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Sen. Plummer's farm-equipment bill rises to top of new crop of state laws


By Glenn Minnis | Jan 8, 2020

Illinois state Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville)

Freshmen Illinois state Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) is grateful for the praise his bill eliminating registration fees for certain farming equipment is drawing as one of the most sensible of more than 250 new laws enacted on Jan. 1.  

“Thank you to Wirepoints for highlighting this bill that I was proud to sponsor in the spring session,” Plummer posted on Facebook. “It went against the grain in Springfield – cutting fees and regulations – but still passed. It's minor stuff, but it is progress.”

Prior to the passage of House Bill 2669 back in late October, the fee for some farm equipment had been as much as $250. Soon after the bill officially passed, Plummer described it to the government watchdog website as “commonsensical.” He later added, “This new law is one of the few that will lower fees and reduce bureaucracy. It makes sense and it was easy to back.”

Still in his first term in Springfield, Plummer says that he hopes HB 2669 is only the beginning of more things to come.

“Too many people in Springfield think more state government is the answer,” he said. “They think nothing of spending more money, increasing taxes and creating more red tape. It's a fight every day, but I promise to continue to work hard at the capital to make it easier for Illinoisans to find jobs and for the hardworking people of this state to keep more of their paychecks.”

Plummer currently sits on the House Committees of the Whole Appropriations I and Appropriations II, the Environment and Conservation Committee, Executive Appointments Committee (Minority Spokesperson), Financial Institutions Committee and the Public Health Committee. His 54th District includes all or portions of Bond, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Madison, Marion and St. Clair counties.

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