Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Subject to appropriation, requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish a one-year pilot program to reduce asian carp by stimulating their bulk harvest in the Illinois River and by increasing the number of native fish. Requires the Department to issue a report with the results of the Asian Carp Reduction Pilot Program to the General Assembly no later than December 31, 2010. Imposes conditions on any rulemaking authority. Repeals these added provisions on January 1, 2011. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces a provision authorizing the Department to contract with "licensed commercial fishermen and other organizations" with a provision authorizing the Department to contract with "research institutions, such as Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and the Illinois Natural History Survey". Replaces a provision authorizing the Department to use appropriated funds to provide grants to "natural resource conservation organizations that serve the Illinois River basin" with a provision authorizing the Department to use appropriated funds for administrative costs that it incurs in implementing the pilot program. Deletes a provision that limits rulemaking authority.