proposed amendments will impact licensed plumbers and their employers:
Department of Public Health proposed amendments to Plumbers Licensing Code (68
IAC 750; 39 Ill. Reg. 14297) concerning licensure examinations,
responsibilities of plumbing inspectors and other changes updating the Part to
align with current statute. The
rulemaking requires local ordinances that are more stringent than the Illinois
Plumbing Code to be reviewed and approved by DPH before they can be formally
adopted by the local government unit. It
also includes provisions for making reasonable accommodations under the
Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with disabilities seeking to take
the licensure exam; provides that persons who cheat on the licensure exam will
be immediately expelled from the exam and barred from retesting for at least 6
months (instead of requiring an appearance before the Board of Plumbing
Examiners prior to imposition of the penalty); permits Illinois licensed
professional engineers, as well as licensed plumbers, to teach courses in
plumbing; clarifies the duties of plumbing inspectors; and expands the grounds
for disciplinary action against plumbing inspectors to include failure to
follow any directive or order of DPH, or “any other form of misconduct”.
: The rulemaking seeks to update the duties of
the State Board of Plumbing Examiners, the provisions related to the
administration of the Plumbing Licensing Examination, the plumbing education
course requirements, the requirements to inspect plumbing and the
duties/responsibilities of plumbers who inspect plumbing, amendments to the
establishment of plumbing programs and ordinances by governmental units and
amendments to plumbing inspector violations.
The amendments will align the Code with the Act and provide clarity to
existing processes utilized by the Department.
For questions or comments, contact Elizabeth Paton, Assistant General
Counsel, Illinois Department of Public Health, at (217) 782-2043 or email dph.rules@Illinois.gov.
Click here to submit comments.
regulation will impact pharmacies:
Department of Human Services proposed an amendment to Electronic Prescription
Monitoring Program (77 IAC 2080; 39 Ill. Reg. 14212) shortening the timeframe
for pharmacies and other entities to report dispensing of prescription drugs to
the DHS Prescription Monitoring Program.
Dispensers will be required to report new or renewed prescriptions no later
than the next business day after the drugs are dispensed (currently, within 7
days after dispensing).
This rulemaking affects the Electronic
Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) which is designed to control the abuse of
Schedule II, III, IV and V retail dispensed drugs. The proposed amendment changes the
requirement that dispensers report to the central repository each time a
Schedule II, III, IV or V drug or other selected drugs is dispensed from not
more than 7 days after dispensing to no later than the next business day after
dispensing; or if no drugs are dispensed, then a zero report is required. The amendment will result in more frequent
reporting and will improve the use of the PMP in identifying patients
exhibiting prescription seeking behavior.
For questions or comments contact Tracie Drew at (217) 785-9772 or
Click here to submit comments.
proposed rule will impact businesses with video gaming licenses:
Illinois Gaming Board proposed amendments to Video Gaming (General) (11 IAC
1800; 39 Ill. Reg 14809) that prohibit licensed terminal handlers and licensed
technicians from playing video gaming terminals (VGTs); prohibit a person with
significant influence or control over a terminal operator from playing VGTs at
any location with which that operator has a use agreement; and require VGTs to
be played only during hours when a licensed location is open to the public, or
in the case of fraternal or veterans’ organizations, when the location is
generally open to members.
Bottom Line: Location licensees will have a responsibility
under this rulemaking to ensure that video gaming terminals on their premises
are played only during business hours when the location is open for business,
or in the case of licensed fraternal organizations, when the location is open
to the membership.
proposed rulemaking amends 11 Ill. Admin. Code 1800.260 ("Duties of
Licensed Technicians and Licensed Terminal Handlers") by prohibiting licensed
terminal handlers and licensed technicians from playing video gaming terminals
("VGTs"). As provided under
Section 5 of the Video Gaming Act [230 ILCS 40/5], licensed technicians are
licensed to repair, service, and maintain VGTs, and licensed terminal handlers
are licensed to possess or control VGTs and to have access to their inner
workings. The rulemaking also amends 11
Ill. Adm. Code 1800.270 ("Duties of Licensed Video Gaming Locations")
by requiring video gaming terminals to be played only during business hours
when the location is open for business or, in the case of licensed fraternal establishments
and licensed veterans establishments, when the location is generally open to
the membership. Additionally, the
rulemaking amends 11 Ill. Adm. Code 1800.430 ("Persons with Significant
Influence or Control") to prohibit a Person with Significant Influence or Control
("PSIC") of a terminal operator from playing video gaming terminals
at a location with which the terminal operator has entered into a use
agreement. The changes made by this
rulemaking are intended to further ensure the integrity of video gaming in
Illinois. For questions or comments,
contact James Pellum, Illinois Gaming Board, at James.Pellum@igb.Illinois.gov.
Click here to submit comments.
proposed regulation will impact businesses seeking DOT contracts or
prequalification to bid on DOT contracts:
Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Transportation (CPO-DOT) and
the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed amendments to the Parts titled
Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Transportation – Standard
Procurement (44 IAC 6; 39 Ill. Reg. 15040) and Prequalification of Contractors,
Authorization to Bid, and Subcontractor Registration (44 IAC 650; 39 Ill. Reg.
