regulation will impact owners of buildings with boiler systems and museums or
other entities that operate historical boiler equipment:
Office of the State Fire Marshal proposed amendments to Boiler and Pressure
Vessel Safety (41 IAC 2120; 40 Ill. Reg. 6974) requiring installation of carbon
dioxide detectors in commercial buildings where any portion of a pressurized
CO2 system is located; requiring intake and exhaust points of ventilation
piping in any boiler system installed after 12/1/14 to be located outside of
the building served and at least 36 inches above grade; and requiring
performance of a full grid ultrasonic testing (UT) inspection on historical
boilers (those that power steam locomotives, antique tractors, steamboats or
other historic vehicles or conveyances) that miss the required 2-year
Bottom Line: These proposed changes would require that
carbon dioxide detectors be placed inside every commercial building where any
portion of a pressurized carbon dioxide vessel system is located. The changes would also, for newly installed
systems only, require that the exit points of boiler ventilation piping (both
intake and exhaust) must be located outside of an occupancy at least 36 inches
above grade to prevent carbon monoxide buildup during times of high
snowfall. Third, the changes clarify the
inspection cycle for a historical boiler in the event that one or more required
inspections are not conducted by the owner or operator. If four consecutive years of inspections are
not conducted, this rulemaking would require the owner to start a new cycle of
regular inspections at 2-year intervals with an initial inspection that
conducts ultrasonic testing *UT) of 100% of the surface of the object using
certified UT testing personnel. These
amendments would also update the national technical codes incorporated into
these rules as required by Section 2 of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety
Act, 430 ILCS 75/2. For questions, to
submit comments, or for further information, contact Tom Andryk, Office of the
State Fire Marshall at (217) 785-5758 or email Thomas.Andryk@Illinois.gov. Click here to submit comments.
regulation will impact small businesses seeking contracts with the Office of
the Secretary of State:
Secretary of State proposed amendments to Secretary of State Standard
Procurement (44 IAC 2000; 40 Ill. Reg. 7043) raising the small purchase
threshold for contracts exempt from competitive bidding from $25,000 to $40,000.
Bottom Line: The Secretary of State’s office will accept
all written comments during the 45-day first notice period which ends June 20,
2016. For questions or comments contact
Amy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (217) 785-3094. Click here to submit comments.
The following proposed regulation will impact small businesses (those appealing
adverse actions or seeking removal from an exclusion list) that are parties to
hearings before the Illinois Gaming Board conducted under the provisions of the
Video Gaming Act:
Illinois Gaming Board proposed amendments to Video Gaming (General) (11 IAC
1800; 40 Ill. Reg. 7275 affecting administrative hearing procedures. The rulemaking allows any party to a hearing
concerning a license denial or restriction, a disciplinary action, or placement
on or removal from an exclusion list to file exceptions to findings of fact,
conclusions of law, and recommendations of the hearing officer or
Administrative Law Judge no later than 14 days after receipt of the recommended
decision. Exceptions shall specify each
finding of fact and conclusion of law to which exception is taken, and no oral
arguments shall be conducted on exceptions.
Bottom Line: The rulemaking gives the parties the ability
to file exceptions to findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations
of a hearing officer. The rule applies
to hearings on denials of applications for licensure as well as hearings on
disciplinary actions against licensees.
For questions or to submit comments, contact Agostino Lorenzini at the
Illinois Gaming Board. Click here to submit comments.
proposed regulation will impact small businesses seeking contracts with the
Treasurer’s Office proposed amendments to the part titled Procurement (44 Ill.
Adm. Code 1400; 40 Ill. Reg. 7602) revising the Office’s procurement policies
since the rules were last amended in 2000.
The rulemaking includes new or revised definitions of the terms contract,
contractor or vendor, award, Deputy Treasurer, Request for Information and
Request for Proposals (RFP) and authorizes possible joint purchasing under the
Governmental Joint Purchasing Act.
Provisions that make written minutes of bidders’ conferences binding on
the parties are being stricken. All
existing specific provisions procedures on multi-step bidding are being
replaced with a statement that multi-step bidding may be conducted. The rulemaking also repeals the current
requirements that the Treasurer’s CPO must make a written finding in favor of
competitive sealed proposals in lieu of a bidding process and those proposals
and modifications may only be shown to personnel having a legitimate interest
in them. The Office is raising its small
purchase contract dollar threshold to the maximum recently recommended by the
Illinois Procurement Policy Board, from $25,000 to $80,000. Contracts for professional and artistic
services for less than $30,000 may be made without advance notice, competition
or any use of source selection, at the discretion of the Treasurer’s CPO. Examples of permissible sole source
procurements cited in the rulemaking include media for advertising; radio and
television rights; a federal or state grant that requires a named vendor; or an
item that is copyrighted or patented.
Procedural elements for the solicitation of professional and artistic
services are being repealed (e.g., justification of the service procured,
qualifications of the provider of the service, publication of forms to be sued,
and minimum contract requirements).
Prequalification of professional and artistic vendors is being
repealed. Leases cannot be for a term of
more than 10 years. Protocols are also
prescribed for vendors seeking to withhold information deemed exempt from the
Freedom of Information Act.
Bottom Line: The changes to the
Treasurer’s Procurement Rules are intended to update procedures and
requirements to more closely align with changes in the Illinois Procurement
Code, changes in technology, and similar rules used by other constitutional
officers. Changes bring this part into
compliance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The small purchase limit is adjusted and
linked to the Chief Procurement Officer for General Services limit. Additionally, the rulemaking provides that
the Treasurer’s office may enter into joint purchasing agreements pursuant to
the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act. For
questions or to submit comments, contact G. Allen Mayer, Deputy Legal Counsel,
Illinois State Treasurer at (217) 557-2673 or email AMayer@illinoistreasurer.gov. Click here to submit comments.