Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Motor Fuel Tax Law, the Public Utilities Act, and the Illinois Vehicle Code. Transfers from the Illinois Commerce Commission to the Department of Transportation all the Commission's functions, powers, and duties related to railroads. Provides for procedures and the exercise of authority necessary to effectuate the transfer. Provides that the Commission and the Secretary of Transportation shall adopt rules for implementing the transfer. Provides that the Secretary of Transportation shall adopt rules governing the maintenance of safe walkways for railroad workers. Deletes language requiring any freight train operating outside a railroad yard to be equipped with a radio communication system. Provides that, in accordance with federal railroad safety laws, the Department has authority to adopt rules and issue orders covering every area of railroad safety. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2004.
Housing Affordability Impact Note (Housing Development Authority)
This legislation will have no effect on constructing, purchasing, owning, or selling a single-family residence.
Pension Note (Economic and Fiscal Commission)
This legislation would not impact any public pension fund or retirement system in Illinois.
State Debt Impact Note (Economic and Fiscal Commission)
Would not affect the level of State indebtedness.
Fiscal Note (Illinois Commerce Commission)
The cost to the State for House Bill 4881 is expected to be approximately $10,000. These expenses would be related to the movement of staff's offices, phones, and computers to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Additionally, the Illinois Commerce Commission's budget would decrease by approximately $2.7 million with a comparable increase to IDOT's budget.
Home Rule Note (Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity)
In the opinion of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, this legislation does not pre-empt home rule authority.