2020 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 430 - PUBLIC SAFETY
430 ILCS 27/ - Illinois Propane Education and Research Act of 1997.

(430 ILCS 27/1)

Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Propane Education and Research Act of 1997.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/5)

Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Council" means a Propane Education and Research Council created pursuant to Section 10 of this Act;

"Director" means Director of Agriculture or his or her designee;

"Education" means any action to provide information regarding propane, propane equipment, mechanical and technical practices, and propane uses to consumers and members of the propane industry;

"Industry" means those persons involved in the production, transportation, and sale of propane, and the manufacture and distribution of propane utilization equipment;

"Industry trade association" means an organization exempt from tax, under Section 501(c)(3), or (6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, representing the propane industry;

"Odorized propane" means propane which has an odorant added to it;

"Placed into commerce" means delivered, transported for storage, or sold within the State of Illinois;

"Producer" means the owner of propane at the time it is recovered at a gas processing plant or refinery; irrespective of the state where production occurs;

"Propane" means a hydrocarbon whose chemical composition is predominately C3H8, whether recovered from natural gas or crude oil, and includes liquified petroleum gases and mixtures thereof;

"Public member" means a member of the Council other than a representative of producers or retail marketers representing significant users of propane, public safety officials, state regulatory officials, or other groups knowledgeable about propane;

"Qualified industry organization" means the Illinois Propane Gas Association, the National Propane Gas Association, the Gas Processors Association, a successor association of these associations, or any other propane industry organization;

"Research" means any type of study, investigation or other activities designed to advance the image, desirability, usage, marketability, efficiency, and safety of propane and to further the development of such information;

"Retail marketer" means a person engaged primarily in the sale of odorized propane to the ultimate consumer or to retail propane dispensers; and

"Retail propane dispenser" means a person who sells odorized propane to the ultimate consumer but is not engaged primarily in the business of such sales.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98; 91-484, eff. 1-1-00.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/10)

Sec. 10. Referendum; creation and termination of a program.

(a) Qualified industry organizations shall conduct at their own expense, a referendum among producers and retail marketers for the creation of an Illinois Propane Education and Research Council. The Council, if established, shall reimburse the qualified industry organizations for the cost of the referendum accounting and documentation. The referendum shall be conducted by an independent auditing firm agreed to by the qualified industry organizations. The results, as certified by an independent auditing firm, shall be submitted to the Director within 30 days of certification. Voting rights in the referendum shall be based on the volume of propane produced or odorized propane sold in the previous calendar year. Upon approval of those persons representing two-thirds of the total volume of propane voted in the retail marketer class and two-thirds of all propane voted in the producer class, the Council shall be established, and shall be authorized to levy an assessment on odorized propane in accordance with Section 20. All persons voting in the referendum shall certify to the independent auditing firm the volume of propane represented by their vote.

(b) On the Council's own initiative, or on petition to the Council by producers and retail marketers representing 35% of the volume of propane in each class, the Council shall, at its own expense, hold a referendum to be conducted by an independent auditing firm selected by the Council, to determine whether the industry favors termination or suspension of the Council. Termination or suspension shall not take effect unless it is approved by persons representing more than one-half of the total volume of odorized propane in the retail marketer class and more than one-half the total volume of propane in the producer class.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/15)

Sec. 15. Illinois Propane Education and Research Council.

(a) The qualified industry organizations shall select all retail marketers, public, and producer members of the Council. The producer organizations shall select the producer members of the Council, the retail marketer organizations shall select retail marketer members, and all qualified industry organizations shall jointly select the public members. Vacancies in the unfinished terms of Council members shall be filled in the same manner as were the original appointments.

(b) In selecting members of the Council, the qualified industry organizations shall give due regard to selecting a Council that is representative of the industry, including representation of:

  • (1) gas processors and oil refiners among producers;
  • (2) interstate and intrastate operators among retail marketers;
  • (3) large and small companies among producers and retail marketers, including agricultural cooperatives; and
  • (4) diverse geographic regions of the State.

(c) The Council shall consist of 12 members, with 6 members representing retail marketers, 4 members representing producers, and 2 public members. Other than the public members, Council members shall be full-time employees or owners of businesses in the industry or representatives of agricultural cooperatives. No employee of a qualified industry organization shall serve as a member of the Council, and no member of the Council may serve concurrently as an officer of the board of directors of a qualified industry organization or other trade association. Only one person at a time from any company or its affiliate may serve on the Council. The Director may serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Council.

(d) Council members shall receive no compensation for their services. Council members may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses directly related to their participation in Council meetings.

(e) Council members shall serve terms of 3 years. The Council shall notify the Director of the name, address, and propane-related affiliation, if any, of a Council member within 30 days after the appointment of the member to the Council.

