Illinois Legislative Update – March 23, 2021

Dan Reitz | IOGA Lobbyist

The House and Senate still continue to hold virtual committees.  Both chambers met last week in the Capitol and the Senate is in session this week.  All bills are due to be reported from a standing committee on March 26, but the Senate is extending the deadline now to April 16 and the House could do the same. Both chambers start spring break next week and are scheduled back in session on April 13.

State Representative Andre Thapedi resigned from the 32nd House District. Democrat party leaders will appoint his replacement.

House Republicans announced their legislative priorities in its Reimagine Illinois platform, including four “common sense” areas: ethics reform, fiscally responsible leadership, growing jobs, and ensuring public safety. Republicans are pushing for pension reform to address the state’s structural deficit.

Partial Watch List

House Bill 165 (Bennett-R) creates a Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Legislation Task Force. An amendment has been filed to change the task force to a study completed by the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute with a science-based overview of carbon capture’s potential in Illinois.

House Bill 166 (Bennett-R) creates a new Carbon Dioxide Geologic Storage program requiring reservoir permits by the Department of Natural Resources.

House Bill 3092 (Harper-D) requires EPA to analyze impact on environmental justice communities for permits.

House Bill 804 (A. Williams-D), the Clean Energy Jobs Act focusing on carbon reduction and job creation, passed from the House Energy & Environment Committee and is now on House Second Reading. Representative Williams agreed to continue negotiating the bill. The bill aims at committing Illinois to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

House Bill 2493 (Meier-R)  Provides that money received under the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act shall be used only for the payment of pension obligations of the State of Illinois.  Assigned to Sales, Amusement, & Other Taxes Subcommittee.

Senate Bill 2005, Senate Bill 2514 & House Bill 166 create a permitting process and implement a fee of $0.08 per ton of carbon dioxide. All are opposed by environmental advocates.

Continue to watch other bills that are bad for business and could potentially impact IOGA.

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