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90_HJ0051 LRB9010777KDks 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 29 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 30 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE -2- LRB9010777KDks 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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