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More and More Legislation

Sat, February 12, 2011

Looks like it was a pretty busy week.  I had 1,700 bills to look through this morning.  If I missed any, be sure to let me know.

SB1704 - WILDLIFE-TRAPPING-PUBLIC AREAS, Sponsored by Sen. Dan Duffy (R, Barrington)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Wildlife Code. Makes it unlawful to place, set, or maintain a body-gripping trap (other than an underwater set) within 30 feet of bait that is not completely covered and concealed from sight and (ii) to place, set, use, or maintain certain types of traps within one-quarter mile of a residence, school, picnic area, playground, beach, campground, road, highway, public trail, golf course, or parking lot. Exempts certain government employees as well as their duly authorized agents from the latter of these prohibitions if certain conditions are met. Redefines the term “bait” to include certain types of oils. Effective July 1, 2011.

This next one one is certainly interesting!!!  Short and SWEET!!!

SB1736 - FIREARM OWNERS ID-POSSESS, Sponsored by Sen. Mike Jacobs
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Eliminates the requirement that a person must have a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card to possess a firearm. Effective immediately.

SB1940 - CRIM CD-FIREARM-FELON&MINOR, Sponosred by Sen. William Delgado (D, Chicago)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that it is a Class 2 felony (rather than a Class 3 felony) to knowingly sell or give a firearm to a person who has been convicted of a felony or to a person under 18 years of age who does not possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. Effective immediately.

How about this next one, just for the City of Peoria?

SB1963 - FIREARMS-CONCEALED CARRY, Sponsored by Sen. Dale E. Risinger (R, Peoria)
Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the Concealed Carry Permit Pilot Program Act. Establishes a 2 year pilot program based in the City of Peoria that allows the City to issue a permit to a resident of Peoria, who meets the qualifications provided in this Act, authorizing the resident to carry a concealed handgun within the boundaries of the City of Peoria. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Looks to me like this next bill would make it illegal to sell any kind of handgun privately unless you do it through a dealer who does a background check.,

SB2026 - FOID CARD ACT-PRIVATE SALE, Sponsored by Sen. Dan Kotowski (D, Park Ridge)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that a person who is not a federally licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer and who desires to sell or transfer a firearm of a size that may be concealed upon the person to another person, who is not a federally licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer, shall do so only at the place of business of a federally licensed firearm dealer. Provides that the federally licensed firearm dealer shall conduct a background check on the prospective recipient of the firearm and follow all other applicable federal, State, and local laws as if he or she were the seller of the firearm. Provides that the purchaser or transferee may be required by the federally licensed firearm dealer to pay a fee not to exceed $10 per firearm, plus other authorized fees. Makes exceptions for (i) the transfer of a firearm between spouses, a parent and child, or other family members, (ii) transfers by persons acting pursuant to operation of law or a court order, or (iii) transfers on the grounds of a gun show. Provides that the Department of State Police shall develop an Internet based system for individuals to request the Department of State Police to conduct an instant criminal background check prior to the sale or transfer of a handgun. Provides that the Department of State Police shall have the system completed and available for use by July 1, 2012

And another CCW bill…

SB2026 - FIREARMS-CONCEALED CARRY, Sponsored by Sen. Wm Sam McCann (R, Carlinville)
Synopsis As Introduced
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Creates the Illinois License to Carry Firearms for Self-Defense Act. Authorizes the county sheriff to issue licenses to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements. Requires an applicant for a license to have completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom instruction and live firing exercises. Preempts home rule. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2012.

SB2190 - WILDLIFE-PROTECTED SPECIES, Sponsored by Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D, Chicago Heights)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides for the protection of a variety of wild birds, parts of wild birds, and other mammals. Provides that the Department may prohibit or limit the importation, possession, release into the wild, take, commercialization of take, sale, and propagation of wild mammals, wild birds, and feral livestock that are not defined as protected species to reduce risks of communicable diseases, nuisances, and damages to wild or domestic species, agricultural crops, property, and environment. Provides that the Department shall set forth applicable regulations in an administrative rule. Provides that it shall be unlawful to release from captivity any live bird or mammal, either indigenous or non-indigenous in this State and that is ordinarily considered a wildlife species without securing written permission from the Department prior to release. Makes changes to the definitions of “wild” and “wildlife”. Makes other changes. Makes corresponding changes to the exemption provisions of the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Effective immediately.

What’s this… the 5th or 6th CCW bill now?  With a couple of freshman Republican lawmakers behind this one, I’d be surprised if Madigan even lets it out of Rules.

