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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House has approved bills related to high-voltage transmission lines and zoning for wind turbines. 

Transmission lines

The House has unanimously advanced legislation to require land surveyors to give notice to landowners before beginning construction of high-voltage transmission lines.

The House sponsor is state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg; the Senate sponsor is state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.

Rose has said some of his constituents have had problems with land surveyors on their property without permission or notice.

Utility companies wanting to construct high-voltage electric service must notify landowners by phone, mail or email within three to 15 days before starting a project and must inform the owner when the project will begin, under the proposed legislation.

The measure, Senate Bill 1726, awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature.

Wind turbines

The House also has endorsed legislation without opposition that clarifies zoning laws for wind turbines.

The House sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Thomas Bennett, R-Gibson City, said the measure will help regulate where turbines can be constructed.

"It is really an effort to just clarify local control over municipalities and counties — county boards that don't really have zoning in place," Bennett said.

Municipalities and counties with zoning laws already in place will not be affected by the legislation and windmills already in place will not be subject to future zoning laws.

This measure also awaits Rauner's.


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