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 Bill Status of HB5315  103rd General Assembly


Short Description:  SOLAR ENERGY-VIDEO DOORBELL

House Sponsors
Rep. Daniel Didech and Joyce Mason

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/17/2024HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
765 ILCS 165/10
765 ILCS 165/15
765 ILCS 165/45


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Homeowner's Energy Policy Statement Act. Defines "video doorbell" as an Internet-enabled doorbell, equipped with a camera or microphone, or both, that: (1) sends a notification to the smartphone, computer, or similar Internet-enabled mobile device of a user when a guest arrives at the entrance of the door; (2) is activated when the guest presses the button of the doorbell, is activated when the doorbell senses a guest with its built-in monitor sensors, or is activated remotely by the user of the doorbell through the user's smartphone, computer, or similar Internet-enabled mobile device; and (3) allows the user using the smartphone, computer, or similar Internet-enabled mobile device to watch and talk with the guest by using the doorbell's built-in camera and microphone. Prohibits the adoption of a bylaw or exercise of any power by the governing entity of a homeowners' association, common interest community association, or condominium unit owners' association that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of a solar energy system installed for the primary purpose of providing solar energy to a video doorbell. Provides that the Act applies to any solar energy system installed for the primary purpose of providing solar energy to a video doorbell.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds reference to:
55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-46 heading new
55 ILCS 5/5-46005 new
55 ILCS 5/5-46010 new
55 ILCS 5/5-46015 new
55 ILCS 5/5-46020 new
55 ILCS 5/5-46025 new
65 ILCS 5/ Art. 11 Div. 15.5 heading new
65 ILCS 5/11-15.5-5 new
65 ILCS 5/11-15.5-10 new
65 ILCS 5/11-15.5-15 new
65 ILCS 5/11-15.5-20 new
65 ILCS 5/11-15.5-25 new
220 ILCS 5/17-900
220 ILCS 5/17-900a new
765 ILCS 165/10
765 ILCS 165/15
765 ILCS 165/20
765 ILCS 165/45

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Counties Code and the Illinois Municipal Code to prohibit a county or municipality from adopting any ordinance or resolution that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of a solar energy system or low voltage solar powered device. A "low voltage solar powered device" means a piece of equipment designed for a particular purpose, including, but not limited to, doorbells, security systems, and illumination equipment, powered by a solar collector operating at less than 50 volts and located: (1) entirely within the lot or parcel owned by the property owner; or (2) within a common area without being permanently attached to common property. A "solar energy system" means: (1) a solar storage mechanism that uses solar energy for generating electricity or for heating or cooling gases, solids, liquids, or other materials; and (2) a supplemental conventional energy system designed or constructed to interface with a solar energy system. Provides that in any litigation arising under this Act or involving the application of this Act, the prevailing party shall be entitled to costs and reasonable attorney's fees. Exempts any building that: (1) is greater than 60 feet in height; or (2) has a shared roof and is subject to a homeowners' association, common interest community association, or condominium unit owners' association. Provides it may apply to a shared roof if (1) the solar energy system is located entirely within that portion of the shared roof owned and maintained by the property owner; and (2) if all property owners sharing the shared roof are in agreement to install a solar energy system. Amends the Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act to make the same changes. Amends the Public Utilities Act to provide that municipal utility systems and rural electric cooperatives must have a shared policy governing self-generation of renewable energy. A shared policy must be developed by the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association, and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and reviewed for compliance with this Section by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The initial shared policy must be drafted and received by the Illinois Commerce Commission within 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides what must be in the shared policy. Provides for civil penalties if a municipal electric utility system or electric cooperative violates or fails to comply with any provision of this Act or any order by the Illinois Commerce Commission issued under this Act. Limits the concurrent exercise of home rule powers.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/9/2024HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Daniel Didech
  2/9/2024HouseFirst Reading
  2/9/2024HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/28/2024HouseAssigned to Energy & Environment Committee
  2/29/2024HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Daniel Didech
  2/29/2024HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/12/2024HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Energy & Environment Committee
  3/27/2024HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Joyce Mason
  4/2/2024HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Energy & Environment Committee; by Voice Vote
  4/2/2024HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Energy & Environment Committee; 018-008-000
  4/3/2024HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/16/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Daniel Didech
  4/16/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/17/2024HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Rules Refers to Energy & Environment Committee
  4/17/2024HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/17/2024HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate

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