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Springfield…In further support of property rights to local landowners and farmers, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) is happy to report that House Bill 3523 became law today.

The law establishes the Wind Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act. It requires that operators of commercial wind energy facilities located on private property must outline construction, deconstruction and abandonment plans to help preserve the integrity of land that is impacted. Agreements must be made with the landowner and also the Department of Agriculture.

Representative Brown stated, “We maintained great support from state agencies with this legislation, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, as the law’s main intent is to promote the welfare of landowners during the construction and deconstruction of wind energy facilities. It does not in any way impede local control, but it does guarantee to local governments and constituents that any wind energy facility plans take into consideration the safekeeping of not only the land used by the facility, but land nearby the facility. I am happy to bring this assurance to local landowners and farmers.”

After being signed by Governor Rauner, the law is listed as Public Act 99-0132.

Springfield – State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) has expressed his gratitude to the Missouri landowners that successfully blocked a multistate transmission line that would affect farming and property values across all states it would run through, including Illinois. The Missouri Public Service Commission’s 3-2 vote to deny the project’s route can halt the entire line, which had already won approval in Kansas and Indiana. Regulators indicated during a meeting last month that they would deny the project, and Clean Line Energy’s final effort to build more support did not change the vote.

Rep. Brown stated, “I, and all landowners in Illinois that could be affected by this private company’s projected gain, stand with Missouri landowners in their effort to deny this project. Farmers and rural landowners, especially those in the project’s pathway in Shelby County, are adamantly opposed to granting eminent domain to private companies that could harm regional farming and property values. Private property rights are at stake here, and at this time those rights have been protected.”

The massive infrastructure project is not completely dead, as Clean Line has hinted they may seek authority through federal law in their efforts across multiple states.




Springfield – With the State of Illinois set to begin Fiscal Year 2016 without a budget in place, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) will co-sponsor legislation to ensure thousands of state and university employees will still receive paychecks.

As a result of Governor Rauner’s veto last week of the Democrats’ $4 billion unbalanced budget, there is no budget resolution in sight, with both sides deadlocked over spending and taxes. Without a budget in place by July 15, the State will be unable to make payroll for employees in numerous agencies.

With vital state and university services to the District in mind, Rep. Brown has co-sponsored House Bill 4235. The bill ensures that state and university employees continue to be paid, thereby continuing vital services during the state’s budget impasse.

Rep. Brown said, “If the state legislature cannot come together in the bipartisan manner that constituents have asked for, state and university employees of the 102nd District should not see their pay halted. This is a necessary appropriation to the hardworking state and university employees that provide vital services to our students and communities.”


 

 
Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

The federal government does not maintain and is not establishing a separate Do-Not-Call list for wireless phone numbers.

Wireless phone subscribers have always been able to add their personal wireless phone numbers to the national Do-Not-Call list, either online, or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number they wish to register. The do-not-call rules require callers that are not exempt from the rules to stop telemarketing calls 30 days after you register a number.

There is no deadline for registering a number on the national Do-Not-Call list. There is also no longer any need to re-register a number – it will stay on the national Do-Not-Call list until you cancel your registration or discontinue service. Read more.

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) was pleased with the General Assembly’s unanimous approval to allow for a twelve year extension to crucial tax incrementally financed districts in Arcola and Paris. Senate Bill 1714 carried three TIF extensions, including two for Arcola adopted in 2004 and 1993, and one in Paris adopted in 1999.

Rep. Brown stated, “I was proud to bring this legislation on behalf of Paris and Arcola. Now these municipalities have the ability to allow for further economic developments within these extended districts.”

After passing both Houses Senate Bill 1714 awaits the Governor’s approving signature.
SPRINGFIELD – As the end of the legislative session nears, House Democrats have completed their withdrawal from bipartisan working group discussions, and intend to pass an unbalanced budget that looks to spend $4 billion more than the State is taking in. Illinois is estimated to bring in $32 billion next year, with a proposed budget from the majority party that would spend over $36 billion.

State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) stated, “This budget is blatantly disrespectful to hard working taxpayers and families who have called for bipartisan involvement in crafting a sufficient budget that brings proper reforms to Illinois. The people of Illinois were promised transparency in their budget this year, but this overdrawn budget was crafted in the back halls of the Capitol by the majority party without the involvement of cooperative bipartisan working groups.”

The proposed spending is 12% higher than projected revenue, and would push Illinois’ backlog of bills to over $10 billion, equaling 30% of its total revenue.

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