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Full Text of SB1693  102nd General Assembly

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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4
Article 1. Industrial Biotech Partnership Act

 
5    Section 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
6Industrial Biotech Partnership Act.
 
7    Section 1-5. Purpose. Illinois will actively pursue
8expansion of the industrial biotechnology and biorenewables
9industry. This growing field closely aligns with several key
10industries that the State is pursuing through the 2019 "Plan
11to Revitalize the Illinois Economy and Build the Workforce of
12the Future", such as agriculture, agriculture technology, life
13sciences, healthcare, and manufacturing. Illinois is well
14positioned to lead the nation with ample feedstocks, dedicated
15research facilities, specialized job training programs, and an
16existing manufacturing base required to lead this industry.
17Modifications to several existing programs will ensure the
18State provides the correct aid and incentives to help attract
19this growing industry.
 
20    Section 1-10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
21    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic

 

 

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1Opportunity.
2    "Industrial biotechnology" means biotechnology focused on
3new industrial products, such as industrial materials,
4chemicals and solvents, and feed and food, and new industrial
5processes. "Industrial biotechnology" does not include health
6biotechnology (pharmaceuticals), agricultural biotechnology
7(transgenic crops), or environmental biotechnology
8(bioremediation).
9    "Partnership" means the Industrial Biotechnology
10Public-Private Partnership established under this Act.
 
11    Section 1-15. Industrial Biotechnology Public-Private
12Partnership.
13    (a) There is hereby established the Industrial
14Biotechnology Public-Private Partnership as a State-sponsored
15board consisting of members from State agencies, research
16facilities, industry, and agriculture, to promote and market
17Illinois as the leading destination for research, development,
18and commercialization for industrial biotechnology.
19    (b) The Partnership shall consist of the following
20members:
21        (1) a representative of the Department of Agriculture,
22    appointed by the Director of Agriculture;
23        (2) a representative of the Department of Commerce and
24    Economic Opportunity, appointed by the Director of
25    Commerce and Economic Opportunity;

 

 

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1        (3) a representative of the Department of Labor,
2    appointed by the Director of Labor;
3        (4) a representative of the National Corn to Ethanol
4    Research Center, appointed by the Director of Commerce and
5    Economic Opportunity;
6        (5) a representative of the Integrated Bioprocessing
7    Research Laboratory, appointed by the Director of Commerce
8    and Economic Opportunity;
9        (6) a representative of the National Center for
10    Agricultural Utilization Research, who shall participate
11    in a non-voting capacity, appointed by the Director of
12    Commerce and Economic Opportunity in consultation with the
13    Director of the Agricultural Research Service of the
14    United States Department of Agriculture;
15        (7) a representative of an additional State-sponsored,
16    university-affiliated laboratory or research institution
17    conducting industrial biotechnology research, other than
18    the entities described in paragraphs (4) and (5),
19    appointed by the Director of Commerce and Economic
20    Opportunity;
21        (8) a representative of an Illinois agricultural
22    commodity group or farmer organization, appointed by the
23    Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
24        (9) a representative of a grain or oilseed processing
25    company with current facilities located in Illinois,
26    appointed by the Director of Commerce and Economic

 

 

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1    Opportunity;
2        (10) a representative of a biotechnology company,
3    appointed by the Director of Commerce and Economic
4    Opportunity;
5        (11) a representative of an environmental group
6    committed to biorenewables, appointed by the Director of
7    Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and
8        (12) a representative of a union of operating
9    engineers, appointed by the Director of Commerce and
10    Economic Opportunity.
11    (c) Members of the Partnership shall be appointed within
1290 days after the effective date of this Act. The Partnership
13may meet quarterly and may hold its first meeting within 90
14days after the appointment of all members. At the first
15meeting of the Partnership, a Chairperson shall be chosen from
16among the members. Members of the Partnership shall serve
17without compensation, but may be reimbursed for any expenses
18incurred in performing their duties.
19    (d) The Department, or a non-profit organization
20designated by the Department, shall provide administrative and
21other support to the Partnership.
 