15061), clarifying and updating various provisions related to DOT contracting
and bidding. CPO-DOT’s amendments to
Part 6 define “satisfactory evidence of compliance” as a bidder’s certification
or other assurance of compliance with the Procurement Code in the contract bid
proposal; clarify that contract prequalification rating. Other provisions address forms and procedures
for requesting an authorization to bid, eliminate provisions regarding
financial disclosures (which are not part of the prequalification process, but
are addressed in 44 IAC6), and update provisions for collecting information
from trucking and material supply firms in accordance with federal
regulations. Both rulemakings also
update website links and make each Part more consistent with the Code and
Bottom Line: The Department is amending this Part to
clarify and update provisions. Following are the significant changes being made
to the Part. At Section 650.10, Purpose,
the Department is clarifying that the Chief Procurement Officer for the
Department of Transportation and the Department work cooperatively in prequalifying
contractors to determine their responsibility.
At Section 650.20, Definitions, the Department is clarifying the
definitions of "Authorization to Bid," "Prequalification,"
"Request for Authorization to Bid or Not for Bid Status," and adding
definitions for "Eligible" and "Special Letting."
Section 650.30, Introduction to Prequalification, the Department is clarifying
that a determination of prequalification, and not the Certificate of
Eligibility, permits a contractor to make application for Authorization to Bid
on contracts, in accordance with this Part.
At Section 650.40, Application Requirements, the Department is updating
website links. At Section 650.50, Time
for Submission, the Department is clarifying the timeframe for a determination
of a prequalification rating. In the past, due to administrative delays, the Department
has been unable to make the determination three days in advance of the letting.
Under the proposed amendment, as long as the contractor complies with the application
requirements and deadlines, the Department will work to issue the rating prior to
the letting date so the contractor can bid on projects. At Section 650.70, Waiver of Prequalification
and Additional Responsibility Considerations, the Department is bringing the
Part up to current practice. At Section
650.80, Issuance and Effect of Ratings, the Department is removing subsection
(d) because the financial interest disclosures are not part of the prequalification
process. Instead, they are currently, and appropriately, prescribed under 44
Ill. Adm. Code 6. At Section 650.90,
Effective Date of Ratings, the Department is clarifying that the effective date
of a firm's Prequalification shall be the date on which the ratings are determined
and approved At Section 650.260, Equipment Factor (EqF), the Department is
clarifying that any piece of equipment that can be assembled for contract
performance may be used.
Section 650.290, Advertising for Bids, the Department is clarifying that the procedures
for procuring contracts are set out in the Chief Procurement Officer's rules
for contract procurement found at 44 Ill. Adm. Code 6. At Section 650.300, Request for Authorization
to Bid or Not for Bid Status, the Department is clarifying that the Form BDE124
shall be used by contractors to request Authorization to Bid.
Section 650.315, Disclosure of Other Procurement Relationships, the Department
is updating the Part for consistency with section 50-35(a) of the Code. At Section 650.340, Joint Ventures, the
Department is making the unaudited thresholds consistent with current practice. At Section 650.370, Registration of
Subcontractors, the Department will collect information from Participant firms
who are primarily providing trucking and material supplies in accordance with
federal regulations. Subcontractors and prequalified firms on the registered
list of firms will not change. At
Section 650.380, Eligibility to Quote or Perform Subcontract Work, the
Department is clarifying that bids can be solicited from anyone; however, those
subcontractors chosen by the Department's contractors must be registered in
accordance with Subpart C of this Part before they are approved to work on
Department projects. At Section
650.APPENDIX A, Available Work Categories, the Department is adding pressure
washing to the "25 – Painting and Cleaning" category. The Department
is adding modified urethane to the "27 – Pavement Markings" category.
The Department is amending the calculation of work rating to the "3 –
Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) Plant Mix" category.
For questions, requests for copies, or comments through January 3, 2016,
contact Bill Grunloh (217) 558-5434, Michael Copp (217) 782-3414, or Sannaz
Etemadi (217) 524-7763.
Click here to submit comments.
amendments will impact businesses with state or federal discharge permits:
Pollution Control Board proposed amendments to the Part titled Permits (35 IAC
309; 39 Ill. Reg. 15103) concerning procedures for issuing National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) federal permits as well as permits issued
by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for construction or operation
of systems that do not require NPDES permits.
The rulemaking allows permittees to request a waiver from the
requirement to apply for renewal of a NPDES permit at least 180 days prior to
the expiration date of the current permit.
The waiver request must include an explanation of why the permittee
cannot apply within the normal timeframe and must specify the date by which the
permittee will submit the application.
IEPA must grant or deny the waiver within 21 days after it receives the
request. Operating permits for sewers,
wastewater sources, and pretreatment works may remain valid for the lifetime of
these systems (currently, permits must be renewed at least every 5 years). An operating permit may be terminated if IEPA
determines that a permitted facility is no longer in operation or existence, or
if the permittee requests termination.
Other provisions specify conditions that require pretreatment works to
obtain modified operating permits; list discharges that are not required to
have a state operating permit, although they may require state construction
permits; require construction permits for new sewers or wastewater sources that
are being connected to public sanitary or combined sewer systems; and exempt
certain facilities (e.g. cooling towers, ion exchange systems or reverse
osmosis treatment for industrial course waters from construction permitting
Bottom Line: The changes in this
rule allow flexibility in filing renewal applications for NPDES permits. They also reduce the permitting burden and
allow the Illinois EPA to issue lifetime permitting permits. For questions or comments contact Jason James
at Jason.James@Illinois.gov, or
call (312) 814-6929.