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IRWA Legislative Watch

Senate Bills
SB196 – 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: Melinda Bush

Bill Status SB196

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to HB2124 and will be supported by IRWA as well.

SB213 – MUNI CD-STORM WATER DISPOSAL
SB01270 – LEAD IN DRINKING WATER-PARKS
SB1392 – EPA-MICROPLASTICS
SB1532 – LEAD SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT
SB1649 – PREVAILING WAGE PUBLIC UTILITY
SB1724 – 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: Napoleon Harris, III

Bill Status SB1724

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This a companion bill to HB2759 and IRWA will take a neutral position at this time.
SB1847 – IEPA-NOTICE-NEW FACILITY
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that NPDES permit applications are deemed approved if not approved or denied by the Environmental Protection Agency within 120 days after being filed with the Agency.

Sponsor: Antonio Muñoz

Bill Status SB1847

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: This legislation will require the IEPA provide notice to the State Senator and State Representative of the district where a new facility will be located as well as post it on their website. IRWA will take a neutral position at this time.
SB2027 – EPA -IL CLEAN WATER FUND
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Codifies the findings and recommendations of the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force established under P.A. 100-0403. Provides that the Environmental Protection Agency shall identify unlined, thinly covered legacy landfills for inspection and study the landfills after prioritizing them based on potential hazards to surface water and groundwater resources. Prescribes required qualifications for Agency inspectors designated to identify and inspect legacy landfills. Provides that the Agency shall collect and archive information about landfills for present and long-term use, including manifests and engineering records. Provides that the Agency shall assemble location information about industries and companies that generate waste and that the resulting records should be available for use as confidential information by regulatory agencies but shall not be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Amends the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Agency, in consultation and cooperation with the Illinois State Geological Survey and the Illinois State Water Survey, shall design and implement a Pilot Project at the Pekin Metro Landfill in Tazewell County, to be completed by December 31, 2020. Provides that the Pilot Program shall perform specified tasks.

Sponsor: Scott M. Bennett

Bill Status SB2027

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This legislation will require IEPA to study landfills over the Mahomet Aquifer. Protecting the source of water for 100,000s of people is something that should be done. IRWA will support this legislation at this time.
SB2073 – GROUNDWATER PROTECTION-MAHOMET
Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act. Creates the Mahomet Aquifer Council. Provides that 9 public members shall be appointed to the Council by the Governor, including 3 persons representing a nonprofit consortium dedicated to the sustainability of the Mahomet Aquifer, 5 persons representing local government bodies located over the Mahomet Aquifer, and one person from the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute. Provides that the chairperson's term shall be for one year, and a Council member's term shall be for 3 years. Allows reimbursement to members for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, except that such reimbursement shall be limited to expenses associated with no more than 4 meetings per calendar year. Requires the Agency to provide the Council with such supporting services as are reasonable for the performance of the Council's duties. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Chapin Rose

Bill Status SB2073

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: This legislation will help protect the source of water for 100,000s of people and IRWA is in support of this legislation at this time.
SB2146 – 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: Ram Villivalam - Jacqueline Y. Collins and Laura Fine

Bill Status SB2146

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take:This is a companion bill to HB3349 and IRWA will be in support of this bill as well.