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HCI Legislative Committee Members


 Leadership

HCI members are represented by a committee of board members.  The committee meets once a month via teleconference.  We communicate with our representatives, draft new legislation, and work to get pending legislation approved.  

 Elaine Ramesh, Chair   Barrington Hills 
 Sheree King   Makanda
 David Nobbe   Carpentersville 
 Paula Briney   Chatham
 Tracy McGonigal   Woodstock
 Lauren Malmberg   Elmwood
 Debi Neuman  Lake Villa
 Jenne Rosegay  Crystal Lake

HCI Member Participation

How can you help?   Contact the HCI office if you'd like to join the committee.   We are hard at work introducing and advocating for bills helpful to horse owners statewide, irrespective of their riding disciplines, so watch this space for details.   We've also opened up a Forum on this website so that you can tell us what new state legislation HCI should sponsor, or what existing state legislation HCI should support.  Just click the Membership Tab, then the Members Only sub-tab to find the Open Discussion Forum.  We're waiting to hear from you!
 Activities


* 3/5/17:  Day of the Horse in Illinois via Governor's Proclamation

*  3/30/17:  
HCI participated in Illinois Ag Legislative Day Springfield, Illinois

*   Monthly:
committee teleconference
second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm

Pending Illinois Legislation

 Bill #  Link to Text & Status  What will the legislation do?  Why is it important to horsemen?

 SB 1529

HCI initiated


Farm Nuisance- Horses & Livestock


Signed by Governor 8/25/17

Act 100-0447
 
 clarifies that horsekeeping is included in the types of uses of land protected by the Farm Nuisance Suit Act  helps prevent lawsuits based on nuisance
 HB 2725

HCI coordinated

Highway Code Recreational Trail Funds

Signed by Governor 8/18/17

Act 100-0127

states that Federal grant money for recreational trails would be kept separate from the general road fund two horse trail projects in the state were granted federal funds, but the money is currently being held up by the budget stalemate.   this bill should fix the problem
 SB 0052

HCI initiated

HCI Decal for Specialty License Plates

Signed by Governor 8/11/17

Act 100-0078

allows HCI to sell a decal to attach to the new Illinois universal (specialty) license plates  equestrians can show their support for HCI, and a portion of the revenues for the decals will go to HCI 


 HB 3455


HCI coordinated


 
Adopt A Trail


Signed by Governor 8/18/17

Act 100-0180

 allows horsemen to build, maintain and repair our horse trails on state owned property  makes it possible for us to legally volunteer as trail stewards, preventing trail closures and cessation of trail building in the face of budgetary constraints
 

SJR 0012


HCI 
initiated




Recreational Bridle Trail Task Force


Adopted 6/29/17

Resolution 106-000-000



calls for creation of a task force to prepare a report studying feasibility of adding bridle trail access on public landshelps take steps to having more public horse trails
 
tba


HCI initiated




Illinois Day of the Horse

will be filed 1/18
designate 3/5 a perennial Illinois Day of the Horse and recognizes and honors horses in our state
helps secure continued favorable view of equine industry & horsekeeping

Federal Legislation

 Bill #  Link to Text & Status  What will the legislation do?  Why is it important to horsemen?
H.R. 845/S. 1110  National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act  allows volunteers to partner with government to maintain and improve trails on Federal lands
UPDATE:  the bill became law (114-245) on 11/28/16
allows us to volunteer to maintain trails to avoid closure for lack of funding, or create new trails

HCI Legislative Committee members Lauren Malmberg, Sheree King, Tony Troyer, Elaine Ramesh represented HCI at Illinois Ag Legislative Day in Springfield in March 2017.
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