Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. Modifies the definition of "sewerage system" to include storm water collection, treatment, and distribution infrastructure and disposal of storm water. Provides that charges a municipality may charge to inhabitants include storm water utility charges to offset the cost of owning, maintaining, and improving local storm water infrastructure.

Sponsor: Anthony DeLuca

Bill Status HB825

IRWA Position: Support

 

HB2104 - DECO LOW INCOME WATER ASSIST

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that on or before January 1, 2022, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall conduct a study for the funding and implementation of the Low-Income Water Assistance Program. Provides requirements for the study. Provides that on or before February 1, 2022, the Department shall report to the General Assembly on its findings regarding the feasibility, financial stability, and desired structure of the Program. Repeals the provisions on February 1, 2023.

Sponsor: Rep. Sonya M. Harper

Bill Status HB2104

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take –This bill would create a low-income water bill assistance program similar to the one currently in place for heating and cooling. IRWA will remain neutral until information can be obtained on how this program is to be funded.

HB2124 – OPEN MEETINGS ACT-EXCEPTIONS
Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a public body may hold a closed meeting to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific independent contractors, or specific volunteers (currently, only specific employees) of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, independent contractor, or volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. Effective immediately.

Sponsor:
Emanuel Chris Welch

Bill Status HB2124

IRWA Position:
Support

IRWA Quick Take – Currently, closed meetings may be held to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees only. This legislation will add independent contractor, volunteer, and legal counsel to the list. IRWA will be supporting the bill as introduced.

HB2128 – INC TX-LEAD PIPE REMOVAL

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an income tax credit for taxpayers who replace a lead water service pipe with a copper water service pipe at a qualified residence. Provides that the credit shall be equal to the lesser of (i) 25% of the cost of replacing the lead water service pipes in each taxable year for which the credit is taken or (ii) $2,500 in each such taxable year. Provides that the credit may be taken for the taxable year in which the pipes are replaced and in each of the next 3 consecutive years. Provides that the term "qualified residence" means a single-family residence that is owned and occupied by the taxpayer as his or her primary residence. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: John C. D'Amico

Bill Status HB2128

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take –IRWA will be supporting the bill as it was introduced. Giving home owners a tax incentive to replace their lead service line may reduce the financial burden on the water supplier.

HB2283 - OPEN MEETINGS POSTING RECORDS

Amends the Open Meetings Act. Requires a unit of local government or school district with an operating budget of $1 million or more to maintain an Internet website and post to that website, for the current calendar or fiscal year, the following information: (1) information about elected and appointed officials; (2) notice of and materials prepared for meetings; (3) procedures for requesting information from the unit of local government or school district; (4) annual budget; (5) ordinances; (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) a debt disclosure report; and (14) public notices. 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. Limits home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Sponsor: Thomas Morrison

Bill Status HB2283

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take - As introduced, this bill would place a burden on smaller systems that may not have the resources to comply with the legislation if passed. IRWA will oppose this bill.

HB2392 - UTILITY-WATER/SEWER REFERENDUM
Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions about procedures for a large public utility to acquire a water or sewer utility, provides that if the water or sewer utility being acquired is owned by the State or a political subdivision of the State, a referendum will be required to approve the acquisition of the water or sewer utility by the large public utility (rather than only requiring a public meeting and publication of the terms of acquisition in a newspaper of general circulation in the area that the water or sewer utility operates). Effective immediately.

Sponsor:
John Connor

Bill Status HB2392


IRWA Position:
Neutral

IRWA Quick Take
– As introduced, this bill would require that any political subdivision of the State would be required to pass a referendum prior to selling their water or wastewater system. IRWA will be supporting this bill as introduced.
HB2484 - PROP TAX-WATER TREAT FACILITY
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that for providing to the Department of Revenue the Director of Natural Resources and shall be assessed by the Department of Revenue (rather than by proof of a valid facility number issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency). Deletes language regarding the approval procedure for a qualifying water treatment facility, except for language regarding the effective date of certificates. Makes a technical correction concerning a reference to the Department of Natural Resources.

Sponsor: Dave Severin

Bill Status HB2484

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: – IRWA is in support of this bill as it will streamline the process NFP water suppliers go through to receive real estate tax exemption on water towers, pump stations, etc.
HB2650 – IEPA-WATER REVOLVING FUND
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt rules to expand the usage of federally allowable set-aside programs within the Water Revolving Fund, including, but not limited to, programs that provide financial assistance to utilities exploring consolidation or other collaborative approaches with separate utilities for the purpose of improving efficiency, sustainable water management, and equitable water rates.
Effective immediately

Sponsor: Robert Rita

Bill Status HB2650

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA is in support of this bill as it will assist systems that are looking to consolidate or partner with others in an effort to improve efficiency and keep rates affordable.
HB2695 – EPA-NPDES DISCHARGE FEE-CITIES
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that a specified discharge fee shall not apply to a city with a population of 10,000 or less. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Joe Sosnowski

