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Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Lead in Schools Reporting Act. Provides that on an annual basis the Department of Public Health, in coordination with local departments of public health serving the City of Chicago, shall conduct specified lead testing at public school facilities within the City. Provides that the results from such testing shall be transmitted to the State Board of Education. Provides that the Department shall notify the State Board if a detected lead level meets a level that the Department deems unsafe. Amends the School Code. Provides that the school report cards for the Chicago school district shall include lead testing results and that students in the district may transfer from one attendance center to another attendance center within or outside of the district if any lead levels at his or her current attendance center meet a level that the Department deems unsafe. Makes other changes to the provisions concerning transfers.

Sponsor: Mary E. Flowers

Bill Status HB78

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: As introduced, this bill would only apply to the City of Chicago and schools within that city.  IRWA is taking a neutral position on this legislation.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires all water main-related appurtenances, including fire hydrants and valves, to be included in the Environmental Protection Agency's written approval of a proposed water main installation project.

Sponsor: Jeff Keicher

Bill Status HB164

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: As introduced, this bill would only codify what is pretty well being done across the board.  At this time, IRWA is taking a neutral position on this legislation.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Water Quality Assurance Act. Provides that new and existing health care facilities and buildings containing health care facilities shall develop and implement water management programs with specified elements to control the growth and spread of opportunistic pathogens. Requires specified persons to develop and implement a routine culture sampling plan for all building water systems. Requires health care facilities to perform remediation of identified opportunistic pathogens. Provides that the Department of Public Health or agent health departments may enter at reasonable times upon private or public property for the purpose of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of the Act. Requires health care facilities to register with the Department all building water systems within 120 days of the Act's effective date and to provide specified information. Contains other provisions. Establishes the Water Quality Assurance Fund as a special fund in the State treasury and makes a conforming change in the State Finance Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall implement, administer, and enforce the Act and may adopt rules it deems necessary to do so. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that the Code shall not apply to procurement expenditures necessary for the Department to respond to an infectious disease outbreak response or to procurement expenditures that are necessary for a State agency's facility to implement critical recommendations provided by the Department in response to an infectious disease outbreak. Effective January 1, 2022.

Sponsor: Natalie A Manley

Bill Status HB291

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take – This bill would require health care facilities to develop and implement water management programs. Water management has been overlooked in the past and has recently been identified as one of the leading causes in some water borne diseases.  IRWA will be in support of this legislation and will track it closely for any changes.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Water and Sewer Financial Assistance Act. Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is authorized to institute the water and sewer assistance program. Provides that any person who is a resident of the State of Illinois and whose household income is not greater than an amount determined annually by the Department may apply for assistance. Provides that in determining the amounts of assistance to be provided to or on behalf of a qualified applicant, the Department shall ensure that the highest amounts of assistance go to households with the greatest need for financial assistance in relation to household income by considering specified factors. Provides that each water or sewer provider shall assess each of its customer accounts a monthly Water and Sewer Assistance Charge to be deposited into the Water and Sewer Low-Income Assistance Fund. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Water and Sewer Low-Income Assistance Fund. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that specified water or sewer utilities shall be allowed to offer a financial assistance program designed for bill payment assistance for low-income customers in accordance with the Water and Sewer Financial Assistance Act. Provides that the costs of a financial assistance program offered by a water or sewer utility shall be reimbursed from the Water and Sewer Low-Income Assistance Fund. Effective immediately.


Sponsor:
LaToya Greenwood

Bill Status HB414

IRWA Position:
Oppose

IRWA Quick Take – This bill provides that any person who is a resident of the State of Illinois and whose household income is not greater than an amount determined annually by the Department may apply for assistance with their water/sewer bills.  To pay for this assistance, it further provides that each water or sewer provider shall assess each of its customer accounts a monthly Water and Sewer Assistance Charge to be deposited into the Water and Sewer Low-Income Assistance Fund.  As written, this bill would see fees being paid in one system paying the water bills in another.  IRWA will be opposing this bill in its current form.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that a public utility that provides both water and wastewater services may request in a general rate case proceeding that the Illinois Commerce Commission allocate a portion of the public utility's wastewater service revenue requirement for recovery through water service base rates, allocate a portion of the public utility's water service revenue requirement through wastewater base rates, or for the combination of that public utility's water service and wastewater service revenue requirements. Provides that as part of any proceeding, the public utility shall present evidence to establish, and the Commission shall consider, specified factors. Provides that if the Commission finds that an allocation or combination is in the public interest, the Commission shall enter an order approving such allocation or combination of the public utility's water and wastewater service revenue. Provides that the water service revenue requirement or wastewater service revenue requirement may not be increased by more than 3.5% through an allocation from the water service revenue requirement or wastewater service revenue requirement. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: LaToya Greenwood

Bill Status HB415

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: As this bill only pertains to investor-owned utilities, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that within 180 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Pollution Control Board shall adopt amendments to the rules adopted under specified provisions to require groundwater monitoring at all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations. Provides that the groundwater monitoring requirements adopted under specified provisions shall be designed to detect and prevent any exceedance of the Board's Class I groundwater quality standards and meet specified requirements. Provides that groundwater monitoring shall be required for all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations unless, before the effective date of the amendatory Act, the owner or operator has completed post-closure maintenance and, for clean construction or demolition debris fill operations, received specified notice from the Environmental Protection Agency, or, for uncontaminated soil fill operations, submitted specified information to the Agency. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Dagmara Avelar

Bill Status HB653

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: As introduced, this bill would require groundwater monitoring at all clean construction or demolition debris fill operations and all uncontaminated soil fill operations. Many of these landfills are above aquafers that may be used as a potable water source.  Early detection of possible contamination is critical and IRWA will support oppose this bill.

