Wireless

Bill: HB 4653
Sponsor: Rep. Mazzochi
Status: House Rules Committee
Position: Oppose
Description: Small Wireless Facilities - Hearing
House Bill 4653 creates the Local Control, Protection, and Empowering Law in the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. The bill provides that property owners may, by petition, require a public hearing prior to an authority's approval or denial of the installation of a small wireless facility in an area zoned exclusively for residential purposes. It requires the petition to include 250 signatures of the property owners or 40% of the property owners, whichever is less, within 1,000 feet of where the small wireless facility would be installed. The hearing shall not interfere with the requirement that an authority approve or deny an application within specified timeframes.

Bill: HB 4668

Sponsor: Rep. Burke
Status: House Rules Committee
Position: Neutral
Description: Mobile Telecom – Federal Regs
House Bill 4668 amends the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Conformity Act by making changes to the definition of "charges for mobile telecommunications services" to conform to the Code of Federal Regulations (currently, the Code of Federal Regulations as in effect on June 1, 1999). This appears to be a vehicle bill.

Bill: HB 4873
Sponsor: Rep. Willis
Status: House Elementary & Secondary Education: Administrative, Licensing & Charter School Comm.
Position: Oppose
Description: School Wireless Telecommunications Amplifier Act
House Bill 4873 requires wireless communications carriers to provide and install bidirectional amplifiers in a school upon request of a school administrator and at no cost to the school to support adequate radio or wireless telephone communications for public safety providers.

Bill: SB 3298
Sponsor: Sen. Glowiak Hilton
Status: Senate Assignments Committee
Position: Oppose
Description: Small Wireless Facilities – Install
Senate Bill 3298 modifies the definition of "collocate" or "collocation," adds a definition of "structure" and changes various references of "collocate" or "collocation" to "install" or "installation." The bill provides that an authority may require in a residential historic district that a small wireless facility be collocated on an existing utility pole or existing wireless support structure within 850 feet of the proposed installation or, if no such wireless support structure exists, the authority may reject the application.

Bill: SJR 55
Sponsor: Sen. Glowiak Hilton
Status: Senate Assignments Committee
Position: Neutral
Description: 5G Task Force
Senate Joint Resolution 55 creates the 5G Task Force to identify any major health risks associated with the proliferation of 5G infrastructure in the State of Illinois. The task force is comprised of 8 legislators, one member from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, one member from the Illinois Dept. of Innovation & Technology, one member who is considered to be an expert in the field of radiology and one member who is considered to be an expert in the field of electrical engineering and is employed as a professor of the subject. The task force shall issue a final report to the GA by Jan. 1, 2021 and be dissolved.