Showing posts with label Legislation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Legislation. Show all posts

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pittman-Robertson Fund Modernization Bill Passes U.S. House



Since 1937 an excise tax has been placed on outdoor related products in regards to hunting.  Hunters may know it as the Pittman-Robertson Act and this program was so successful in the 1950s Congress enacted the Dingell–Johnson Act.  Regardless of what you call it now, this is hunting and fishing conservation at it's best.  Money collected is given to the Secretary of the Interior and then divided among the states using a formula that takes into account both a state's size and number of licensed hunters. In 2018, Illinois received over $22.9 million from these funds. 

United States Capitol Building
United States Capitol Building 
Photo Credit: Capitol Outdoors

On September 12, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2591, the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act of 2017, on a voice vote.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Governor Rauner signs two hunting bills on Conservation Day at Illinois State Fair

Governor Signs HB 4231 and HB 5317 into law. 


Springfield, IL -  Today, Governor Rauner signed two hunting related bills into law.  Alongside DNR Director Rosenthal, the Governor signed HB 4231, Blaze Pink Clothing Bill and HB 5317, Wildlife Restiatution Bill.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Week of April 23, 2018 - Illinois 100th General Assembly Legislative Update


Capitol Outdoors

Both the House and Senate were busy in their respective chambers this week.  Below you will see the action taken on the outdoor related bills we are following. Click on each link to read more about each bill.

HOUSE

Agriculture Committee Action:

HB 5293 - Endangered Species FA #1 (Adopted 13-0-0)

  • Amended to change to one member of the Endangered Species Board shall be a landowner representing the State's largest general farm organization.

HOUSE Floor:
HB 5440 - Youth Hunting (Passed 108-0-0)
  • Provides the the fee for resident and non-resident youth archery deer permit shall be the same. 
    • For example, out of state family under the age of 18 would be able to hunt for the same cost as a resident youth of the State of Illinois. 
Capitol OutdoorsSENATE

Agriculture Committee Action 

SB 2493 - Deer Feed FA#1 (Passed 8-0-0)
  • Creates a two year study on supplemental feeding of deer. University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in consultation with the DNR will conduct the study. 
    • DNR is neutral on the bill as a pilot program. 
Senate Floor:

SB 2295- FISHING LICENSES (Passed Senate 52-0-0)
  • Allows for electronic fishing and combo licenses. 
SB 2962 - RIVER OTTER LIMIT (Passed Senate 43-1-0)
  • Allows the DNR to manage the River Otter population by allowing the department to set the limit based on research. 
SB 2963 - TRAPPING TAGS (Passed Senate 44-0-0)
  • Currently trappers are required to put their name and address on their traps. This bill would allow trappers to use their DNR Customer # instead for privacy reasons.
Be sure to check back often so that you can stay informed from the Legislative Floors to the Great Outdoors! 





Friday, April 20, 2018

Attention Anglers: A Message from the IDNR Division of Fisheries

From the IDNR Division of Fisheries…

Attention Anglers: Mussels May Not Be Used as Bait in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois fishing regulations prohibit the use of mussels of any species from any waters of the state as fish bait.


An error regarding use of mussels appears in printed copies of the 2018 Illinois Fishing Information booklet (the online version of the booklet reflects the correct regulation).

Illinois fishing regulations now allow persons with a fishing license to possess up to 50 relic (dead) mussel shells by those who collect shells, or by those collecting relic mussel shells for educational purposes.

To review the 2018 Illinois Fishing Information booklet online, go to the I Fish Illinois website link at https://www.ifishillinois.org/regulations/2018FishingGuide.pdf.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week of April 9th 2018 - Illinois 100th General Assembly Legislative Wrap-up


Capitol Outdoors

Both the House and Senate were busy with committees this week.  Below you will find a breakdown of some of the action taken on outdoor related bills.  Click on each link to read more about each bill.

HOUSE

Agriculture Committee Action on April 9, 2018:
  • HB 4231 - Blaze Pink Clothing (Passed 17-0-0)
    • Authorizes certain hunters to wear solid blaze pink colored clothing (in addition to blaze orange colored clothing).
  • HB 5293 - Endangered Species (Passed 11-1-2)
    • States that 2 members of the Endangered Species Board shall be landowners representing the State's largest general farm organization.
  • HB 5317 - Poached Deer Restitution Value  (Passed 17-0-0)
    • Increases the restitution that the DNR will receive when someone illegally takes wildlife.  
      • For example: 
        • Whitetail Deer- increase from $250 to $1000
        • Trumpeter Swan - increase from $250 to $1000
        • Eagle - increase from $500 to $1000
        • Wild Turkey - increase from $250 to $500
  • HB 5440 - Youth Hunting (Passed 17-0-0)
    • Provides the the fee for resident and non-resident youth archery deer permit shall be the same. 
      • For example, out of state family under the age of 18 would be able to hunt for the same cost as a resident youth of the State of Illinois. 
  • HB 5692 - River Otter Limit (Passed 17-0-0)
    • By deleting the provision that states that the River Otter limit should not exceed five per season, the DNR is able to better manage the population and change the River Otter limit according to the biologists data. 
  • HB 5693 - Trapping Tags  (Passed 17-0-0)
    • Currently trappers are required to put their name and address on their traps.  This bill would allow trappers to use their DNR Customer # instead for privacy reasons. 

