Back in March we posted a list of water resources legislation in Illinois. Quite a bit has happened since then, so we've collected updates for the various measures. Please refer back to the March post for summaries of the bills.
- The House adopted Amendment 1 on 8 April 2013, which:
- Changed the definition of public trust lands to mean the bed of Lake Michigan
- Removed the deadline for DNR’s siting matrix process
- Removed provisions for DNR to identify prohibited and preferred development areas
- Removed the provision that allowed any leases to be granted before the siting matrix was completed
- Sent to the Senate on 10 April 2013, when it went through its first reading
- Assigned the Energy Committee on 16 April 2013
- This measure went through its first and second readings in the Senate
- Was scheduled for Third Reading in 17 April 2013—we were unable to find any further updates
HB 3086–Two-Year Moratorium/Ban
- Rules Committee Deadline was extended to 30 April 2013 on March 28
- Assigned to the Revenue and Finance Committee on 28 March 2013
- Proceeded to the Finance Subcommittee on 10 April 2013
- And is finally back in the Rules Committee on 19 April 2013, suggesting that it probably will not be brought to a vote this session
- This measure is still in the Rules Committee, where it was re-referred on 22 March 2013, following the addition of a surprise amendment.
- This measure was also re-referred to the Rules Committee on 22 March 2013
- An additional floor amendment was filed on 15 April 2013, which changed some of the language of the bill
- As of 25 April 2013, the amendment has been
Oops, we missed this one:
- Introduces an alternative appraisal process for determining rate and rating making practices of large utility providers when they buy water and sewer utilities
- Allows for three appraisals of the real value of the water and sewer services; the average of the appraisals will be used to determine rate making
- Sets specific instructions on how appraisers and engineers will be chosen and how the public will be informed about changes in utility ownership
Status: This bill was introduced in the House 6 February 2013, passed the House on 19 April 2013, and is now in the Senate, where it has been assigned to the Energy Committee.