Full Text of SB3313 101st General Assembly
SB3313 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced 2/14/2020, by Sen. Laura Fine
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
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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AN ACT concerning safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Environmental Protection Act is amended by
adding Section 9.18 as follows:
(415 ILCS 5/9.18 new)
Gas-powered leaf blower ban.
(a) The General Assembly finds that:
(1) gas-powered leaf blowers are detrimental to the
health of the citizens of the State of Illinois and the
quality of the environment;
(2) two-stroke and four-stroke engines used in
gas-powered leaf blowers emit exceedingly high rates of
pollutants, including, but not limited to, carbon
monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons;
(3) the chemical pollutants that gas-powered leaf
blowers emit can contribute to smog formation and acid
(4) gas-powered leaf blowers generate noise at a
decibel level capable of causing hearing loss in a short
amount of time;
(5) gas-powered leaf blowers send dust and other small
particles into the air for considerable distances,
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including, but not limited to, animal feces, trace
quantities of heavy metals such as lead, and allergens such
as pollen and mold.
(b) In this Section, "gas-powered leaf blower" means a leaf
blower that has a two-stroke or four-stroke engine using
gasoline or a gasoline and oil blend as fuel.
(c) On and after January 1, 2022, a person may not operate
a gas-powered leaf blower in the State of Illinois.
(d) On and after January 1, 2022, a person may not sell at
retail a gas-powered leaf blower in the State of Illinois.
(e) Any person who violates this Section shall be subject
to a civil penalty not to exceed $500.
This Act takes effect upon