The first Spring Session of the 99th Illinois General Assembly came to an official end on May 31, but legislators have not seen the last of Springfield. Both the House of Representatives and the State Senate passed FY 2016 budget bills but it appears that Governor Bruce Rauner does not find them acceptable, so legislators will return to work in early June.
On the other hand, final legislative action was taken on some energy policy bills that had been introduced during the session:
House Bill 1326 (Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana and Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign) – would prohibit dumping of PCB’s and manufactured gas plant cleanup residue at land-fills which are located above the Mahomet aquifer. Passed both Houses. Approved by the House by vote of 104-10 and by the Senate by vote of 57-0.
House Bill 3766 (Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur and Sen. Dan Biss, D-Glenview) – would limit the amount utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers could charge customers as an early termination fee. Passed both Houses. Approved by the House by vote of 114-0 and by the Senate by vote of 56-0.
Senate Bill 418 (Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill and Rep. Art Turner, D-Chicago).—would allow for payment of administrative costs associated with the carryover from one program year to the next of state LIHEAP funds. Passed both Houses. Approved by the Senate by vote of 56-0 and by the House by vote of 115-0.
Senate Bill 1645 (Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford and Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford) – would require utilities to waive their usual credit and deposit requirements for customers who are victims of domestic abuse. Passed both Houses. Approved by the Senate by vote of 53-0 and by the House by vote of 113-0.
Senate Bill 1726 (Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet and Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg) – would make changes to notice provisions regarding Illinois Commerce Commission siting of high-voltage electric transmission lines. Passed both Houses. Approved by the Senate by vote of 55-0 and by the House by vote of 116-0.
Senate Bill 1833 (Sen. Dan Biss, D-Glenview and Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago) – would expand the state’s Personal Information Protection Act to include medical, health, insurance, biometric, consumer marketing and geolocational information. Passed by both Houses. Approved by the Senate by vote of 34-16 and approved by the House by vote of 63-52.
Some major energy policy bills introduced during the Spring Session did not receive final action. House Bill 2607, House Bill 3293 and House Bill 3328 were all re-referred to House Rules Committee. Senate Bill 1485, Senate Bill 1585 and Senate Bill 1879 were all approved by committees but did not receive a final vote.