Full Text of HB3928 102nd General Assembly
HB3928 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/22/2021, by Rep. Thomas M. Bennett
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act. Creates the
Illinois Thirty-By-Thirty Conservation Task Force. Provides that the Task
Force shall review and make recommendations to the General Assembly
regarding conservation of Illinois land and implementation of strategies
to conserve and protect 30% of land in Illinois by 2030. Adds provisions
containing membership, meetings, compensation, and administrative support.
Abolishes the task force and repeals the provisions on January 1, 2023.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning conservation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act is
amended by adding Section 4.01 as follows:
(525 ILCS 30/4.01 new)
Illinois Thirty-by-Thirty Conservation Task
1. The Illinois Thirty-By-Thirty Conservation Task Force
is created. The Task Force shall review and make
recommendations to the General Assembly regarding conservation
of State land and implementation of strategies to conserve and
protect 30% of State land by 2030.
2. The Task Force shall have the following members:
(a) the Director of Department of Natural Resources or
the Director's designee, who shall serve as chairperson;
(b) two Members from the House of Representatives,
appointed one each by the Speaker of the House and the
House Minority Leader;
(c) two Members of the Senate, appointed one each by
the President of the Senate and the Senate Minority
(d) one member appointed by the Director or Director
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Designee of the Department of Agriculture;
(e) one member appointed by the Director or Director
Designee of The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency;
(f) one member appointed by the Director or Director
Designee of the Illinois Department of Commerce and
(g) one member appointed by the Director or Director
Designee of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
(h) the following members appointed by the Director of
the Department of Natural Resources:
(i) two members from a statewide environmental
(ii) one member from a State agriculture
(iii) one high school environmental science
(iv) two high school environmental science
(v) one member from an Illinois institution of
higher education; and
(vi) one chemical fertilizer professional.
At the discretion of the chairperson, additional
individuals may participate in the meetings of the Task Force.
The chairperson may also seek administrative assistance from
one high school environmental science teacher and 2 high
school environmental science students.
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Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in performing their
The Task Force shall meet at least once every 2 months
beginning July 1, 2021, and at other times as determined by the
The Department of Natural Resources shall provide
administrative and other support to the Task Force.
3. The Task Force shall prepare a report that summarizes
its work and makes recommendations resulting from its study.
The Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and
recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by
January 1, 2023.
4. The Task Force shall make recommendations, including,
but not limited, to:
(a) identifying resources that the State has and how
they are being used;
(b) identifying tools, resources, and incentives for
landowners and the private sector to restore degraded
natural areas and to manage their resources sustainably;
(c) identifying financial resources from the private
sector, philanthropy, and public sources to expand
protections and to help manage lands and waters for
(d) managing more State public lands for the benefit
of future generations;
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(e) working with the sovereignty of tribal nations,
which involves meaningful consultation with indigenous
tribal leaders, and helping indigenous tribal communities
fulfill their visions and priorities for the stewardship
of natural, cultural, and historic resources;
(f) identifying strategies to conserve and protect 30%
of State land by 2030.
5. The Task Force is dissolved and this Section is
repealed on January 1, 2023.