The new year has arrived and with it a set of hundreds of new laws for Illinois, with the start of nearly 300 new measures.
Here are 50 of the most notable laws you might want to know about.
SB 00512: The âPreventing Youth Vaping Actâ aims to prevent vaping by children, by imposing additional restrictions on electronic cigarettes, including imposing additional civil and criminal penalties. Law enforcement officials can also seize tobacco products or e-cigarettes that violate the Bill’s prohibition on marketing to children.
SB 01846: Requires restaurants to serve water, milk, milk substitute, or juice with children’s meals as the default beverage, rather than soda.
SB 01892: An amendment to the Corrections Code will come into force, making possession of child pornography while the child is in a household or a family member of the defendant a non-probationary offense that will require a jail term upon release. sentencing.
Fight against discrimination:
SB 00139: Allows a currently married person to request a copy of their marriage license with the term âspouseâ rather than any gender identifying language.
SB 00817: Prohibits schools from discriminating against student hairstyles associated with racial, ethnic and cultural traditions.
SB 01596: Committing a crime against a person because of their actual or perceived citizenship or immigrant status will now be considered a hate crime in the state of Illinois.
HB 01838: Expands the definition of disability discrimination in the Illinois Human Rights Act to include unlawful discrimination against an individual because of their association with a person with a disability.
HB 03217: Amends many state laws by removing the use of “Haitian” or “Negro” and instead including terms such as “Black” or “African American”.
HB 03914: Demands that Illinois Central Management Services take positive steps to address systemic racism in state hiring practices.
HB 00122: puts an end to the early termination fees for customers of telephone, mobile telephony, television, internet, energy, medical alert or water services who die before the end of their contract.
HB 03739: Creates the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act to establish time limits and requirements for the removal and replacement of all lead service lines in Illinois.
HB 03955: Provides for auto-renewal offers or online continuous service offerings to provide a toll-free number, email or postal address if the seller bills the consumer directly, or provide another cost-effective means of cancel the service.
Drug Law Amendments:
HB 02589: Expands use and reimbursement of distribution of opioid antagonists to prevent overdose deaths and improve treatment services for substance use disorders.
HB 03445: A person seeking medical assistance for an opioid overdose will be granted immunity from prosecution for possession.
SB 00564: Requires schools to include contributions from Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and any other collective faith community that has helped shape America in history curricula.
SB 01577: Public school students will be granted up to five days of excused absences for mental or behavioral reasons, with no medical note required.
SB 01624: This bill will add agricultural sciences to the types of courses that can count towards the three-year science education requirement for admission to a public university in Illinois.
SB 02354: Students can now take a year of speeches and forensic debates in high school to replace music, art or foreign language requirements.
HB 00226: Public universities will now be required to allow students to choose whether they submit their ACT and SAT scores when applying for admission.
HB 00376: Each elementary and secondary school to add a teaching unit on the events and contributions of Asian Americans in Illinois and the United States
HB 00709: Requires Department of Human Services to inform immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other non-residents of their rights under the United States Constitution and Illinois law .
HB 02790: Enables public defenders in a county with a population of over three million to provide legal representation to non-citizens in immigration cases.
Insurance and medical care:
SB 00105: Develops how an advanced practice RN can prove she has completed clinical experience.
SB 00147: Provides Medicare supplement policyholders with an annual open enrollment period of at least 45 days from their birthday to purchase a Medicare supplement policy, regardless of health status, experience of claims or medical conditions.
SB 00471: requires insurers that issue or issue group accident and health insurance policies to ensure that insured persons have access to treatment for emotional, mental, nervous or related disorders or conditions. substance use.
SB 00500: Prevents hospitals, doctors, surgeons or supply groups from discriminating against people solely on the basis of mental or physical disability by deeming that person ineligible to receive an anatomical gift or an organ transplant.
SB 00968: Requires all Illinois health insurance plans, state aid code, and public health benefits to cover medically necessary pancreatic cancer screening.
SB 01682: Requires pharmacies to publish a notice advising consumers that they can request current retail prices at point-of-sale pharmacies.
HB 00033: Prohibits companies from denying life insurance coverage on the basis of a person participating in drug treatment or recovery assistance programs.
HB 00135: Requires health insurance policies to cover health care or patient care around birth control dispensation.
HB 00155 and HB 00310: Provide that SNAP and special supplemental nutrition programs for women, infants and children can use their benefits to purchase menstrual hygiene products. Under the latter bill, feminine hygiene products will now be available free of charge in homeless shelters that provide housing assistance to women and youth.
Labor and workers:
The Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act has increased the minimum wage several times, with the ultimate goal of raising it to $ 15 an hour. This year, the minimum wage will drop to $ 12 an hour.
SB 00672: Non-compete clauses will be prohibited for people earning less than $ 75,000 per year.
Illinois harassment / contact prohibition law has been amended to include a ban on all contact by email or social media.
SB 00119: Public health departments at the national and local levels cannot regulate the sale of lemonade or other non-alcoholic drinks or mixed drinks by a person under the age of 16.
SB 01681: Adds probation officers to the list of people eligible for death benefits if they are killed while studying.
SB 02122: Provides that statements provided by minors are inadmissible as evidence if obtained through deceptive practices.
SB 02530: Requires wireless service providers to provide information about the location of calls to a user’s device at the request of local law enforcement or public safety answering points
HB 00562: Significant changes to the FOID card system from 2022, including encouraging, but not requiring, fingerprinting. Those who accept fingerprinting benefit from streamlined processes for renewing FOID and CCL cards. The ISP can now issue combined FOID and CCL cards to qualified applicants. The ISP will now have a public database of all firearms reported stolen, which can be verified prior to the transfer of any firearm to prevent accidental transfers of stolen weapons. The ISP will create a new Violent Crime Intelligence Working Group to conduct enforcement operations against people whose FOID cards have been revoked.
HB 00734: Provides that the duration of a civil “no-contact order” will become permanent, at the request of the survivor, in the event of a conviction for criminal sexual assault.
HB 03097: Provides for police procedures and appropriate interactions with law enforcement during traffic stops to be added to the Illinois Adult Driving Instruction Curriculum and the State Board of Education curriculum.
HB 03653: Counties and towns with populations over 500,000 will require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. All state officers will be required to wear them by early 2025.
Protections for animals:
SB 00154: Allows tenants in housing funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority to keep two or more cats or one dog weighing less than 50 pounds, regardless of breed or size. Housing providers will also not be liable for injuries caused by pets on their properties.
SB 01673: amends the Animal Control Act to remove the terms âsterilizedâ and âsterilizedâ and replace them with the word âsterilizedâ.
HB 00168: Prohibits individuals from owning animals if they have been convicted of two or more specific animal related offenses.
Other key laws:
SB 01600: Requires restaurants and truck stops to provide employees with training on human trafficking recognition and protocols for reporting observed human trafficking to appropriate authorities.
HB 0020: Eliminates Gold Star license plate registration fees for surviving spouses or relatives of veterans who died in war or peace.
HB 00605: Prohibits state institutions from purchasing Illinois and United States flags not produced in the United States
HB 03027: Allows pregnant women to use a motor impairment sticker or device for up to 90 days during their third trimester.
HB 03922: designates June 19 as a paid public holiday, June 10.