(f) The Council shall develop programs and projects and enter into contracts or agreements for implementing this Act, including programs to enhance consumer and employee safety and training, to provide for research and development of clean and efficient propane utilization equipment, to inform and educate the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of propane, and to provide for the payment of the costs thereof with funds collected pursuant to this Act. The Council shall coordinate its activities with industry trade associations and others as appropriate to provide efficient delivery of services and to avoid unnecessary duplication of activities.

(g) Issues related to research and development, safety, education, and training shall be given priority by the Council in the development of its programs and projects.

(h) The Council shall select from among its members a Chairperson and other officers as necessary, may establish committees and subcommittees of the Council, and shall adopt rules and bylaws for the conduct of business and the implementation of this Act. The Council shall establish procedures for the solicitation of industry comment and recommendations on any significant plans, programs, and projects to be funded by the Council. The Council may establish advisory committees of persons other than Council members.

(i) At the beginning of each fiscal period, the Council shall prepare a budget plan for the next fiscal period, including the probable cost of all programs, projects, and contracts and a recommended rate of assessment sufficient to cover such costs. The Council shall submit the proposed budget to the Director for review and comment. The Director may recommend programs and activities considered appropriate.

(j) The Council shall keep minutes, books, and records that clearly reflect all of the acts and transactions of the Council and make public such information. The books of the Council shall be audited by a certified public accountant at least once each fiscal year and at such other times as the Council may designate. The expense of the audit shall be the responsibility of the Council. Copies of such audit shall be provided to all members of the Council, all qualified industry organizations, and to other members of the industry upon request.

(Source: P.A. 93-716, eff. 1-1-05.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/20)

Sec. 20. Assessments.

(a) The Council shall set the initial assessment at no greater than 1/10 of 1 cent per gallon of odorized propane. Thereafter, annual assessments shall be sufficient to cover the costs of plans and programs developed by the Council. The assessment shall not be greater than 1/2 cent per gallon of odorized propane, unless approved by the majority of those voting in a referendum in both the producer and retail marketer class. In no case may the assessment be raised by more than 1/10 of 1 cent per gallon of odorized propane annually.

(b) The owner of odorized propane at the time of odorization, or the time of import of odorized propane shall make the assessment based on the volume of odorized propane sold and placed into commerce. The assessment, when made, shall be listed as a separate line item on the bill labeled "Illinois Propane Education and Research Assessment". Assessments collected from purchasers of propane are payable to the Council on a monthly basis by the 25th of the month following the month of collection. If payment is not made to the Council by the due date under this subsection, an interest penalty of 1% of any amount unpaid shall be added for each month or fraction of a month after the due date, until final payment is made.

(c) The Council may establish an alternative means of collecting the assessment if another means is found to be more efficient and effective. The Council may establish a late payment charge and rate of interest to be imposed on any person who fails to remit or pay to the Council any amount due under this Act.

(d) Pending disbursement pursuant to a program, plan, or project, the Council shall invest funds collected through assessments, and any other funds received by the Council, only in obligations of the United States or any agency thereof, in general obligations of any State or political subdivision thereof, in any interest-bearing account or certificate of deposit of a bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, or in obligations fully guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/25)

Sec. 25. Refunds. A purchaser of propane who has an assessment added as a line item to the sale price may, by application in writing to the Council, secure a refund in the amount added. The refund shall be payable when the application has been made to the Council within 60 days after the assessment. Interest shall be allowed and paid at the rate of 6% per annum upon the total amount of such assessment imposed by this Act, except that if any such assessment is refunded within 90 days after an application for refund has been made within the required 60 days after assessment or within 90 days after the seller of the propane remits the assessments collected to the Council, whichever is later, no interest shall be allowed on such assessment. Each application for refund by a purchaser of propane shall have attached thereto proof of assessment charged. A purchaser who obtains a refund is not eligible for any benefits provided under the Council's programs.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/30)

Sec. 30. Compliance. The circuit court is vested with the jurisdiction specifically to enforce this Act, and prevent or restrain any person from violating any provisions of this Act. A successful action for compliance under this Section may also require payment by the defendant of the costs incurred by the Council in bringing the action.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/35)

Sec. 35. Lobbying restrictions. No funds collected by the Council shall be used in any manner for influencing legislation or elections, except that the Council may recommend to the Director changes in this Act or other statutes that would further the purpose of this Act.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/40)

Sec. 40. Pricing. In all cases, the price of propane shall be determined by market forces. Consistent with the antitrust laws, the Council may take no action, nor may any provision of this Act be interpreted as establishing an agreement to pass along to consumers the cost of the assessment provided for in Section 20.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

 

(430 ILCS 27/45)

Sec. 45. Relation to other programs. Nothing in this Act may be construed to preempt or supersede any other program relating to propane education and research organized and operated under the laws of the State of Illinois.

(Source: P.A. 90-305, eff. 1-1-98.)

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