Governor Signs Rep. Olsen’s First Bill into Law

When State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) arrived in Springfield last year as the voice for the 81st District in DuPage and Will Counties, he said one of his top priorities was to usher through legislation that would save taxpayers money. Last week Governor Bruce Rauner signed an Olsen-authored bill into law that will do just that.

HB 2427, signed into law as PA 100-0056, is a recycling bill that will save townships- and taxpayers who fund township services, money. The bill amends the Township Code to allow for the recycling of brush, wood chips and leaves within unincorporated areas of a township. Whereas current law provides for the collection, transport and disposal of the materials gathered through land maintenance, there was no provision for recycling or delivery.

“Township highway departments regularly take down dead or diseased trees, or collect fallen branches, and that wood is processed into small chips,” said Olsen. “Many people like to use those woodchips as a landscaping or mulching material, but unfortunately, laws did not provide for the recycling of the material to businesses and residents for their use.”

According to Olsen, the amendment to the Township Code allows those serving at the township level to use their discretion when determining how to best dispose of tree waste. “In Downers Grove Township, the highway department was spending a significant percentage of its annual budget to dispose of wood chips and other similar waste material,” Olsen said. “Through this new law, which takes effect immediately, they will now be able to deliver the wood chips directly to facilities or residences for a much lower cost than what they were spending on disposal.”

Upon hearing of the bill’s signing, Downers Grove Township Highway Commissioner Lawrence “Andy” Anderson applauded Olsen and the General Assembly for approving the cost-saving measure. "I want to thank Representative Olsen, the General Assembly and the Governor for passing this legislation,” he said. “By working together we achieved a positive outcome that will save money for our township taxpayers and taxpayers across the state."

The signing of HB 2427 represents the first bill sponsored by Olsen that has become law in Illinois. Click here to listen to a radio interview about the signing of this legislation.

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