Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Illinois Workers' Rights and Worker Safety Act. Provides that except as authorized by State law enacted after January 1, 2017, a State agency may not amend or revise its rules relating to protection of workers' rights or worker safety in a manner less stringent than specified federal laws. Provides that a State agency may establish workers' rights and worker safety standards that are more stringent than those provided in federal law in existence as of January 1, 2017. Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that in certain circumstances an action may be brought in a circuit court by a person in the public interest to enforce standards or requirements concerning air, water, drinking water, and endangered and threatened species adopted under specified provisions of the Act and the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act. Provides that the provisions concerning public interest enforcement shall only become operative if specified events occur. Provides that the enforcement provisions of the Act are severable. Adds provisions concerning protection of the environment, natural resources, and public health. Requires various State agencies to adopt, maintain, and enforce rules concerning air, water, drinking water, and endangered and threatened species that are at least as stringent as various regulatory baselines under federal law, in addition to State law requirements. Provides that every State agency shall undertake all feasible efforts to implement and enforce these provisions. Contains reporting requirements. Deletes provisions providing that an air pollution construction or operating permit shall not be required due to emissions of greenhouse gases if certain events occur. Deletes certain language concerning exemptions from provisions concerning the Clean Air Act Permit Program.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: In the provisions of the Illinois Workers' Rights and Worker Safety Act and the Environmental Protection Act, changes references from "January 1, 2018" to "January 19, 2018" and makes related changes. Changes the submission date for reports to the General Assembly from once every 6 months to once every year. In the provisions of the Illinois Workers' Rights and Worker Safety Act, provides that the Act is repealed 3 years after the effective date. In the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act, removes provisions concerning public interest enforcement. In provisions concerning protection of the environment, natural resources, and public health, replaces references to various State agencies with references to "State agencies". Provides that the provisions concerning protection of the environment, natural resources, and public health are repealed 3 years after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Makes changes to the definition of "baseline federal law standards". Defines "State agency". Removes definitions of "baseline federal standards for other federal statutes" and "other federal statutes". Makes other changes.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 In the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act concerning protection of the environment, natural resources, and public health, makes changes to legislative findings in provisions concerning air and water.