22    Section 1-20. Duties. The Partnership shall have the
23following duties:
24        (1) Subject to appropriation and matching private
25    funds as provided in Section 1-25, the Partnership shall

 

 

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1    develop and direct efforts to attract companies to use
2    existing Illinois facilities for research, development,
3    and pre-commercialization activities. Those efforts may
4    include, without limitation: (i) representing Illinois at
5    biotechnology conferences; (ii) developing promotional and
6    marketing materials in coordination with existing research
7    facilities to encourage the use of Illinois facilities;
8    and (iii) facilitating meetings for companies that are
9    prospective candidates for establishing a presence in this
10    State.
11        (2) Subject to appropriation and matching private
12    funds as provided in Section 1-25, the Partnership may
13    develop programs to encourage emerging research,
14    development, and commercializing biotechnology companies
15    to locate production facilities in Illinois, including,
16    but not limited to: (i) acting as an information
17    clearinghouse for new companies on all State programs and
18    investment incentives; and (ii) working with local and
19    regional economic development groups.
20        (3) The Partnership may provide advice and
21    recommendations to State agencies on the administration of
22    grant programs directed at industrial biotechnology.
23        (4) On or before January 31 of the next calendar year
24    to occur after the last day of any State fiscal year in
25    which the Partnership receives State funding, the
26    Partnership shall submit a report to the Department

 

 

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1    describing the use of appropriated funds by the
2    Partnership in the State fiscal year for which the funds
3    were allocated. The report shall include, but not be
4    limited to, marketing materials produced by the
5    Partnership, meetings attended by members of the
6    Partnership related to Partnership business, and the
7    hosting of companies visiting this State.
 
8    Section 1-25. Funding. The Partnership may receive funding
9through specific appropriations available for its purposes
10made to the Department. Moneys appropriated to the Department
11for the use of the Partnership as provided in this Act shall
12not be disbursed to the Partnership until the Partnership
13certifies to the Department that it has received at least $3 in
14private matching funds for every $1 so disbursed.
 
15    Section 1-30. Reports. On or before January 31 of the next
16calendar year to occur after the last day of any State fiscal
17year in which the Partnership receives State funding, the
18Department shall submit to the General Assembly and the
19Governor a report describing the use of appropriated funds by
20the Partnership in the State fiscal year for which the funds
21were allocated.
 
22    Section 1-35. Rules. The Department shall adopt all rules
23necessary for the implementation of this Act.
 

 

 

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1    Section 1-40. Partnership dissolved. The Partnership is
2dissolved on December 31, 2025.
 
3    Section 1-45. Repeal. This Act is repealed on January 1,
42027.
 
5
Article 90. Amendatory Provisions

 
6    Section 90-5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
7Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
8is amended by adding Section 605-1095 as follows:
 
9    (20 ILCS 605/605-1095 new)
10    Sec. 605-1095. Industrial Biotechnology Workforce
11Development Grant Program.
12    (a) The Industrial Biotechnology Workforce Development
13Grant Program is hereby established as a program to be
14implemented and administered by the Department. The Program
15shall provide grants for the purpose of fostering a
16well-trained and well-skilled industrial biotechnology
17workforce.
18    (b) Subject to appropriation, grants under the Program may
19be awarded on an annual basis for one or more of the following:
20        (1) industrial biotechnology apprenticeships or
21    apprenticeship programs;

 

 

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1        (2) industrial biotechnology talent pipeline
2    management programs that emphasize business-oriented
3    strategies to increase workforce competitiveness, improve
4    workforce diversity, and expand a regional talent pool
5    around high-growth industries;
6        (3) industrial biotechnology industry-aligned
7    credential (digital badging) expansion programs to
8    increase the number of workers with in-demand skills
9    needed to obtain a job or advance within the workplace and
10    for merging competency-based education with responsive
11    workforce training strategies; and
12        (4) high school and community college industrial
13    biotechnology career pathway and pre-apprenticeship
14    program development.
15    (c) To be eligible for grants provided under the Program,
16an entity must be either: (i) a State-sponsored,
17university-affiliated laboratory or research institution
18conducting collaboratives or for-hire research in the
19development of biorenewable chemicals, bio-based polymers,
20materials, novel feeds, or additional value-added
21biorenewables; or (ii) a State-accredited university or
22community college. An eligible entity must establish that it
23plans to use grant funds for a purpose specifically provided
24under subsection (b).
25    (d) On or before January 31 of the next calendar year to
26occur after the last day of any State fiscal year in which the

 

 

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1Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity receives State
2funding for the Program under this Section, the Department of
3Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall submit an annual
4report to the General Assembly and the Governor on the use of
5grant funds under the Program. The report shall include, but
6not be limited to: (i) the disbursement of grant funds,
7categorized by eligible entity; (ii) the number of persons
8enrolled in or taking advantage of a program established or
9maintained using grant funds; (iii) the number of persons
10completing a program established or maintained using grant
11funds; and (iv) the number of person gaining employment in the
12industrial biotechnology industry following completion of a
13program established or maintained using grant funds.
14    (e) The Department shall adopt all rules necessary for the
15implementation and administration of the Program under this
16Section.
 
