With a 57-0 vote, State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) passed his first bill through the Illinois Senate on April 26.
“It is an honor to represent the constituents of the 58th Senate District and today I was fortunate to pass my first bill which makes a life a little easier for small businesses,” Schimpf said.
Senate Bill 1433 gives small entities who self-report non-compliance issues to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency the ability to seek a 100 percent reduction in the portion of penalties.
This provision applies only to penalties assessed that are not associated from the profits tied to non-compliance.
The legislative measure was supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the National Federation of Independent Business and several other business and trade organizations.
Senate Bill 1433 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.