More than 250 new state laws

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More than 250 new laws in Illinois became effective on Jan. 1.
A partial list of the new laws, as listed by the Illinois House Republicans Caucus Blog follow:
Designating Dec. 3 “Illinois Statehood Day” (Public Act 100-898, House Bill 489)
December 3 of each year is now designated as Illinois Statehood Day, to commemorate Dec.3, 1818, the day Illinois became the 21st state to join the Union. Within 10 days before Illinois Statehood Day each year, the Governor shall issue a proclamation announcing the recognition of Statehood Day, and designate the official events that will be held in honor of Illinois obtaining statehood.
72-hour waiting period firearm sales (Public Act 100-606, Senate Bill 3256)
This new law extends the current 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours for purchasing firearms in Illinois. A violation will be a Class 4 felony. The new law also eliminates the exemption from the waiting period requirements for the sale of a firearm to a nonresident of Illinois while at a firearm showing or display recognized by the State Police.
Gender neutral election code (Public Act 100-1072, House Bill 1010)
Gender-specific titles in the Election Code are replaced with gender neutral titles, such as “Chairperson” under this new law.
“Unused medication” safe for disposal definition (Public Act 100-612, House Bill 1338)
Under the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act, the definition of “unused medication” is broadened to include liquid and suspension medication. The new law allows for the disposal of intraperitoneal solutions into a public wastewater collection system or septic system.
Pregnant pre-trial detainee bail (Public Act 100-630, House Bill 1464)
Creates a bail provision specifically for a pregnant pre-trial detainee. If the court believes that a pregnant pre-trial detainee will give birth while in custody, the court shall release the detainee on electronic monitoring or other conditions unless there is a real and danger threat to the victim, any person or persons or the general public.
Police Service Dog Protection Act (Public Act 100-666, House Bill 1671)
The new Police Service Dog Protection Act requires law enforcement agencies to provide for an annual medical examination by a licensed veterinarian. It further requires police dogs to be vaccinated against rabies and for vehicles transporting police dogs to be equipped with a heat sensor monitoring device to monitor the internal temperature of the vehicle.
Allowing human trafficking victims to bring a civil action (Public Act 100-1037, House Bill 2063)
Changes provisions of the Crime Victims Compensation Act to allow for applicants or victims of human trafficking to have an easier time meeting the notification and cooperation with law enforcement requirements for eligibility.  The bill increases the time frame for reporting for victims of human trafficking.
Firearm Restraining Order Act(Public Act 100-607, House Bill 2354)
The Firearm Restraining Order Act allows for family member or law enforcement to petition the court for an order prohibiting possession of firearms by an individual if they poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or other by possessing a firearm. The order may be issued on an emergency ex parte basis or for 6-months. The Court is required to make specific findings before issuing the order. 
Cancer patient fertility preservation(Public Act 100-1102, House Bill 2617)
This Act requires Illinois insurance providers to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients or any other patient who undergoes a necessary medical treatment that directly or indirectly causes iatrogenic infertility.
Creation of Urban Agricultural Zones(Public Act 100-1133, House Bill 3418)
This new law allows the corporate authorities of a municipality to establish an urban agricultural area (UAA).
Outside attorney appointments when necessary(Public Act 100-669, House Bill 3648)
A state’s attorney may appoint qualified attorneys from outside their office to assist as special assistant state’s sttorneys when the public interest so requires.
Civil Vehicle Fine Relief for Incarcerated Persons(Public Act 100-1004, House Bill 3920)
Lowers penalties from a Class A misdemeanor to a traffic citation for individuals driving with a suspended license due to unpaid parking fines, automated camera enforcement, or unpaid child support.
“High-risk missing person” applies to missing veterans suffering from mental effects of war(Public Act 100-631, House Bill 4212)
This Act changes the definition of “high-risk missing person” to include a person who is a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. armed forces, the National Guard or any reserve component of the armed forces believed to have a physical or mental health condition that is related to his or her service.
Establishing a uniform procedure for concussed athletes (Public Act 100-747, House Bill 4226)
This new law provides for a uniform set of rules for the accommodation of a student who sustained a concussion during an interscholastic athletic activity. The law also requires the IDPH to, subject to appropriation, develop, publish and disseminate a brochure to educate the public on the warning signs and effects of a concussion.
Adds blaze pink as an optional color for hunting clothing (Public Act 100-949 House Bill 4231) The Wildlife Code will nowallow certain hunters to wear solid blaze pink colored clothing in addition tothe blaze orange colored clothing used currently.
New consumer protections for home repair projects (Public Act 100-670, House Bill 4268)
This new law amends the Home Repair and Remodeling Act to add new transparency language to the home repair consumer rights pamphlet. In the section dealing with lien waivers, it adds language advising clients of their rights under the law.