Revenue Committee Action from April 11, 2018:
Passed the HOUSE
  • HB 4783 - Youth Hunt/Trap (Passed 113-0-0)
    • Amends the Wildlife Code to provide a universal definition of youth to be "under 18" for consistency when it comes to youth hunting programs.
Capitol Outdoors
SENATE

Agriculture Committee Action on April 12, 2018 
  • SB 2493 - Deer Feed (Passed 10-0-0)
    • Provides that a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Code when not in active deer hunting season
    • This bill is being held on Second Reading so that Senator Rose can file an amendment 
  • SB 2962 - River Otter Limit (Passed 8-1-0)
    • By deleting the provision that states that the River Otter limit should not exceed five per season, the DNR is able to better manage the population and change the River Otter limit according to the biologists data.
  • SB 2963 - Trapping Tags (Passed 9-0-0)
    • Currently trappers are required to put their name and address on their traps.  This bill would allow trappers to use their DNR Customer # instead for privacy reasons. 
Both the House and Senate are back next week.  We will likely see some action on the floor regarding these bills that passed out of committee.  Be sure to check back often so that you can stay informed from the Legislative Floors to the Great Outdoors! 




SB 709 - TRAPPING SNAPPING TURTLE - Illinois 100th General Assembly

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Neil Anderson
Filed: SB 709 on 1/30/17

Amendment filed 4/5/18: 
Replaced the introduced bill.  Amends the Herpitles - Herp act by allowing trapping of snapping turtles.

Synopsis As Introduced:
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, gray fox, red fox, raccoon, weasel, mink, muskrat, badger, bobcat, and opossum except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director to start between 12:01 a.m., November 1 and 12:00 midnight on November 10, and close no earlier than 12:00 midnight on February 15 but not later than 12:00 midnight on March 31, with start and close dates both inclusive (rather than between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight February 15, both inclusive). Deletes a provision providing that the season limit for river otter shall not exceed 5 river otters per person per season. Provides that any person who violates the provisions of the Section, including administrative rules, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

Last Actions:
  • 1/30/2017 Senate Filed with Secretary by Sen. Neil Anderson
  • 1/30/2017 Senate First Reading
  • 1/30/2017 Senate Referred to Assignments
  • 2/8/2017 Senate Assigned to Agriculture
  • 3/17/2017 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments
  • 1/24/2018 Senate Re-assigned to Agriculture
  • 4/5/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Neil Anderson
  • 4/5/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  • 4/10/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Agriculture
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Postponed - Agriculture
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Do Pass as Amended Agriculture; 004-006-000
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Postponed - Agriculture
  • 4/13/2018 Senate Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments
  • 4/13/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments



    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    Illinois General Assembly Back in Springfield After Spring Break

    With the primary election in their rear view mirror and the general election around the bend, Illinois legislators are back in Session this week (April 9 - 13th).

    Capitol Outdoors

    Both the House and Senate are holding committee hearings where some outdoor related bills may be heard.  We will be following along and keeping you up to date as things happen, so be sure to "Like" our Facebook page to get the latest information.

    Below you will find each committee broken down with links to more information related to each bill.  The following bills are listed to be heard on that day, but that is not always the case.  We will do a wrap-up at the end of the week to inform you of what happened. 

    HOUSE

    Agriculture Committee
    April 9, 2018 1:00pm



    Revenue Committee
    April 11, 2018 3:00pm 

    On the House Floor to be voted on: 

    Capitol Outdoors
    Agriculture Committee
    April 12, 2018 8:00am
    April 10, 2018 3:00pm 
    On the Senate Floor to be voted on: 


    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Illinois 100th General Assembly Hunting and Fishing Related Legislation 2018

    The second year of the 100th GA has begun with legislators filing new bills left and right.  Below you will see a list of all the new pieces of legislation related to hunting and fishing.


    Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

    Bills filed in 2018
    HB 4231 - Blaze Pink Clothing - Illinois 100th General Assembly
    HB 4487 - Funding State Parks through Lottery Game - Illinois 100th General Assembly
    HB 4585-ROCK RIVER-CATFISH- Illinois 100th General Assembly
    HB 4592 -$DNR-SNOWMOBILES- Illinois 100th General Assembly
    HB 4714 - Deer Hunting - Air Guns - Illinois 100th General Assembly
    HB 4759 - Wildlife - Duck Blind or Pit - Illinois 100th General Assembly
    HB 4783 and SB 2663 - Wildlife - Youth Hunt/Trap - Illinois 100th General Assembly

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    HB 5440 - WILDLIFE-YOUTH HUNTING -Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Charles Meier

    Filed: HB 5440 on 2/15/2018

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that the fees for a youth resident and non-resident archery deer permit shall be the same. Provides that a resident or non-resident youth under age 18 (rather than only resident youth) may apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a Youth Hunting License and Youth Trapping License.

    Last Action: Passed Both Houses and now moves onto Governor

    Bill Status:

    HB 5317 - WILDLIFE-RESTITUTION VALUE -Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Jerry Costello, II

    Filed: HB 5317 on 2/15/2018

    Final Action:
    Passed Both Chambers
    House: 111-000-000
    Senate:  054-000-000

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Wildlife Code. Raises the fair market value or replacement cost of various species protected by the Act. Provides that a person who possesses whitetail antlered deer, in whole or in part, captured or killed in violation of the Act, shall pay restitution to the Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $1,000 per whitetail antlered deer and an additional $500 per antler point, for each whitetail antlered deer with at least 8 but not more than 10 antler points. Provides that for whitetail antlered deer with 11 or more antler points, restitution of $1,000 shall be paid to the Department per whitehead antlered deer plus $750 per antler point. Defines "point". Effective immediately.

    Last Action: Bill Passed Both Houses and now moves onto the Governor

    Bill Status:
    • 2/15/2018 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
    • 2/16/2018 House First Reading
    • 2/16/2018 House Referred to Rules Committee
    • 3/7/2018 House Assigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
    • 4/9/2018 House Do Pass / Short Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 017-000-000
    • 4/10/2018 House Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
    • 4/10/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
    • 4/10/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
    • 4/11/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-000-000
    • 4/13/2018 House Second Reading - Short Debate
    • 4/13/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
    • 4/13/2018 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
    • 4/17/2018 House Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 111-000-000
    • 4/17/2018 Senate Arrive in Senate
    • 4/17/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading April 18, 2018
    • 4/18/2018 Senate Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
    • 4/18/2018 Senate First Reading
    • 4/18/2018 Senate Referred to Assignments
    • 4/25/2018 Senate Assigned to Agriculture
    • 5/10/2018 Senate Do Pass Agriculture; 009-000-000
    • 5/10/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 15, 2018
    • 5/16/2018 Senate Second Reading
    • 5/16/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 17, 2018
    • 5/24/2018 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 054-000-000
    • 5/24/2018 House Passed Both Houses


    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    HB 5293 - WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES - Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Jerry Costello, II

    Filed: HB 5293 on 2/15/2018

    House Floor Amendment No. 1
    Provides that a permit for incidental taking under the Act shall not be required if a federal conservation agreement, including but not limited to, a candidate conservation agreement, habit conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement, that includes conservation practices conducted in this State in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (in the introduced bill, a permit for incidental taking under the Act shall not be required if a federal conservation agreement, including but not limited to, a candidate conservation agreement, habit conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement, is in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973). Provides that incidental taking of species which are listed as endangered or threatened by the State only and not listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall follow the provisions under the Act. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, 1 member shall be a landowner representing the State's largest general farm organization (in the introduced bill, 2 members).
    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act. Provides that a permit for incidental taking under the Act shall not be required if a federal conservation agreement, including but not limited to, a candidate conservation agreement, habit conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement, is in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides that in making Endangered Species Protection Board appointments of naturalists, the Governor shall give consideration to recommendations of conservation groups. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, 2 members shall be landowners representing the State's largest general farm organization. Removes the exemption for notice or public hearing when the Endangered Species Protection Board automatically places a species or subspecies of an animal or plant on the Illinois endangered list after designation as endangered by the U.S. Secretary of Interior. Effective immediately.