17    Section 90-10. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
18Sections 6z-130 and 6z-131 as follows:
 
19    (30 ILCS 105/6z-130 new)
20    Sec. 6z-130. Industrial Biotechnology Human Capital Fund.
21    (a) The Industrial Biotechnology Human Capital Fund is
22created as a special fund in the State treasury and may receive
23funds from any source, public or private, including moneys
24appropriated for use by the Department of Commerce and

 

 

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1Economic Opportunity and laboratories and institutions
2conducting industrial biotechnology research. Subject to
3appropriation, the Industrial Biotechnology Human Capital Fund
4shall receive moneys from the General Revenue Fund until June
530, 2025. Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this
6Section shall, as a condition of receiving the grant,
7contribute moneys to the Fund as part of a cost-sharing
8agreement between the grantee and the Department of Commerce
9and Economic Opportunity in accordance with rules adopted by
10the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Grants
11issued under the Section may be for a period of 2 years. An
12eligible entity issued a grant under this Sections shall be
13eligible for more than one such grant, but no more than one
14grant annually, for the purpose of hiring and retaining
15Experts in Residence; however, such entity may maintain more
16than one grant at any given time.
17    (b) Subject to appropriation, moneys in the Fund shall be
18used for providing grants to laboratories and research
19institutions for the purpose of hiring and retaining in-house
20specialists, to be known as experts in residence, with the
21knowledge and experience in moving industrial biotechnology
22products through the development phase.
23    (c) To be eligible for grants provided from the Fund, an
24entity must be a State-sponsored, university-affiliated
25laboratory or research institution conducting collaboratives
26or for-hire research in the development of biorenewable

 

 

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1chemicals, bio-based polymers, materials, novel feeds, or
2additional value added biorenewables. Eligible entities must
3also establish that the Expert-In-Residence they seek to hire
4or retain using the grant funds possesses expertise in
5fermentation engineering, process engineering, catalytic
6engineering, analytical chemistry, or is a scale-up
7specialist.
8    (d) On or before January 31 of the next calendar year to
9occur after the last day of any State fiscal year in which the
10Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity receives State
11funding for the Program under this Section, the Department of
12Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall submit an annual
13report to the General Assembly and the Governor on the use of
14moneys in the Fund. The report shall include, but not be
15limited to: (i) the number of laboratories or institutions
16utilizing moneys in the Fund, including the name of such
17entities; (ii) the number of experts in residence hired by
18each laboratory or institution; (iii) the expertise or
19specialty area of each expert in residence hired or retained;
20and (iv) a summary of the benefit to the economy of the State
21of Illinois economy in providing the grants.
22    (e) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
23shall adopt all rules necessary for the implementation of this
24Section.
 
25    (30 ILCS 105/6z-131 new)

 

 

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1    Sec. 6z-131. Industrial Biotechnology Capital Maintenance
2Fund.
3    (a) The Industrial Biotechnology Capital Maintenance Fund
4is created as a special fund in the State treasury and may
5receive funds from any source, public or private, including
6from moneys appropriated for use by the Department of Commerce
7and Economic Opportunity and laboratories and institutions
8conducting industrial biotechnology research.
9    (b) Subject to appropriation, moneys in the Fund shall be
10used for providing grants to laboratories and research
11institutions for the purpose of maintenance and repair of
12capital assets. Such maintenance and repairs of capital assets
13shall be designed to extend the serviceable life of equipment
14and buildings and expand the capacity of equipment and
15buildings by at least 10%. For the purposes of this Section,
16"capital assets" means equipment or buildings that have a
17value greater than $250,000.
18    (c) To be eligible for grants provided from the Fund, an
19entity must be a State-sponsored, university-affiliated
20laboratory or research institution conducting collaboratives
21or for-hire research in the development of biorenewable
22chemicals, bio-based polymers, materials, novel feeds, or
23additional value added biorenewables. The Department of
24Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall determine the
25disbursement of moneys for the purposes of this Section. Each
26eligible entity, as a condition of receiving a grant under

 

 

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1this Section, shall match up to at least 50% of the moneys to
2be granted to the entity.
3    (d) On or before January 31 of the next calendar year to
4occur after the last day of any State fiscal year in which the
5Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity receives State
6funding for the Program under this Section, the Department of
7Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall submit an annual
8report to the General Assembly and the Governor on the use of
9moneys in the Fund. The report shall include, but not be
10limited to: (i) the name of the institution or laboratory
11receiving funds; (ii) the capital assets that were maintained
12or repaired at each institution or laboratory; (iii) the
13expected usable life extension of each maintained or repaired
14asset; and (iv) the capacity increase of each maintained or
15repaired asset.
16    (e) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
17shall adopt all rules necessary for the implementation of this
18Section.