Protecting adult children’s visitation with elderly parents (Public Act 100-850, House Bill 4309)
Under the new Frail Individual Family Visitation Protection Act, if a caregiver unreasonably prevents a family member from visiting a frail elderly individual, the law allows the court to order the caregiver to permit visitation between the frail elderly individual and the family member if the court finds that the visitation is in the frail elderly individual’s best interests. This law will create a potential pathway for family members to secure visits in cases where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing Mom or Dad by another close relative.
Expanding acceptable documentation to attain “Veteran” designation on driver’s licenses(Public Act 100-811, House Bill 4332)
This new law expands the list of eligible documents to receive “Veteran” designation on driver’s license to include an identification card issued under the federal Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015. It provides that if a document cannot be stamped, the Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) shall provide a certificate to the veteran to provide to the Secretary of State.
Rear-facing child seat (Public Act 100-672, House Bill 4377)
Children under age two must be secured in an approved rear-facing child seat (instead of a forward-facing car seat) while riding in a vehicle.
Dense breast tissue information requirement (Public Act 100-749 House Bill 4392)
This new law requires women to be informed by their doctor or mammogram provider if they have dense breast tissue,  which raises a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. It also requires mammogram providers to inform them of additional tests that may be needed for a proper diagnosis of breast cancer.
Simplified filing process for statements of economic interest for local candidates (Public Act 100-1041, House Bill 4395) This legislation modernizes and simplifies the Governmental Ethics Act by allowing individuals to file statements of economic interest electronically rather than on paper and in person. However, it requires candidates for Constitutional offices and the General Assembly to still file in a written or printed form.
Insurance required on vehicles registered out of state(Public Act 100-828, House Bill 4472)
All drivers will now be required to insure their vehicles. This closes a loophole that allowed drivers of vehicles registered out of state to not carry insurance. The operator of the vehicle shall carry within the vehicle evidence of the current insurance policy.
Signature no longer required for certain violations (Public Act 100-674, House Bill 4476) Any person cited for a petty offense will no longer be required to sign the citation. The State Police stated that not requiring an officer to get the violator’s signature would result in an increase in officer safety. This legislation will provide a financial savings as the State Police pay ten cents per sheet of paper required for a violator’s signature. In 2016, the State Police issued 151,379 paper citations.
Strengthening DUI sentence for wrong-way driver(Public Act 100-1053, House Bill 4554)
This new law makes it an aggravating factor in sentencing for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or any combination thereof if the individual was driving his or her vehicle the wrong direction on a one-way street.
Student mental health awareness(Public Act 100-903, House Bill 4658)
At least once every two years, a school board shall require in-service training of licensed school personnel and administrators who work with pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth.
More family members may petition for visitation rights (Public Act 100-1054, House Bill 4687)
This new law expands the list of family members of a person who is a ward of the state who may petition for visitation privileges. The list now includes adult children, spouses, adult grandchildren, parents, adult siblings or other interested persons. “Other interested person” is defined as any person who has a significant, ongoing relationship based on or productive of strong affection. Court shall not allow visits if it finds that the ward has capacity to evaluate and communicate decisions regarding visitation and expresses desire not to have visits with the petitioner.
Increased inmate access to visitors (Public Act 100-677, House Bill 4741)
Under this new law, each committed person will be entitled to seven visits per month. Every committed person may submit to the DOC a list of at least 30 persons who are authorized to visit.
Additions to the school board member oath of office (Public Act 100-1055, House Bill 4768)
This legislation adds components to the oath of office sworn by school board members when taking office to demonstrate the board’s role in defining outcomes and ensuring a quality education for each student in the school district.
Youth IDNR licenses combined (Public Act 100-638, House Bill 4783)
Youth hunting and trapping licenses are combined under this new law. It provides that a Youth Hunting and Trapping License entitles the licensee to hunt or trap while supervised by an adult who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid Illinois hunting or trapping license.
Compost soil to be used in state construction projects(Public Act 100-951, House Bill 4790)
Any state agency that undertakes a construction project can incorporate compost soil if it is appropriate. If there are any Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)-permitted compost facilities within 20 miles, the agency shall request a separate bid for compost-amended soil for that project. In the 2019 calendar year, the Department of Transportation (IDOT) will conduct two pilot road construction demonstrations using compost-amended soil and report the results within one year to the General Assembly stating the immediate cost of construction, long term operational cost savings, and advantages and disadvantages of using compost-amended soil.
Domestic Violence Order of Protection expanded (Public Act 100-639, House Bill 4796)
Foster parents, legally appointed guardians, adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents are added as persons protected under the Domestic Violence Act and the Protective Orders Article in cases involving domestic violence.
Insurance for cancer treatment (Public Act 100-1057, House Bill 4821)
The Insurance Code is amended to allow cancer patients to receive the treatment they require for stage 4 advanced metastatic cancer without having to try other treatments first to satisfy an insurer.
