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Many new or revised laws take effect
in the new year.
And you may know nothing
about them.
Wait, what!?
Don’t start a new year in the dark.
Learn about interesting new laws.
New protections for pets
• Impoundment of animals if owner is arrested for
cruelty. (SB 1735)
SB 125
SB 1735
HB 3231
HB 40...
Many who wander are lost
SB 1846
Few experiences are more terrifying than the
disappearance of an elderly loved one with
d...
State’s top squash
HB 208
• Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other
state, so it’s only natural that pumpkin
becomes t...
Protecting people & police
SB 1304
• Illinois is among the first states to establish
guidelines for the use of body camera...
A deadly powder keg
• Illinois also will prohibit the purchase or sale of
powdered alcohol. (SB 67)
• Imagine the jitters ...
No blow, no go
HB 3533
• Under a new state law (HB 3533), people
convicted of a second DUI will be required to
use a breat...
Taking charge of parking
HB 198
• Few things are more frustrating to an electric
car owner than pulling up to a charging
s...
A more perfect union
HB 4025
Tired of explaining the U.S. Constitution and
current events to disengaged youth and
clueless...
Gas attack
A carbon monoxide leak at a rural Illinois
school in the fall of 2014 sent more than 180
students and staff to ...
Locking down safety
HB 3219
Children will be safer in Illinois homes
because of a new law (HB 3219) that allows
pharmacist...
Hit the books
• The transition from community college to
university should be a breeze for students
thanks to a new law (S...
License to dream
SB 23
• Undocumented residents and children of
immigrants will be able to obtain law
licenses beginning J...
I am who I am
• Beginning Jan. 1, Illinois will ban harmful and
ineffective gay conversion therapy on minors
by mental hea...
Right to try
HB 1335
• After Jan. 1, terminally ill patients will have
the right to try experimental treatments once
they’...
Canine comfort
• Children and intellectually disabled adults
who are victims of sexual abuse will be able
to have a servic...
Privacy for traveling moms
SB 344
• Traveling new mothers will have access
to special rooms where they can nurse
and pump ...
Summaries of all new Illinois laws are
available on the Illinois General Assembly
Homepage: www.ilga.gov
www.IllinoisSenat...
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Check out our list of 16 new laws that may affect you in 2016 – on the road, at school, in your home and around your neighborhood.

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16 for 16: New laws for a New Year

  1. 1. Many new or revised laws take effect in the new year. And you may know nothing about them. Wait, what!?
  2. 2. Don’t start a new year in the dark. Learn about interesting new laws.
  3. 3. New protections for pets • Impoundment of animals if owner is arrested for cruelty. (SB 1735) SB 125 SB 1735 HB 3231 HB 4029 Doggone it, we love our pets. Starting Jan. 1 Illinois will step up efforts to protect them from neglect and abuse. • Enhanced penalties for pet abuse in the presence of children. (HB 3231) • Misdemeanor charges for leaving pets out in extreme heat or cold. (SB 125) • Require shelters to scan lost pets for microchips within 24 hours. (HB 4029) Read more: New Cullerton law protects pets from extreme weather
  4. 4. Many who wander are lost SB 1846 Few experiences are more terrifying than the disappearance of an elderly loved one with dementia. A new law (SB 1846) requires Illinois to establish a Silver Alert system to help communities locate missing adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive impairments. Read more: Advancing tools to help locate wandering Alzheimer’s patients
  5. 5. State’s top squash HB 208 • Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other state, so it’s only natural that pumpkin becomes the state’s official pie on Jan. 1 (HB 208). • Fun fact: Illinois produced 745.8 million pounds of pumpkin in 2014. The second top- producing state was California with just 192.2 million pounds.
  6. 6. Protecting people & police SB 1304 • Illinois is among the first states to establish guidelines for the use of body cameras by police. A new law (SB 1304) sets standards for the use of cameras, storage of data and the release of video to media and the public. • The law also largely prohibits police use of chokeholds and requires more training and accountability for law enforcement. Read more: Raoul, Sims, Anthony announce signing of landmark law enforcement reforms
  7. 7. A deadly powder keg • Illinois also will prohibit the purchase or sale of powdered alcohol. (SB 67) • Imagine the jitters that must come from drinking 28 cups of coffee. That’s how much caffeine can be found in a single teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine. A new law (SB 9) makes it a felony to sell the potentially deadly substance in Illinois. SB 9 SB 67Read more: Bertino-Tarrant, Silverstein drug bans signed into law
  8. 8. No blow, no go HB 3533 • Under a new state law (HB 3533), people convicted of a second DUI will be required to use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device and to have a restricted driving permit for at least five years.
  9. 9. Taking charge of parking HB 198 • Few things are more frustrating to an electric car owner than pulling up to a charging station and finding a non-electric vehicle parked there. That’s what happened to one Illinois driver, who then shared the story with her state lawmaker. A new Illinois law (HB 198) will fine those non-electric car owners $75.
  10. 10. A more perfect union HB 4025 Tired of explaining the U.S. Constitution and current events to disengaged youth and clueless Internet trolls? A new Illinois law (HB 4025) requires high school students to complete two years of social studies with at least one semester of civics. Read more: Tom Cullerton’s good government measure signed into law
  11. 11. Gas attack A carbon monoxide leak at a rural Illinois school in the fall of 2014 sent more than 180 students and staff to the hospital. A new law (HB 152) now requires schools to have CO detectors. HB 152 Read more: School carbon monoxide detectors become law
  12. 12. Locking down safety HB 3219 Children will be safer in Illinois homes because of a new law (HB 3219) that allows pharmacists to put a locking device on dangerous and highly addictive prescription medications. The locks have a combination and function much like school locker or bicycle locks. Read more: Illinois to test locking devices for painkillers
  13. 13. Hit the books • The transition from community college to university should be a breeze for students thanks to a new law (SB 806) that enables those who earn associates degrees to be classified as juniors when they transfer. SB 806 Read more: Kotowski’s common sense college proposal advances
  14. 14. License to dream SB 23 • Undocumented residents and children of immigrants will be able to obtain law licenses beginning Jan. 1. Illinois is the third state to offer these residents the chance to practice and uphold the law without worrying they are in violation of it. (SB 23) Read more: Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - Cullerton pitches a ‘license to dream’
  15. 15. I am who I am • Beginning Jan. 1, Illinois will ban harmful and ineffective gay conversion therapy on minors by mental health professionals. The new law (HB 217) also prohibits referring to homosexuality as an illness when advertising so-called conversion therapy service. HB 217 Read more: New law protects children from harmful “therapy” practices
  16. 16. Right to try HB 1335 • After Jan. 1, terminally ill patients will have the right to try experimental treatments once they’ve considered all other FDA-approved treatments. (HB 1335)
  17. 17. Canine comfort • Children and intellectually disabled adults who are victims of sexual abuse will be able to have a service dog at their side for comfort and companionship while testifying in court. (SB 1389) SB 1389 Read more: Bennett works towards promoting compassionate courtrooms
  18. 18. Privacy for traveling moms SB 344 • Traveling new mothers will have access to special rooms where they can nurse and pump in private in Illinois’ major airports. The new law (SB 344) requires Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, as well as all new and renovated airports, to have lactation rooms by 2017.
  19. 19. Summaries of all new Illinois laws are available on the Illinois General Assembly Homepage: www.ilga.gov www.IllinoisSenateDemocrats.com

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