HB1403 - CONCEALED CARRY-PERMITS, Sponsored by Rep. Bill Mitchell (R, Decatur), Rep. Adam Brown (R, Decatur), Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R, Litchfield)
Synopsis As Introduced

Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Permits the Department of State Police to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements. Provides that the county sheriff shall evaluate the application and accompanying material, and within 30 calendar days transmit the application, accompanying material, and any objections to the application, and application fees to the Department of State Police. Requires an applicant for a permit to have completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom instruction and live firing exercises. Preempts home rule. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Here’s a repeat of the SB listed above…

HB1437 - WILDLIFE-PROTECTED SPECIES, Sponsored by Rep. Lisa Dugan (D, Kankakee)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides for the protection of a variety of wild birds, parts of wild birds, and other mammals. Provides that the Department may prohibit or limit the importation, possession, release into the wild, take, commercialization of take, sale, and propagation of wild mammals, wild birds, and feral livestock that are not defined as protected species to reduce risks of communicable diseases, nuisances, and damages to wild or domestic species, agricultural crops, property, and environment. Provides that the Department shall set forth applicable regulations in an administrative rule. Provides that it shall be unlawful to release from captivity any live bird or mammal, either indigenous or non-indigenous in this State and that is ordinarily considered a wildlife species without securing written permission from the Department prior to release. Makes changes to the definitions of “wild” and “wildlife”. Makes other changes. Makes corresponding changes to the exemption provisions of the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Effective immediately.

And more gun control nonsense…

HB1461 - FIREARM OWNERS ID-REVOKE, Sponsored by Rep. William Cunningham (D, Chicago)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police may deny an application for or revoke and seize a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued under the Act to a student or former student of a secondary school or institution of higher learning who has been identified by the administration of that school or institution as a person who has acted in a mentally erratic or violent nature while enrolled, thereby creating a possible threat to the safety of the student body, faculty, or staff of the school or institution. Provides that the administration of a secondary school or institution of higher learning may report to the Department of State Police the name and address of a student or former student who has acted in a mentally erratic or violent nature while enrolled. Provides that the Department of State Police may use such information to determine whether to deny an application for or to revoke and seize the student or former student’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. Provides that the administration of a secondary school or an institution of higher learning that reports the name and address of a student or former student to the Department of State Police as having acted in a mentally erratic or violent nature while enrolled are presumed to have acted in good faith and are immune from civil or criminal liability for making such report and the consequences of such report.

It’s getting harder to keep up with all the activity in Springfield.  The next several weeks are sure to be the busiest of the session.  And still no word yet on the release of the Administrative Rules by the DNR.

KC

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Keeping Up With Springfield

Tue, February 08, 2011

After taking time off for “Snowpocalypse 2011” last week, lamakers are back in action introducing new legislation.  Looks like about 1,000 bills filed this week alone so far, with most of those being “shell bills.”  Shell bills are basically placeholders, or templates, for new bills.  The bills get filed with generic language, which will be added later.  It certainly makes it tougher to follow up later without the subject showing up in the title of the bill.

HB1163 - WILDLIFE-POWDER CARTRIDGES, Sponsored by Rep. Richard Morthland (R, Moline)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides for the use of black powder cartridges during the open deer season for muzzleloading rifles. Effective immediately.

HB1192 - LIQUOR - DNR FACILITIES, Sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang (D, Skokie)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934. Provides that, in accordance with a license issued under the Act, alcoholic liquor may be sold, served, or delivered in buildings and facilities under the control of the Department of Natural Resources during events or activities lasting 7 continuous days upon the written approval of the Director of Natural Resources acting as the controlling government authority. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

SB1280 - FINANCE-CONSERVATION FUND, Sponsored by Sen. Michael Frerichs (D, Champaign)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the State Finance Act. Provides that conservation practice cost-share grants from the Partners for Conservation Fund may be made to livestock operations for water quality protection and improvement. Authorizes moneys in the Fund also to be used to partner with conservation land trusts in order to integrate State and federal programs with Illinois’ natural resource protection and restoration efforts and to meet requirements to obtain federal and other funds for conservation or protection of natural resources. Also makes technical changes. Effective July 1, 2011.

SB1337 - WILDLIFE-RIVER OTTER HUNTING, Sponsored by Sen. John Sullivan (D, Quincy)
Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides for the hunting and trapping of river otters. Provides that the season limit for river otter shall not exceed 5 river otters per person per season. Provides that possession limits shall be 10 per person per season limit except that this restriction shall not apply to fur buyers, tanners, manufacturers, and taxidermists. Requires that the pelts of river otters shall be tagged in accordance with federal regulations. Provides that the Department may require harvest registration and set forth procedures, fees for registration, and the process of tagging pelts in administrative rules. Sets fees for registration and tagging shall not exceed $5 per pelt. Effective immediately.

The otter bill is back from a previous session, when the idea was combined with a season on bobcats.  Seems like the black powder cartridge bill comes up every session as well.  No idea where the liquor bill comes from.  Only events I can think of that’s 7 days in length are the 2 state fairs.  Maybe they’re going to have a beer tent in Conservation World this year?

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SB0057 - Ski Slope Safety Act

Mon, February 07, 2011

Yep, another Chicago Democrat out to protect us all, and send people running across the borders.

SB0057 - Ski Slope Safety Act - Sponsored by Ira I. Silverstein (D, Chicago)
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Ski Slope Safety Act. Provides that every ski area operator shall ensure that skiers and snowboarders are not permitted to enter ski areas without protective helmets and requires all skiers and snowboarders to wear protective helmets while in a ski area. Sets forth penalties for violations of the Act. Provides that the Director of Public Health shall adopt reasonable rules to enforce compliance with the Act. Makes other changes.

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