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Full Text of HB1841  95th General Assembly


Rep. Julie Hamos

Filed: 1/9/2008





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1841 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Regional Transportation Authority Act is
5 amended by changing Section 5.01 as follows:
6     (70 ILCS 3615/5.01)  (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 705.01)
7     Sec. 5.01. Hearings and Citizen Participation.
8     (a) The Authority shall provide for and encourage
9 participation by the public in the development and review of
10 public transportation policy, and in the process by which major
11 decisions significantly affecting the provision of public
12 transportation are made. To the extent practical, the Authority
13 shall coordinate the public-participation processes with the
14 Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
15     (b) The Authority shall hold such public hearings as may be
16 required by this Act or as the Authority may deem appropriate



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1 to the performance of any of its functions. To the extent
2 practical, the Authority shall coordinate the public hearings
3 with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
4     (c) Unless such items are specifically provided for either
5 in the Five-Year Program or in the annual budget program which
6 has been the subject of public hearings as provided in Sections
7 2.01 or 4.01 of this Act, the Board shall hold public hearings
8 at which citizens may be heard prior to:
9     (i) the construction or acquisition of any public
10 transportation facility, the aggregate cost of which exceeds $5
11 million; and
12     (ii) the extension of, or major addition to services
13 provided by the Authority or by any transportation agency
14 pursuant to a purchase of service agreement with the Authority.
15     (d) Unless such items are specifically provided for in the
16 annual budget and program which has been the subject of public
17 hearing, as provided in Section 4.01 of this Act, the Board
18 shall hold public hearings at which citizens may be heard prior
19 to the providing for or allowing, by means of any purchase of
20 service agreement or any grant pursuant to Section 2.02 of this
21 Act, any general increase or series of increases in fares or
22 charges for public transportation, whether by the Authority or
23 by any transportation agency, which increase or series of
24 increases within any twelve months affects more than 25% of the
25 consumers of service of the Authority or of the transportation
26 agency; or so providing for or allowing any discontinuance of



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1 any public transportation route, or major portion thereof,
2 which has been in service for more than a year.
3     (e) At least twenty days prior notice of any public
4 hearing, as required in this Section, shall be given by public
5 advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the
6 metropolitan region.
7     (f) The Authority may designate one or more Directors or
8 may appoint one or more hearing officers to preside over any
9 hearing pursuant to this Act. The Authority shall have the
10 power in connection with any such hearing to issue subpoenas to
11 require the attendance of witnesses and the production of
12 documents, and the Authority may apply to any circuit court in
13 the State to require compliance with such subpoenas.
14 (Source: P.A. 78-3rd S.S.-5.)
15     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16 becoming law.".