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Full Text of SB3313  101st General Assembly




State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced 2/14/2020, by Sen. Laura Fine


415 ILCS 5/9.18 new

    Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that on and after January 1, 2022, a person may not operate or sell at retail a gas-powered leaf blower in the State. Provides that a person who violates the amendatory Act's provisions shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $500. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning safety.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Environmental Protection Act is amended by
5adding Section 9.18 as follows:
6    (415 ILCS 5/9.18 new)
7    Sec. 9.18. Gas-powered leaf blower ban.
8    (a) The General Assembly finds that:
9        (1) gas-powered leaf blowers are detrimental to the
10    health of the citizens of the State of Illinois and the
11    quality of the environment;
12        (2) two-stroke and four-stroke engines used in
13    gas-powered leaf blowers emit exceedingly high rates of
14    pollutants, including, but not limited to, carbon
15    monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons;
16        (3) the chemical pollutants that gas-powered leaf
17    blowers emit can contribute to smog formation and acid
18    rain;
19        (4) gas-powered leaf blowers generate noise at a
20    decibel level capable of causing hearing loss in a short
21    amount of time;
22        (5) gas-powered leaf blowers send dust and other small
23    particles into the air for considerable distances,



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1    including, but not limited to, animal feces, trace
2    quantities of heavy metals such as lead, and allergens such
3    as pollen and mold.
4    (b) In this Section, "gas-powered leaf blower" means a leaf
5blower that has a two-stroke or four-stroke engine using
6gasoline or a gasoline and oil blend as fuel.
7    (c) On and after January 1, 2022, a person may not operate
8a gas-powered leaf blower in the State of Illinois.
9    (d) On and after January 1, 2022, a person may not sell at
10retail a gas-powered leaf blower in the State of Illinois.
11    (e) Any person who violates this Section shall be subject
12to a civil penalty not to exceed $500.
13    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.