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Public Act 102-0507


 

Public Act 0507 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0507
 
HB3853 EnrolledLRB102 12498 CMG 17835 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The University of Illinois Act is amended by
renumbering and changing Section 105, as added by Public Act
101-562, as follows:
 
    (110 ILCS 305/115)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 115 105. Water rates report.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, no later than December 1,
2022 2020, the Government Finance Research Center at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, in coordination with an
intergovernmental advisory committee, must issue a report
evaluating the setting of water rates throughout the Lake
Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois and, no later
than December 1, 2023 2021, for the remainder of Illinois. The
report must provide recommendations for policy and regulatory
needs at the State and local level based on its findings. The
report shall, at a minimum, address all of the following
areas:
        (1) The components of a water bill.
        (2) Reasons for increases in water rates.
        (3) The definition of affordability throughout the
    State and any variances to that definition.
        (4) Evidence of rate-setting that utilizes
    inappropriate practices.
        (5) The extent to which State or local policies drive
    cost increases or variations in rate-settings.
        (6) Challenges within economically disadvantaged
    communities in setting water rates.
        (7) Opportunities for increased intergovernmental
    coordination for setting equitable water rates.
    (b) In developing the report under this Section, the
Government Finance Research Center shall form an advisory
committee, which shall be composed of all of the following
members:
        (1) The Director of the Environmental Protection
    Agency, or his or her designee.
        (2) The Director of Natural Resources, or his or her
    designee.
        (3) The Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
    or his or her designee.
        (4) The Attorney General, or his or her designee.
        (5) At least 2 members who are representatives of
    private water utilities operating in Illinois, appointed
    by the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
        (6) At least 4 members who are representatives of
    municipal water utilities, appointed by the Director of
    the Government Finance Research Center.
        (7) One member who is a representative of an
    environmental justice advocacy organization, appointed by
    the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
        (8) One member who is a representative of a consumer
    advocacy organization, appointed by the Director of the
    Government Finance Research Center.
        (9) One member who is a representative of an
    environmental planning organization that serves
    northeastern Illinois, appointed by the Director of the
    Government Finance Research Center.
        (10) The Director of the Illinois State Water Survey,
    or his or her designee.
        (11) The Chairperson of the Illinois Commerce
    Commission, or his or her designee.
    (c) After all members are appointed, the committee shall
hold its first meeting at the call of the Director of the
Government Finance Research Center, at which meeting the
members shall select a chairperson from among themselves.
After its first meeting, the committee shall meet at the call
of the chairperson. Members of the committee shall serve
without compensation but may be reimbursed for their
reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in performing their
duties. The Government Finance Research Center shall provide
administrative and other support to the committee.
    (d) No later than 60 days after August 23, 2019 (the
effective date of Public Act 101-562) this amendatory Act of
the 101st General Assembly, the Government Finance Research
Center must provide an opportunity for public comment on the
questions to be addressed in the report, the metrics to be
used, and the recommendations that need to be issued.
    (e) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2024 2022.
(Source: P.A. 101-562, eff. 8-23-19; revised 10-21-19.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/20/2021