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  • 1. Hundreds of new laws took effect in Illinois on January 1.
  • 2. These five new consumer safety laws might change your life.
  • 3. 1. If life hands you lemon puppies… Hand. Them. Back. If you buy a puppy from a pet store that turns out to be sick or injured, the pet store has to take it back and/or pay for your vet bills. Read more here Senate Bill 1639
  • 4. 2. Companies must disclose the fees associated with prepaid debit cards The new law requires that consumers be informed of any maintenance or inactivity fees, or charges associated with receiving cash, reloading funds and any initial service authorization costs. Read more here. Senate Bill 1829
  • 5. 3. Allows condo associations to change their governing practices if 75% of residents agree This new law states that the maximum requirement needed to approve changes to a condo associations declaration or bylaws only needs to be three-quarters of all property owning residents. Senate Bill 1606
  • 6. 4. Stick a cork in it. You’re done. Wineries can now cork your unfinished wine bottles and send them home with you. Illinois already has a similar law for restaurants. The wine must be recorked and placed in a tamper-evident bag. Senate Bill 722
  • 7. 5. Bans sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 This law adds electronic cigarettes to the same category as other nicotine-based products, making them inaccessible to minors. Read more here. Senate Bill 1756
  • 8. Read a complete list of consumer safety laws that took effect on January 1.