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Full Text of SB0824  95th General Assembly


Sen. Michael Bond

Filed: 3/23/2007





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 824 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act
5 is amended by changing Sections 6 and 22.03 as follows:
6     (70 ILCS 405/6)  (from Ch. 5, par. 111)
7     Sec. 6. Powers and duties. In addition to the powers and
8 duties otherwise conferred upon the Department, it shall have
9 the following powers and duties:
10     (1) To offer such assistance as may be appropriate to the
11 directors of soil and water conservation districts, organized
12 as provided hereinafter, in the carrying out of any of the
13 powers and programs.
14     (2) To keep the directors of each of said several districts
15 informed of the activities and experience of other such
16 districts, and to facilitate an interchange of advice and



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1 experience between such districts and cooperation between
2 them.
3     (3) To coordinate the programs of the several districts so
4 far as this may be done by advice and consultation.
5     (4) To seek the cooperation and assistance of the United
6 States and of agencies of this State, in the work of such
7 districts.
8     (5) To disseminate information throughout the State
9 concerning the formation of such districts, and to assist in
10 the formation of such districts in areas where their
11 organization is desirable.
12     (6) To consider, review, and express its opinion concerning
13 any rules, regulations, ordinances or other action of the board
14 of directors of any district and to advise such board of
15 directors accordingly.
16     (7) To prepare and submit to the Director of the Department
17 an annual budget.
18     (8) To develop and coordinate a comprehensive State erosion
19 and sediment control program, including guidelines to be used
20 by districts in implementing this program. In developing this
21 program, the Department may consult with and request technical
22 assistance from local, State and federal agencies, and may
23 consult and advise with technically qualified persons and with
24 the soil and water conservation districts. The guidelines
25 developed may be revised from time to time as necessary.
26     (9) To promote among its members the management of marginal



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1 agricultural and other rural lands for forestry, consistent
2 with the goals and purposes of the "Illinois Forestry
3 Development Act".
4     Nothing in this Act shall authorize the Department or any
5 district to regulate or control point source discharges to
6 waters.
7     (10) To make grants subject to annual appropriation from
8 the the Build Illinois Bond Fund or any other sources,
9 including the federal government, to Soil and Water
10 Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation
11 Service. After a grant amount has been determined for a Soil
12 and Water Conservation District or the Natural Resources
13 Conservation Service, but not fully expended, that amount may,
14 upon consultation with the Soil and Water Conservation District
15 or the Natural Resources Conservation Council, be reduced by an
16 amount less than the amount that remains unexpended, in order
17 to make supplemental grants to a different Soil and Water
18 Conservation District or to the Natural Resources Conservation
19 Service Soil Conservation Service.
20     (11) To provide payment for outstanding health care costs
21 of Soil and Water Conservation District employees incurred
22 between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1996 that were
23 eligible for reimbursement from the District's insurance
24 carrier, Midcontinent Medical Benefit Trust, but have not been
25 paid to date by Midcontinent. All claims shall be filed with
26 the Department on or before January 30, 1998 to be considered



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1 for payment under the provisions of this amendatory Act of
2 1997. The Department shall approve or reject claims based upon
3 documentation and in accordance with established procedures.
4 The authority granted under this item (11) expires on September
5 1, 1998.
6     Nothing in this Act shall authorize the Department in any
7 district to regulate or curtail point source discharges to
8 waters.
9 (Source: P.A. 94-91, eff. 7-1-05.)
10     (70 ILCS 405/22.03)  (from Ch. 5, par. 127.3)
11     Sec. 22.03. Cooperation with other entities.
12     (a) To cooperate, or enter into agreements with, and within
13 the limits of appropriations duly made available to it by law,
14 to furnish financial or other aid to, any agency, governmental
15 or otherwise, or any owner or occupier of lands within the
16 district, in the carrying on of erosion-control and flood
17 prevention operations within the district, subject to such
18 conditions as the directors may deem necessary to advance the
19 purposes of this Act.
20     (b) If property is located outside of the district but is
21 administered within the district for the purpose of U.S.
22 Department of Agriculture programs, then, for the purpose of
23 this Section, that property is deemed to be within the
24 district.
25 (Source: Laws 1955, p. 189.)".