90th General Assembly
Summary of HB0279
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PROPANE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates the Propane Education and Research  Act.   Provides  that      
   propane  industry  organizations  may  conduct  a  referendum  for the      
   creation of an Illinois Propane Education and Research  Council.   The      
   Council  shall  consist  of  12  members and shall develop programs to      
   enhance consumer and employee safety  and  training,  to  provide  for      
   research  and  development, and to inform and educate the public about      
   safety and other issues associated with the use of propane.   Provides      
   for  assessments  on odorized propane which are to be collected by the      
   entity which  is  the  owner  of  odorized  propane  at  the  time  of      
   odorization  or  at the time of import of odorized propane and paid to      
   the Council on a monthly basis.  Those  assessed  may  apply  for  and      
   receive a refund from the Council in the amount of the assessment.  No      
   assessment funds may be used for lobbying.  The price of propane shall      
   be  determined  by market forces and assessment fees may not be passed      
   on to consumers.                                                            
          FISCAL NOTE (Dept. of Agriculture)                                   
          HB 279 of the IDOA would be minimal; until it is amended, the        
          potential fiscal impact on IDOA is $5,000 to $10,000.                
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Deletes everything and replaces it with language similar  to  the      
   bill as introduced but adds that the Director of Agriculture may serve      
   as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Council, adds a 1% per month      
   penalty  for late payment of assessments to the Council, provides that      
   those who obtain refunds of the assessment levied against them are not      
   eligible for any benefits provided under the Council's  programs,  and      
   provides  that the Council shall notify the Director of the Department      
   of Agriculture of the name, address, and propane-related  affiliation,      
   if any, of new Council members.  Makes other changes.                       
          FISCAL NOTE, AMENDED (Dept. of Agriculture)                          
          With H-am 1, HB 279 would have no fiscal impact on IDOA.             
          STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE, AMENDED                                  
          In the opinion of DCCA, HB279, amended, fails to create a            
          State mandate.                                                       
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: 99-01-12

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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