Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Terrorism Article of the Criminal Code of 1961. Defines "endangering the food supply" and "endangering the water supply". Provides that endangering the food supply or endangering the water supply constitutes an act of terrorism. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Changes the definition of "contagious or infectious disease" to a specific disease designated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as contagious or infectious under rules pertaining to the Illinois Diseased Animals Act. Provides that the definition of "endangering the food supply" does not include bona fide experiments and actions related to those experiments carried on by commonly recognized research facilities or actions by agricultural producers and animal health professionals who may inadvertently contribute to the spread of detrimental biological agents while employing generally acceptable management practices. Provides that the definition of "endangering the water supply" does not include contamination of a public or private well or water reservoir or any water supply of a public utility that may occur inadvertently as part of the operation of a public utility or electrical generating station. Provides that the definition of "terrorist act" does not include acts that occur inadvertently and as the result of operation of the facility that produces or distributes electricity, gas, oil, or other fuel.