Illinois E-Scrap Bill Sent To Governor

An Illinois bill increasing the amount of material e-scrap manufacturers must collect and recycle has been sent to the governor.

The legislation would require manufacturers to pay for the collection and recycling of 23,300 tons of e-scrap in 2015 and 24,800 tons in each of 2016 and 2017, up from 21,102 tons in 2014.

The bill has been delayed by a reported standoff between first-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic Party-controlled General Assembly over the state budget.

The e-scrap bill passed unanimously out of both the Senate and House of Representatives as of May 19. The House sent it to Rauner on June 17, just before the 30-day legal deadline for sending him the bill.

Rauner now has 60 days to act on it. If he does nothing, it becomes law. If he vetoes it, a three-fifths vote from each chamber would be needed to overcome the veto.

The bill was the product of negotiations between various stakeholders, and it's seen as a temporary fix to the e-scrap program. Stakeholders expect to return to the table to discuss future legislation changing the program.

Jerry Peck, associate director of government affairs for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA), previously told E-Scrap News he put together a letter from the IMA sent to the governor asking him sign the bill immediately.

"If that's the law and we all agree to it, let's change that as soon as possible," he said.

Doing so will allow the manufacturers more time to do their necessary accounting work and prepare for the bill's requirements, he said.

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