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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.

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 inbitants include storm water utility charges to offset the cost of owning, maintaining, and improving local storm water infrastructure.

Sponsor: David Koehler

Bill Status SB213

IRWA Position: Support

IRWA Quick Take: IRWA will be in support of this bill as it is a companion bill to HB825

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: Robert Peters

Bill Status SB1270

IRWA Position: Opposed

IRWA Quick Take: This is a companion bill to HB3327 and will be opposed by IRWA as well.

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Requires that the Agency define "microplastics" and examine the role of microplastics in public drinking water. Requires the Agency to publicly disclose the results of its testing and reporting. Provides that the Agency, if appropriate, is to consider issuing a notification level to aid consumer interpretations. Requires the Agency to accredit qualified laboratories in Illinois to analyze microplastics.

Sponsor: Julie A. Morrison

Bill Status SB1392

IRWA Position: Neutral

IRWA Quick Take:IRWA will be researching this legislation in more detail and will stand neutral at this time.

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: Heather A. Steans

Bill Status SB1532

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: This a companion bill to HB3445 and will be opposed as well.

 

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that "public utility company" means: (1) a privately owned public utility as defined and regulated under the Public Utilities Act; (2) a public utility that is owned and operated by any political subdivision, public institution of higher education, or municipal corporation of this State; or (3) a public utility that is owned by a political subdivision, public institution of higher education, or municipal corporation and operated, wholly or in part, by any of its lessees or operating agents. Makes other changes.

Sponsor: Jason A. Barickman

Bill Status SB1649

IRWA Position: Oppose

IRWA Quick Take: This bill has the appearance of being financially burdensome to small utilities and IRWA will be opposing it until such time as it is comfortable it will not be a hardship.


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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

 

 


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