Bill Status HB 2695

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This bill has been introduced several times but has not seen much action. IRWA will be supporting this bill once again this session.
HB2759 – IL WATER SURVEY-WATER RATES
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the University of Illinois Scientific Surveys Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation, no later than December 1, 2020, the Illinois State Water Survey, in coordination with the Department of Public Health, must issue a report evaluating the setting of water rates throughout Illinois; specifies report requirements. Provides that in developing the report, the Illinois State Water Survey shall form an advisory committee; provides for the committee's membership. Provides that no later than 60 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Illinois State Water Survey must provide an opportunity for public comment on the questions to be addressed in the report, the metrics to be used, and the recommendations that need to be issued. Repeals the provision on January 1, 2021. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: La Shawn K. Ford

Bill Status HB2759

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: Until more data is gathered on this bill, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.
HB3108 – UTILITIES-WATER PRICING REPORT
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that, on April 1 of each year beginning the year after the effective date of the amendatory Act, privately held public water utilities shall provide annual reports to the Illinois Commerce Commission with specified information for each district served by the utility. Provides that privately held public water utilities shall provide to the local emergency services disaster agency any reports discussing the condition of the system in each district for the previous calendar year with information relevant to public safety. Provides that the utilities shall certify the accuracy of the information provided in the reports. Provides that the provisions do not apply to nonprofit water utilities that are exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(12) of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Ryan Spain

Bill Status HB3108

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This bill will only apply to for profit water companies. However, IRWA will continue to track this bill to ensure it does not crossover to municipalities. IRWA will be taking a neutral position.
HB3184 – WATER-ANDROGEN/ESTROGEN
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Water Supply Regulation Act. Provides that, when testing water, public water supplies shall test for androgen and estrogen receptor compounds. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Deanne M. Mazzochi

Bill Status HB3184

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: Until it can be demonstrated that these compounds are a true and definite problem in the water supplies of Illinois, IRWA will be opposing the bill.
HB3327 – LEAD IN DRINKING WATER PARKS
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Illinois Plumbing License Law. Provides that each park district, municipal park and recreation agency, or special recreation agency shall test each source of potable water in a park that serves children under 6 years old for lead contamination. Provides requirements for testing and notification. Provides requirements for requests seeking waiver of testing. Provides that the owner or operator of a community water system may agree to pay for the cost of the laboratory analysis of the test samples.

Sponsor: Celina Villanueva

Bill Status HB3327

IRWA Position:
Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA will be opposing this bill as it is another unfunded mandate.
HB3349 – CLEAN WATER WORKFORCE PIPELINE
Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall create a Clean Water Workforce Pipeline Program to provide grants and other financial assistance to prepare and support individuals for careers in water infrastructure. Provides specified groups that may be provided with grants and other financial assistance on a competitive annual basis. Directs the Department to coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Finance Authority, and other State agencies that provide financial support for water infrastructure projects. Provides that the Department may select a Program Administrator. Provides that recipients of grants or other financial assistance under the Program shall report annually to the Department. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Clean Water Workforce Development Fund.

Sponsor: Justin Slaughter

Bill Status HB3349


IRWA Position:
Support

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA will be in support of this bill as it will assist interested parties through the process of becoming certified water and/or wastewater operators.
HB3445 – LEAD SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT
Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Reduction of Lead Service Lines Act. Requires community water supplies to identify and replace all lead service lines that connect to a water main. Provides that every community water supply in Illinois that has known lead service lines shall create a plan, to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency for approval, to replace all lead service lines and galvanized service lines if the service line is or was connected to lead piping. Provides that, within legal bounds, a community water supply shall have the authority to access private property and private residences for the sole purpose of identifying or replacing lead service lines or galvanized service lines. Provides that no person shall replace a portion of a lead service line without replacing the entirety of the line at the same time, except in cases of emergency repair. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to establish a comprehensive low-income water assistance policy and program. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Removes references to unaccounted-for water and replaces them with references to nonrevenue water. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission may allow or direct a water utility to establish a customer assistance program. Provides that certain entities that serve or provide water or sewer services shall prepare a summary of the cost of service for a given calendar year. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.

Bill Status HB3445

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: For many reasons, IRWA will be opposing this bill again this session. A companion bill (SB1532) has been filed in the Senate.
HB3507 – UNDERGROUND-IT INFRASTRUCTURE
Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act. Includes, in the definition of "underground utility facilities", wires, ducts, fiber optic cable, conduits, pipes, sewers, and cables and their appurtenances installed underground for information technology infrastructure, equipment, systems, software, networks, and processes used to create, send, receive, and store electronic or digital information, including computer systems, telecommunication services and systems, and future technologies.

Sponsor: Rep. John Connor

Bill Status HB3507

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: As introduced, this bill will expand the definition of underground facilities and better protect excavators from damaging them. IRWA will be supporting the bill.