    Last Actions:

    HB 5278 - 5 YR HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE - Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Monica Bristow

    Filed: HB 5278 on 2/15/2018

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year fishing license. Provides that the fee for a 5-year fishing license is $62.50. Provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license. Provides that for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year sportsmen's combination license that shall entitle the holder to the same non-commercial fishing privileges as residents holding a license and to the same hunting privileges as residents holding a license to hunt all species under the Wildlife Code. Provides that the 5-year sportsmen's combination license fee shall be $112.50. Provides that no sportsmen's combination license shall be issued to any individual who would be ineligible for either the fishing or hunting license separately. Provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year sportsmen's combination license. Provides that for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year sportsmen's combination license. Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year hunting license to hunt all species for $52. Provides that for residents age 65 or older and resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year hunting license.
    Last Actions:

    HB 5693 & SB 2963 - WILDLIFE - TRAPPING TAGS - Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Jerry Costello, II

    Filed: HB 5693 on 2/16/2018

    HB 5693 Passed Both Houses and now moves onto the Governor

    AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 5693:
    Amend House Bill 5693 on page 1, line 15, by replacing "owner, or the name and "with "owner, or the".


    Senate Sponsors
    Sen. Neil Anderson

    Filed: SB 2963 on 2/14/2018

    AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 2963:
    Amend Senate Bill 2963 on page 1, line 15, by replacing "owner, or the name and "with "owner, or the".

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that traps used in the taking of mammals protected by the Code, for which an open trapping season has been established, shall be marked or tagged with metal tags or inscribed in lettering giving the name and address of the owner, or the name and customer identification number issued by the Department of Natural Resources, and absence of such mark or tag shall be prima facie evidence that such trap or traps are illegally used and the trap or traps shall be confiscated and disposed of as directed by the Department. Effective immediately.


    HB 5693 Bill Status:

    SB 2963 Last Actions:
    • 2/14/2018 Senate Filed with Secretary by Sen. Neil Anderson
    • 2/14/2018 Senate First Reading
    • 2/14/2018 Senate Referred to Assignments
    • 2/21/2018 Senate Assigned to Agriculture
    • 2/28/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Neil Anderson
    • 2/28/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
    • 3/1/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Agriculture
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Do Pass as Amended Agriculture; 009-000-000
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 17, 2018
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Jil Tracy
    • 4/18/2018 Senate Second Reading
    • 4/18/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 19, 2018
    • 4/23/2018 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 044-000-000
    • 4/23/2018 House Arrived in House
    • 4/25/2018 House Chief House Sponsor Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
    • 4/25/2018 House First Reading
    • 4/25/2018 House Referred to Rules Committee

    HB 5692 & SB 2962 - RIVER OTTER-LIMIT - Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Jerry Costello, II
    Filed: HB 5692 on 2/16/2018

    HB 5692 Passed Both Houses and now moves onto Governor

    Senate Sponsors
    Sen. Neil Anderson

    Filed: SB 2962 on 2/14/2018

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Wildlife Code. Deletes language providing that the season limit for river otter shall not exceed 5 river otters per person per season. Effective immediately.


    HB 5692 Bill Status:

    SB 2962 Last Actions:
    • 2/14/2018 Senate Filed with Secretary by Sen. Neil Anderson
    • 2/14/2018 Senate First Reading
    • 2/14/2018 Senate Referred to Assignments
    • 2/21/2018 Senate Assigned to Agriculture
    • 4/10/2018 Senate Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. William R. Haine
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Do Pass Agriculture; 008-001-000
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 17, 2018
    • 4/12/2018 Senate Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Jil Tracy
    • 4/18/2018 Senate Second Reading
    • 4/18/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 19, 2018
    • 4/23/2018 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 043-001-000
    • 4/23/2018 House Arrived in House
    • 4/25/2018 House Chief House Sponsor Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
    • 4/25/2018 House First Reading
    • 4/25/2018 House Referred to Rules Committee

    SB 2833 - $APPROP-NATURAL RESOURCES - Illinois 100th GA

    Senate Sponsors
    Sen. Karen McConnaughay

    Filed: SB 2833 on 2/13/2018

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Appropriates $179,900 from the State Boating Act Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for the ordinary and contingent expenses related to ice boom establishment and maintenance at East Dundee and Carpentersville. Effective immediately.


    Last Actions:

    HB 5130 & SB 2824 - DNR WORST CASE ANALYSIS SCENARIO - Illinois 100th GA

    Senate Sponsors
    Sen. David Koehler

    Filed: SB 2824 on 2/13/2018

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Jay Hoffman
    Filed: HB 5130 2/15/18

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act. Provides that when considering whether to issue a permit for construction or maintenance or repair of a levee or flood wall under a provision in the Act, the Department of Natural Resources shall consider the flood discharge that would just overtop a levee or flood wall when conducting a worst-case scenario analysis. Defines "worst-case scenario analysis". Effective immediately.



