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 1        AN ACT concerning the steel industry.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  Department  of  Commerce and Community
 5    Affairs Law of the Civil Administrative Code of  Illinois  is
 6    amended by adding Section 605-425 as follows:

 7        (20 ILCS 605/605-425 new)
 8        Sec. 605-425.  Illinois Steel Development Board.
 9        (a)  The  Illinois Steel Development Board is established
10    as an advisory  board  to  the  Department  of  Commerce  and
11    Community  Affairs.   The  Board  shall  be  composed  of the
12    following  voting  members:  the  Director  of  Commerce  and
13    Community Affairs, who shall be Chairman of  the  Board,  the
14    Deputy  Director of the Bureau of Business Development within
15    the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs,  4  members
16    of  the General Assembly (one each appointed by the President
17    of the Senate, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the
18    House,  and  the  House  Minority  Leader),  and  8   persons
19    appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the
20    Senate.  Members  appointed  by  the  Governor  must  include
21    representatives  of  Illinois industries that are involved in
22    the  production,  use,  or  transportation  of  American  and
23    Canadian  steel,  representatives  of  financial  or  banking
24    interests  in  the  State,   and   persons   experienced   in
25    international  business  and  economic  development.  Members
26    appointed  by  the  Governor  shall be chosen from persons of
27    recognized ability and experience in their designated field.
28        The members appointed by the  Governor  shall  serve  for
29    terms  of  4  years.   The  initial  terms  of  the  original
30    appointees  shall expire on July 1, 2005.  A member appointed
31    by a legislative leader shall serve for the duration  of  the
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 1    General Assembly for which he or she is appointed, so long as
 2    the member remains a member of that General Assembly.
 3        The  Board shall meet at least annually or at the call of
 4    the Chairman.  At any time the  majority  of  the  Board  may
 5    petition  the  Chairman  for  a  meeting  of the Board.  Nine
 6    members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
 7        Members of the Board shall be reimbursed for  actual  and
 8    necessary  expenses incurred while performing their duties as
 9    members  of  the  Board  from  funds  appropriated   to   the
10    Department for that purpose.
11        (b)  The    Board   shall   provide   advice   and   make
12    recommendations to the Department of Commerce  and  Community
13    Affairs on the following:
14             (1)  The  development  of  an annual agenda that may
15        include, but is not limited to, research, marketing,  and
16        promotional  methodologies  conducted  for the purpose of
17        increasing  the  use  of  American  and  Canadian   steel
18        produced, used, or transported by Illinois companies with
19        emphasis   on   the   following  areas:  maintaining  and
20        increasing employment of Illinois workers  in  the  steel
21        industry;   steel   preparation   and   characterization;
22        marketing;     public     awareness     and    education;
23        transportation; and environmental impacts.
24             (2)  The support and coordination  of  American  and
25        Canadian  steel  research,  marketing, and promotion; the
26        approval of projects consistent with  the  annual  agenda
27        and  budget for steel research, marketing, and promotion;
28        and the approval of the annual budget and operating  plan
29        for administration of the Board.
30             (3)  The  promotion  and  coordination  of available
31        research, marketing, and promotional information  on  the
32        production,   preparation,   distribution,  and  uses  of
33        American and Canadian steel.  The Board shall advise  the
34        existing  research institutions within the State on areas
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 1        where research may be necessary.
 2             (4)  The cooperation to the fullest extent  possible
 3        with   State   and   federal  agencies  and  departments,
 4        independent organizations, and other  interested  groups,
 5        public   and  private,  for  the  purposes  of  promoting
 6        American and Canadian steel resources.
 7             (5)  The submission of   an  annual  report  to  the
 8        Governor  and the General Assembly outlining the progress
 9        and accomplishments made during  the  calendar  year  and
10        furnishing other relevant information.
11             (6)  Focusing on existing steel research, marketing,
12        and  promotion  efforts in carrying out its mission, ways
13        to make use of existing facilities in Illinois  or  other
14        institutions   carrying   out  research,  marketing,  and
15        promotion on American and Canadian steel and, as  far  as
16        practical,   to   make  maximum  use  of  the  facilities
17        available  in  Illinois,   including   universities   and
18        colleges  located  within  the State of Illinois, and the
19        creation  of  a  consortium  or  center  that   conducts,
20        coordinates,  and supports steel research, promotion, and
21        marketing  activities   in   the   State   of   Illinois.
22        Programmatic activities of the consortium or center shall
23        be  subject  to  approval  by the Department and shall be
24        consistent with  the  purposes  of  this  Section.    The
25        Department  may  authorize  the  expenditure  of funds in
26        support of the administrative and programmatic operations
27        of the center or consortium that is consistent  with  its
28        authority.    Administrative actions undertaken by or for
29        the center or consortium shall be subject to the approval
30        of the Department.
31             (7)  Reasonable   ways,   before   initiating    any
32        research,  to  avoid  duplication  of  effort and expense
33        through the  coordination  of  the  research  efforts  of
34        various    agencies,    departments,    universities   or
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 1        organizations.
 2             (8)  The adoption, amendment, and repeal  of  rules,
 3        regulations,    and    bylaws   governing   the   Board's
 4        organization and conduct of business.
 5             (9)  The  search  for,  the  acceptance,   and   the
 6        expenditure  of  gifts  or  grants  in any form, from any
 7        public agency or from any other source.   The  gifts  and
 8        grants  may  be  held  in  trust  by  the  Department and
 9        expended at the direction of the Department  and  in  the
10        exercise  of  the  Department's powers and performance of
11        the Department's duties.
12             (10)  The publication, from time  to  time,  of  the
13        results   of   American   and  Canadian  steel  research,
14        marketing, and  promotion  projects  funded  through  the
15        Department.
16        (c)  The   Board  shall  also  provide  advice  and  make
17    recommendations to the Department on the following:
18             (1) the creation  and  maintenance  of  current  and
19        accurate  records  on  all markets for and actual uses of
20        steel processed, utilized, or transported in Illinois and
21        ways of making those records available to the public upon
22        request;
23             (2)  the   identification   of   all   current   and
24        anticipated  future  technical,  economic, institutional,
25        market, environmental, regulatory,  and other impediments
26        to the  use  of  American  and  Canadian  steel  and  the
27        Illinois steel industry;
28             (3)  the  identification  of  alternative  plans  or
29        actions  that  would  maintain  or  increase  the  use of
30        American  and  Canadian  steel  and  the  Illinois  steel
31        industry; and
32             (4) the development  of  strategies  and   proposing
33        policies  to  promote  responsible  uses  of American and
34        Canadian steel processed, used,  or  transported  by  the
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 1        Illinois steel industry.

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