IFB seeks more transparency in state endangered species law

Find out where the organization stands on other state bills that have implications for agriculture.

By Kay Shipman

Illinois Farm Bureau seeks to improve transparency of the Illinois Endangered Species Act with SB 1336, sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and HB 2425, Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport.

The bill proposes the state would not require an additional incidental taking permit for a threatened or endangered species if a federal conservation agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in effect.

In addition, the legislation seeks landowner representation on the state Endangered Species Protection Board and requires additional transparency when the board automatically lists a species as threatened or endangered in Illinois because it has been listed by the federal government.

IFB also supports legislation that would establish the right of first refusal of property heirs in cases of forced sale. SB 1780, sponsored by Sen. Rachelle Aud Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, and HB 3677, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, establishes the right of first refusal to co-tenants. The law preserves the right of a co-tenant to sell his or her interest in inherited property, while ensuring other co-tenants have the necessary due process to prevent a forced sale.

IFB again opposes proposed legislation that would allow any individual to sue an agency and the person involved with a permit decision or approval of a livestock farm under the state Livestock Management Facilities Act. HB 2839, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, would result in farmers and others seeking state approval to face expensive lawsuits from anyone who does not agree with an agency decision.

IFB also opposes SB 1481, sponsored by Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria, that would amend the Livestock Management Facilities Act to allow a county government board to submit a binding recommendation about proposed livestock farms for more than 1,000 animal units to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

As proposed, the legislation would require IDOA to not issue a notice of intent to construct if a county board opposes a facility. Approval by a county board would not require IDOA to approve a facility, and agency would still go through the approval process.

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