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 1                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The current State sales tax on  coal  burned  in
 3    Illinois  raises  approximately $60 million dollars each year
 4    in revenue for the State; and
 5        WHEREAS, Ninety percent of Illinois coal is purchased  by
 6    the  electric  utility  industry,  and  about one-half of the
 7    electricity used in the State comes from coal-burning plants;
 8    and
 9        WHEREAS, The 1990 federal Clean Air Act  amendments  have
10    resulted  in fuel switching from Illinois high-sulfur coal to
11    western, low-sulfur coal to generate electricity; and
12        WHEREAS, The sale  of  Illinois  coal  has  continued  to
13    decrease,   due   primarily  to  increased  competition  from
14    western, low-sulfur coal, resulting in the loss of  thousands
15    of jobs directly related to coal mining; and
16        WHEREAS,  Illinois  coal  is  mined  in  18  counties and
17    accounts for as much as 16% of employment and 23% of personal
18    income in individual counties; and
19        WHEREAS, The coal mining industry provides  approximately
20    5,000  jobs  and more than 17,000 spin-off jobs in the State;
21    and
22        WHEREAS, Almost $800 million dollars has  been  spent  on
23    clean   coal   technology  projects  to  expand  the  use  of
24    high-sulfur Illinois coal; and
25        WHEREAS, It  is  important  to  keep  the  Illinois  coal
26    industry   competitive  because  coal  is  the  State's  most
27    abundant  and  economically   important   natural   resource;
28    therefore, be it
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 1    SENATE  CONCURRING  HEREIN,  that  a  12-member Task Force be
 2    formed to study the feasibility of eliminating the sales  tax
 3    on  Illinois  coal;  the  Task  Force  shall  consist  of the
 4    Directors, or their designees, of the Department  of  Revenue
 5    and   the  Department  of  Commerce  and Community Affairs; a
 6    member of the Illinois Coal  Development  Board  (within  the
 7    Department of Natural Resources); the President of the United
 8    Mine  Workers;  the  Vice  President  of  the  Illinois  Coal
 9    Association; one member from the Governor's office; 2 members
10    appointed by the President of the Senate; 2 members appointed
11    by  the  Speaker  of the House of Representatives; one member
12    appointed by the Minority  Leader  of  the  Senate;  and  one
13    member  appointed  by  the  Minority  Leader  of the House of
14    Representatives; appointments made by  the  General  Assembly
15    shall  be  made  within  30  days  after  this  Resolution is
16    adopted; and be it further
17        RESOLVED, That the Task Force  report  its  findings  and
18    recommendations  to  the General Assembly and the Governor no
19    later than January 1, 1999; and be it further
20        RESOLVED, That suitable  copies  of  this  resolution  be
21    delivered  to  the  Governor,  the  Speaker  of  the House of
22    Representatives, the President of the  Senate,  the  Minority
23    Leader  of  the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader
24    of the Senate, and each member of the Illinois  congressional
25    delegation.

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