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Public Act 102-0865


 

Public Act 0865 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0865
 
SB3905 EnrolledLRB102 24413 AWJ 33647 b

    AN ACT concerning local government.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Illinois Municipal Code is amended by
adding Section 8-4-27 as follows:
 
    (65 ILCS 5/8-4-27 new)
    Sec. 8-4-27. Municipal Water and Wastewater Funding Study
Committee.
    (a) The Municipal Water and Wastewater Funding Study
Committee is established.
    (b) The Committee shall be comprised of the following
members, and the appointed members of the Committee shall be
appointed to the Committee no later than 30 days after the
effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
Assembly:
        1) The Governor, or his or her designee, who shall
    serve as chairperson.
        (2) The Director of the Illinois Environmental
    Protection Agency, or his or her designee.
        (3) One member appointed by the President of the
    Senate.
        (4) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
    Senate.
        (5) One member appointed by the Speaker of the House
    of Representatives.
        (6) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
    House of Representatives.
        (7) Members appointed by the Director of the Illinois
    Environmental Protection Agency as follows:
            (A) one member who is a representative of a
        publicly-owned drinking water or wastewater utility
        with a service population of 25,000 or less;
            (B) one member who is a representative of a
        publicly-owned drinking water or wastewater utility
        with a service population over 25,000 people to
        125,000 people;
            (C) one member who is a representative of a
        publicly-owned drinking water or wastewater utility
        with a service population over 125,000 people;
            (D) one member who is a representative of a
        statewide organization representing wastewater
        agencies; and
            (E) one member who is a representative of a
        statewide organization representing drinking water
        agencies.
The Committee shall meet at the call of the chair. Committee
members shall serve without compensation. If a vacancy occurs
in the Committee membership, the vacancy shall be filled in
the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder
of the Committee.
    (c) The Committee shall study and make recommendations
concerning any needed modifications to Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency and Illinois Pollution Control Board
regulations and policies as they relate to municipal water and
wastewater funding to ensure that the State's revolving loan
fund programs account for and prioritize the following
principles, to the fullest extent allowed by federal law:
        (1) A community shall not be deemed ineligible for
    disadvantaged community status based on size or service
    area of any size, with regard to special rates, loan
    terms, and eligibility for loan or grant funds.
        (2) In determining whether a community is
    disadvantaged, consideration should be given to impacts of
    funding on water and wastewater expenses for low-income
    populations.
        (3) In determining whether a community is eligible for
    funds and special rates or loan terms, environmental
    justice concepts should be considered.
        (4) In determining how funding is allocated, a
    community facing water supply shortages should be
    considered a high priority based on urgency of need.
        (5) The funding programs should promote formation and
    implementation of regional water partnerships.
        (6) Targeted funding should be provided for addressing
    emerging contaminants, including PFAS.
        (7) In determining eligibility for assistance, the
    role that the State revolving fund programs play for small
    communities should be understood and fully considered.
        (8) Any recommendations for changes to the programs
    must be fully consistent with federal law and must not
    adversely affect any community's eligibility for loans
    under federal law.
    (d) The Committee shall prepare a report that summarizes
its work and makes recommendations resulting from its study.
The Committee shall submit the report of its findings and
recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no
later than January 31, 2023. Once the Committee has submitted
the report to the General Assembly and Governor, the Committee
is dissolved.
    (f) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2024.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 5/13/2022