By: Ted Dabrowski
Finding a law that reduces regulation and cuts costs within Illinois’ 255 new laws isn’t easy.* Many of them raise the cost of operating in Illinois by increasing monitoring or reporting standards or by adding safety requirements. Others simply increase fees or fines. Take a look at the full list provided by Illinois’ Senate Democrats and you’ll know what I mean.
But a particular law jumped out at me for being different. The law eliminates registration requirements for certain farming equipment and it gets rid of a $250 registration fee. For sure it’s small stuff, but it’s a welcome change from Illinois’ typical pattern of increasing restrictions and regulations.
Here’s how the Senate Democrats describe the new law:
License Plates on Farm Equipment (HB 2669/PA 101-0481): Removes current law requiring registration of specific farm wagon type trailers having a fertilizer spreader attachment and farm wagon type tank trailers. Removes the $250 registration fee and existing width and weight restrictions for single unit self-propelled agricultural fertilizer implements.
To understand more, I called one of the co-sponsors of the bill, Sen. Jason Plummer, (R-Edwardsville). He told me the equipment in question covers tankers and spreaders that are only used seasonally that shouldn’t require registration.
“It’s commonsensical,” he explained. “This new law is one of the few that will lower fees and reduce bureaucracy. It makes sense and it was easy to back.”
If only this theme of common sense was prevalent throughout Illinois’ remaining 254 new laws.
* Caveat. Some of the Senate Democrat’s descriptions are short and cryptic, making it difficult to gauge whether a new law increases or decreases regulations and costs. But most of the time, you can get a sense of the direction.
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