A bipartisan compromise meant to spur jobs and encourage energy independence is finally making its way toward implementation, more than a year after being passed.
Proposed rules for implementing Illinois’ new hydraulic fracturing rules are set to be reviewed by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) September 16.
Senate Bill 1715 was approved May 31, 2013, with overwhelming support from both parties and was widely viewed as model legislation with major business and environmental organizations supporting the compromise. However, since being signed into law, the implementation has moved slowly, with many critical of the state’s Department of Natural Resources for what they viewed as foot-dragging.
When lawmakers review the proposed rules, they will debate whether or not the agency overstepped its authority in writing proposed rules to implement the new law.
The bipartisan JCAR is a committee of legislators assigned to review the rules that state agencies must adopt when implementing legislation. It is their responsibility to assure that the executive branch rules match up with what the legislature intended when a bill was passed.