Lawmakers are trying to prevent history from repeating itself. A Senate proposal could bring relief to those who depend on propane.
The bill comes in the wake of many Illinoisans struggling to pay heating bills during the state's harsh winter. Some bills caused debt into the thousands. It's all because of companies' inability to travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.
"Whenever propane is short in the state, it allows propane trucks to carry 90,000 pounds of gross weight as opposed to the current 80,000 pounds without any additional permitting."
Lawmakers say this will be a big help for propane users if there are ever dangerous winter conditions. The bill passed the House and now heads to the Senate. The governor would have to declare a State of Emergency for propane trucks to be exempt from IDOT weight requirements.
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