Sen. Christopher Belt

Filed: 3/31/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2089 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Department of Natural Resources Act is
5amended by changing Section 1-15 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 801/1-15)
7    Sec. 1-15. General powers and duties.
8    (a) It shall be the duty of the Department to investigate
9practical problems, implement studies, conduct research and
10provide assistance, information and data relating to the
11technology and administration of the natural history,
12entomology, zoology, and botany of this State; the geology and
13natural resources of this State; the water and atmospheric
14resources of this State; and the archeological and cultural
15history of this State.
16    (b) The Department (i) shall obtain, store, and process



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1relevant data; recommend technological, administrative, and
2legislative changes and developments; cooperate with other
3federal, state, and local governmental research agencies,
4facilities, or institutes in the selection of projects for
5study; cooperate with the Board of Higher Education and with
6the public and private colleges and universities in this State
7in developing relevant interdisciplinary approaches to
8problems; and evaluate curricula at all levels of education
9and provide assistance to instructors and (ii) may sponsor an
10annual conference of leaders in government, industry, health,
11and education to evaluate the state of this State's
12environment and natural resources.
13    (c) The Director, in accordance with the Personnel Code,
14shall employ such personnel, provide such facilities, and
15contract for such outside services as may be necessary to
16carry out the purposes of the Department. Maximum use shall be
17made of existing federal and state agencies, facilities, and
18personnel in conducting research under this Act.
19    (d) In addition to its other powers, the Department has
20the following powers:
21        (1) To obtain, store, process, and provide data and
22    information related to the powers and duties of the
23    Department under this Act. This subdivision (d)(1) does
24    not give authority to the Department to require reports
25    from nongovernmental sources or entities.
26        (2) To cooperate with and support the Illinois Science



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1    and Technology Advisory Committee and the Illinois
2    Coalition for the purpose of facilitating the effective
3    operations and activities of such entities. Support may
4    include, but need not be limited to, providing space for
5    the operations of the Committee and the Illinois
6    Coalition.
7    (e) The Department is authorized to make grants to local
8not-for-profit organizations for the purposes of development,
9maintenance and study of wetland areas.
10    (f) The Department has the authority to accept, receive
11and administer on behalf of the State any gifts, bequests,
12donations, income from property rental and endowments. Any
13such funds received by the Department shall be deposited into
14the Natural Resources Fund, a special fund which is hereby
15created in the State treasury, and used for the purposes of
16this Act or, when appropriate, for such purposes and under
17such restrictions, terms and conditions as are predetermined
18by the donor or grantor of such funds or property. Any accrued
19interest from money deposited into the Natural Resources Fund
20shall be reinvested into the Fund and used in the same manner
21as the principal. The Director shall maintain records which
22account for and assure that restricted funds or property are
23disbursed or used pursuant to the restrictions, terms or
24conditions of the donor.
25    (g) The Department shall recognize, preserve, and promote
26our special heritage of recreational hunting and trapping by



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1providing opportunities to hunt and trap in accordance with
2the Wildlife Code.
3    (h) Within 5 years after the effective date of this
4amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, the Department
5shall fly a United States Flag, an Illinois flag, and a POW/MIA
6flag at all State parks. Donations may be made by groups and
7individuals to the Department's Special Projects Fund for
8costs related to the implementation of this subsection.
9(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 91-582, eff. 8-14-99;
1092-326, eff. 8-9-01.)".