    SB 2824 Last Actions:

    HB 5130 Last Actions:

    HB 5066 & SB 3247 - IDOT/DNR LAND TRANSFERS- Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Avery Bourne

    Filed: HB 5066 on 2/14/2018

    Senate Sponsors
    Sen. Dale Fowler

    Filed: SB 3247 on 2/14/2018


    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to make certain real estate conveyances in Bureau County, Menard County, and Pulaski County, subject to specified conditions. Authorizes the Department of Transportation to make certain real estate conveyances in Grundy County, DuPage County, DeKalb County, Montgomery County, Tazewell County, and Mason County, subject to specified conditions. Effective immediately.

    HB 5066 Last Actions:
    SB 3247 Last Actions:

    HB 5049 - Youth Deer Permits - Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

    Filed: HB 5049 on 2/14/2018

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that deer hunting permits for youth hunters shall be open statewide and not limited to one specific county.

    Last Actions:

    HB 5015 - DNR Programs Equipment - Illinois 100th GA

    House Sponsors
    Rep. Ryan Spain

    Filed: HB 5015 on 2/14/2018

    AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 5015

    Amend House Bill 5015 on page 2, line 15, after the period, by inserting "The Department shall not be liable for civil damages arising from a volunteer operating his or her own light equipment in carrying out functions granted by the Department, except for willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the Department."; and  on page 4, line 14, after the period, by inserting "The Department shall not be liable for civil damages arising from a volunteer operating his or her own light equipment in carrying out functions granted by the Department, except for willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the Department.".

    Synopsis As Introduced:

    Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Amends provisions concerning the Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail programs. Provides that a volunteer may bring his or her own light equipment, including, but not limited to, a lawn mower, chainsaw, or other appropriate equipment to carry out functions granted by the Department at his or her own risk, so long as it does not interfere with work historically performed by Department employees.

    Last Actions:


    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

    Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

    Photos from the Office of Management & Budget & the DNR 

    Today Governor Rauner released his FY19 proposed operating budget for the DNR.  You can find it on page 262 of the Proposed Operating Budget.  An operating budget is where 'appropriations are for consumable goods and services such as salaries and benefits, commodities, utilities, and professional services that are purchased and used during any one fiscal year.' 

    The Governor is proposing a 1.5% increase from FY18 that would support a Conservation Officer Trainee class which will be required due to retirement and other similar situations. This proposed budget also maintains a fully funded historic preservation department which the IDNR acquired during 2017.  Hunting and fishing licenses will remain the same price for FY19 while maintaining operations of all state parks and campgrounds.

    If this is your first time looking at the DNR budget, it can be overwhelming due to the fact that there are many different programs, departments and funds associated with the agency.  You can find this breakdown on page 263 of the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget.

    The Governor also proposed a Capital Budget for the IDNR.  A Capital Budget is when 'appropriations are for assets that have a long-term useful life, such as buildings, highways, underground or surface infrastructure, durable equipment and land. Capital appropriations may span multiple fiscal years.' You can find the DNR Capital Appropriations beginning on page 56 of the Governor Proposed FY19 Capital Budget.

    Over several years, the DNR has gone without capital appropriations and with that came deterioration of many DNR properties.  A fully funded capital budget in FY19 will allow the agency to do the over $24 million improvements that they have identified. These projects are highlighted on page 57 of this budget.

    The fiscal year 2019 proposed budget provides funding for a complete DNR capital program. This includes: 
    • The continuation of prior year outdoor grant projects, flood hazard mitigation buyouts, mined lands reclamation, recreational trail and water resources programming; 
    • Additional spending authority to finish previously awarded projects; and 
    • Pay-as-you-go appropriations allowing the department to carry out projects and programming that are both core to its mission and can allow for federal match or reimbursement. 
    BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS 
    The recommended fiscal year 2019 capital budget continues to fund grants and programs that were included in the fiscal year 2018 budget. 
    • Additional spending authority to finish out prior year obligations is included, such as: 
      •  $25 million in authority to fund previous years’ awards for the Museum Grant Program; and  
      • $64 million to continue prior year grants from the Park and Recreational Facilities (PARC) program. 
    • $30.5 million is included for Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) projects, including $15.0 million for new projects in fiscal year 2019.
    As hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts we understand how bad the DNR needs this capital appropriation to just maintain our state parks and make them more enjoyable for all visitors.

    As a reminder, this is the Governor's Proposed budget, it has not been enacted or approved.  This begins the long negotiations of a budget in Illinois, so continue to check back with Capitol Outdoors throughout this process. 

    Remember Enjoy the Outdoors, Good Luck and Stay Safe


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