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: Thaddeus Jones

Bill Status HB737

IRWA Position:
Support

IRWA Quick Take:
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.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Combined Waterworks and Sewerage Systems Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. 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: Ann M Williams

Bill Status HB1796

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA is in support of this bill as it will afford municipalities the opportunity to recoup some of the funds spent on maintaining storm water infrastructure.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Regional Water Commission Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that Municipalities may enter into joint efforts to acquire, develop, and operate a joint water supply, joint water works, or both, through intergovernmental cooperation in a regional water commission. Includes findings of the General Assembly.

Sponsor: Lawrence Walsh, Jr

Bill Status HB1863

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: As introduced, this bill is not clear in defining what a “Regional Water Commission” is so IRWA will be taking a neutral position at this time.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Reduction of Lead Service Lines Act. Contains only a short title provision.

Sponsor: Anthony DeLuca

Bill Status HB 2434

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take:This bill has been introduced as a shell bill that may be amended in the future.  IRWA will be taking a neutral position until such time it is amended.  At that time, it will be reevaluated.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Water Supply Regulation Act. Provides that, when testing water, public water supplies shall test for endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including androgen and estrogen receptor compounds. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Deanne M. Mazzochi

Bill Status HB2475

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.

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 HB2476

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.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal date of the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor's License Act from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2032. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Dan Ugaste

Bill Status HB2543

IRWA Position:
Support

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA will stand in support of this legislation as it believes that water well and pump installation contractors should be licensed.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Waterworks and Sewerage Connection Charge Division of the Illinois Municipal Code. In provisions regarding billing requirements for municipalities that operate a waterworks or combined waterworks and sewerage system, provides that, on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the provisions apply to home rule municipalities. Limits home rule powers. Effective immediately.

Sponsor: Joe Sosnowski

Bill Status HB3013


IRWA Position:
Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA will stand neutral on this bill as it extends current municipal regulations to home rule municipalities as well.

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: Edgar Gonzalez, Jr.

Bill Status HB3122

IRWA Position: Oppose


IRWA Quick Take: This bill did not pass in the last General Assembly and has been reintroduced.  IRWA will continue opposing this bill as it is another unfunded mandate.

Synopsis As Introduced: Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act. Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement Fund to be used to finance and administer programs and activities specified under the Act. Makes a conforming change in the State Finance Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to establish procedures for the collection of a specified lead in drinking water protection fee to be collected by all community water supplies. Requires the owner or operator of each community water supply to perform specified activities. Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement Advisory Board within the Agency to perform specified duties. Contains other provisions. 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 with specified requirements. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission may allow or direct a water utility to establish a customer assistance program that provides financial relief to residential customers who qualify for income-related assistance. Makes other changes. Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires specified entities to provide to the Environmental Protection Agency by December 31, 2023, and again by December 31, 2025, specified information as it relates to the cost of providing water service. Provides that the Agency shall publish the information on the Agency's website. Provides that the Agency may adopt rules setting forth the general requirements for submittal of the information. Repeals the provisions regarding the information on January 1, 2026. Repeals a Section regarding lead in drinking water notifications and inventories.


Sponsor: Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.

Bill Status HB3739

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: For many reasons, IRWA will be opposing this bill again this session.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Water Supply Regulation Act. Provides that the State or a unit of local government may not contract for the sale or lease of water resources for a period longer than 4 years, inclusive of extensions or renewals of the contract. Limits home rule powers.


Sponsor: Thaddeus Jones

Bill Status HB3765

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: This bill would limit the number of years a municipality could contract for the sale of water.  As introduced, IRWA will be opposing this bill.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that the city council of a municipality may not adopt an ordinance or resolution selling the right to use or profit from a municipal asset, including, but not limited to, water resources, without first conducting a public hearing followed by a referendum approving the sale at the election next following the public hearing.


Sponsor: Thaddeus Jones

Bill Status HB3766

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA is in support of this bill as it will give the customers that paid for their water and/or wastewater system through user fees a voice in whether or not it should be sold. SB164 is a companion bill to this and IRWA will be in support of it as well.

Synopsis As Introduced:Amends the University of Illinois Act. Provides that the water rates report for the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois must be issued no later than December 1, 2022 (instead of December 1, 2020). Provides that the water rates report for the remainder of Illinois must be issued no later than December 1, 2023 (instead of December 1, 2021). Changes the repeal date of the water rates report provisions to January 1, 2024 (instead of January 1, 2022). Effective immediately.


Sponsor: Lindsey LaPointe

Bill Status HB853


IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: Until more data is gathered on this bill, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions concerning valuation of water and sewer utilities, provides that to be included within the definition of "large public utility" an investor-owned public utility must regularly provide water or sewer service to more than 15,000 customer connections (rather than 30,000 customer connections).


Sponsor: Ann M. Williams

Bill Status HB3885

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: At this time, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the University of Illinois Act with respect to a Section requiring the Government Finance Research Center to issue a water rates report. Provides that the water rates report for the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois must be issued no later than December 1, 2022 (instead of December 1, 2020). Provides that the water rates report for the remainder of Illinois must be issued no later than December 1, 2023 (instead of December 1, 2021). Changes the repeal date of the Section to January 1, 2024 (instead of January 1, 2022). Effective immediately.


Sponsor: La Shawn K. Ford

Bill Status HB3952

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take: Until more data is gathered on this bill, IRWA will be taking a neutral position.


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