Comments: IL SB2146 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly

Bill Title: Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to create a Clean Water Workforce Pipeline Program to provide grants and other financial assistance to individuals for careers in water infrastructure. Provides requirements for funding, grants, and other financial assistance from the Program on a competitive and annual basis for specified activities. Provides that the Program shall have an annual goal of training and placing 2,500 specified individuals in water sector jobs annually. Directs the Department to coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Finance Authority, and other State agencies that provide financial support for water infrastructure projects in order to encourage the employment of individuals trained through the Program onto projects receiving State financial assistance. Provides that the Department may select a Program Administrator to oversee the allocation of funds and select organizations that receive funding. Requires recipients under the Program to report annually to the Department on the success of their efforts and their contribution to reaching the goals of the Program. Requires the Department to compile the information and report specified information to the General Assembly annually. Within 90 days after the amendatory Act's effective date, requires the Department to propose a draft plan to implement amendatory Act's provisions for public comment and to finalize the plan within 180 days after the amendatory Act's effective date. Grants rulemaking authority to the Department to implement the Program and ensure compliance with the amendatory Act's provisions. Provides that moneys in the Water Workforce Development Fund shall only be used to fund the Program and to assist and enable implementation of clean water infrastructure capital investments. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the Water Workforce Development Fund.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 18-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-08-23 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0576 [SB2146 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]

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