Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Filed: 3/16/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1928 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Southern Illinois University Management
5Act is amended by changing Sections 2 and 6.6 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 520/2)  (from Ch. 144, par. 652)
7    Sec. 2. The Board shall consist of 7 members appointed by
8the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,
9the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or his chief
10assistant for liaison with higher education when designated to
11serve in his place, ex-officio, and 2 voting student members,
12one from each campus of the University. Each student member
13shall be chosen by the respective campuses of Southern
14Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville. The method
15of choosing these student members shall be by campus-wide
16student election. The student members shall serve terms of one



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1year beginning on July 1 of each year, except that the student
2members initially selected shall serve a term beginning on the
3date of such selection and expiring on the next succeeding
4June 30. To be eligible for selection as a student member and
5to be eligible to remain as a student member of the Board, a
6student member must be a resident of this State, must have and
7maintain a grade point average that is equivalent to at least
82.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must be a full-time student enrolled at
9all times during his or her term of office except for that part
10of the term which follows the completion of the last full
11regular semester of an academic year and precedes the first
12full regular semester of the succeeding academic year at the
13university (sometimes commonly referred to as the summer
14session or summer school). If a student member serving on the
15Board fails to continue to meet or maintain the residency,
16minimum grade point average, or enrollment requirement
17established by this Section, his or her membership on the
18Board shall be deemed to have terminated by operation of law.
19No more than 4 of the members appointed by the Governor shall
20be affiliated with the same political party. Each member
21appointed by the Governor must be a resident of this State. A
22failure to meet or maintain this residency requirement
23constitutes a resignation from and creates a vacancy in the
24Board. Upon the expiration of the terms of members appointed
25by the Governor, their respective successors shall be
26appointed for terms of 6 years from the third Monday in January



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1of each odd-numbered year and until their respective
2successors are appointed for like terms. If the Senate is not
3in session appointments shall be made as in the case of
5(Source: P.A. 101-175, eff. 1-1-20.)
6    (110 ILCS 520/6.6)
7    Sec. 6.6. The Illinois Ethanol Research Advisory Board.
8    (a) There is established the Illinois Ethanol Research
9Advisory Board (the "Advisory Board").
10    (b) The Advisory Board shall be composed of 14 13 members
11including: the President of Southern Illinois University who
12shall be Chairman; the Director of Commerce and Economic
13Opportunity; the Director of Agriculture; the President of the
14Illinois Corn Growers Association; the President of the
15National Corn Growers Association; the President of the
16Renewable Fuels Association; the Dean of the College of
17Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Science, University
18of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; the Dean of the College of
19Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences, Southern Illinois
20University at Carbondale, and 6 at-large members appointed by
21the Governor representing the ethanol industry, growers,
22suppliers, and universities.
23    (c) The 6 at-large members shall serve a term of 4 years.
24The Advisory Board shall meet at least annually or at the call
25of the Chairman. At any time a majority of the Advisory Board



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1may petition the Chairman for a meeting of the Board. Seven
2members of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum.
3    (d) The Advisory Board shall:
4        (1) Review the annual operating plans and budget of
5    the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant.
6        (2) Advise on research and development priorities and
7    projects to be carried out at the Corn-to-Ethanol Research
8    Pilot Plant.
9        (3) Advise on policies and procedures regarding the
10    management and operation of the ethanol research pilot
11    plant. This may include contracts, project selection, and
12    personnel issues.
13        (4) Develop bylaws.
14        (5) Submit a final report to the Governor and General
15    Assembly outlining the progress and accomplishments made
16    during the year along with a financial report for the
17    year.
18        (6) Establish and operate, subject to specific
19    appropriation for the purpose of providing facility
20    operating funds, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research
21    Center at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville as
22    a State Biorefining Center of Excellence with the
23    following purposes and goals:
24            (A) To utilize interdisciplinary,
25        interinstitutional, and industrial collaborations to
26        conduct research.



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1            (B) To provide training and services to the
2        ethanol fuel industry to make projects and training to
3        advance the biofuels industry in the State more
4        affordable for the institutional and industrial
5        bodies, including, but not limited to, Illinois
6        farmer-owned ethanol cooperatives.
7            (C) To coordinate near-term industry research
8        needs and laboratory services by identifying needs and
9        pursuing federal and other funding sources.
10            (D) To develop and provide hands-on training to
11        prepare students for the biofuels workforce and train
12        workforce reentrants.
13            (E) To serve as an independent, third-party source
14        for review, testing, validation standardization, and
15        definition in areas of industry need.
16            (F) To provide seminars, tours, and informational
17        sessions advocating renewable energy.
18            (G) To provide consultation services and
19        information for those interested in renewable energy.
20            (H) To develop demonstration projects by pursuing
21        federal and other funding sources.
22    (e) The Advisory Board established by this Section is a
23continuation, as changed by the Section, of the Board
24established under Section 8a of the Energy Conservation and
25Coal Act and repealed by this amendatory Act of the 92nd
26General Assembly.



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1(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06; 95-99, eff. 1-1-08.)
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.".