Grants to increase trades in manufacturing (Public Act 100-679,House Bill 4858)
Local school districts and community colleges will be allowed to apply for and receive grants for the acquisition of land, construction of facilities, and purchase of equipment, dedicated solely to the instruction of occupations in manufacturing. This law will help community colleges obtain the infrastructure necessary to educate future generations in manufacturing trades and technical skills.
Required dental examinations (Public Act 100-829, House Bill 4908)
All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. This adds one last required dental exam to check for gum disease, eating disorders and issues carried over from having braces during their adolescent years, among other health issues that can be identified and prevented with proper oral health.
G.I. Bill of Rights Day (Public Act 100-817, House Bill 4954)
November 4 of each year is designated as “G.I. Bill of Rights Day,” to be observed in recognition of the day in 1943 on which eight American Legion members met in Salem and wrote down on dinner napkins their ideas of how to help returning veterans readjust to civilian life. Their proposal became the federal legislation known as the G.I. Bill, which has helped millions of veterans over the last 75 years.
Safely opening vehicle doors(Public Act 100-770, House Bill 5143)
The Dutch Reach method is defined as checking the rear-view and side-view mirrors and then opening a vehicle door with the right hand, to avoid opening a door in the path of an oncoming cyclist or vehicle. The Secretary of State will now be required to include information on the “Dutch Reach” method in their Rules of the Road publication and also include questions in the written portion of the driver’s license exam about safe driving in the presence of bicycles.
Training law enforcement on sexual-assault and abuse(Public Act 100-910, House Bill 5203)
All probationary, full-time, and part-time law enforcement officers will now be required to receive victim sensitivity training concerning the investigation of incidents of sexual assault and sexual abuse, including the interviewing of victims, when the victim of the sexual assault or sexual abuse is under 13 years of age. The law mandated training for police and 9-1-1 services. All law enforcement officers must receive evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered training on responding to sexual assault and sexual abuse cases by January 1, 2020.
Streamlining licensing regulations for real estate professionals(Public Act 100-831, House Bill 5210)
In an attempt to reduce the burdensome licensing requirements placed on realtors, this new law reduces the number of licenses a real estate broker must have with the State. Real estate brokers will now only need one license for their principal pace of business, but must only notify IDFPR of the other places of businesses they operate.  Prior to this change, brokers who had more than one office were forced to apply for a separate license for each branch and pay a fee for each branch they operate. 
Updates to the Crime Victims Compensation Act (Public Act 100-690, House Bill 5267)
This new law makes several updates to the Crime Victims Compensation Act. These include adding the crimes of posting identifying information on a pornographic site and non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images to the definition of “crime of violence.” It requires law enforcement to provide a full report of the investigation of the crime to the Attorney General’s office within 15 days of a request for the report. The Attorney General’s office and law enforcement agencies may agree to the redaction of information in the report or to the provision of necessary information in another format.
Youth hunting permit for non-residents(Public Act 100-691, House Bill 5440)
The fees for a youth resident and non-resident archery deer permit shall be the same, and a resident or non-resident youth under age 18 may apply to DNR for a Youth Hunting License and Youth Trapping License, rather than only resident youth.
Voices for crime victims (Public Act 100-961, House Bill 5573)
This new law will ensure that victims’ voices are heard during plea agreements, in juvenile cases or when the defendant is found not guilty due to insanity. It gives victims and prosecutors notice of status hearings where information is provided to the court.
Nursing mothers excused from jury duty (Public Act 100-696, House Bill 5745)
This new law provides that any nursing mother can be excused from jury service upon request.
Higher highway weight limits during harvest season (Public Act 100-1090, House Bill 5749)
After several years in which the Governor had to issue an emergency declaration raising highway weight limits for farmers at harvest time, this new law allows haulers to seek and obtain annual permits from IDOT and local authorities to exceed gross axle and gross vehicle weight limits by no more than 10 percent.
Municipal consolidation timeline shortened (Public Act 100-1113, House Bill 5777)
This act reduces the amount of time given for an audit of a government body or agency looking at dissolution to 30 days, or as soon as is practical once the audit is requested by the county executive. It also reduces the period to 60 days, instead of 150, for a county board to dissolve a government body once someone is appointed to oversee the disbanding of that body.
Expanding Addiction Coverage (Public Act 100-1065, House Bill 5868)
This new law amends the Insurance Code to provide an insurance policy may provide coverage for residential extended care services and supports for person suffering from alcoholism and other drug addiction so long as certain conditions are met.  It also amends to the Public Aim Code to permit the fee-for-service and managed care medical assistance programs established under the Code to provide coverage for residential extended care services and supports for any person suffering from alcoholism or other drug addiction who is at risk of a drug or alcohol relapse following discharge from a health care clinic or any other specified entity.
Keeping a record of unfounded child abuse reports (Public Act 100-697, Senate Bill 293) DCFS will be required to maintain all unfounded reports of child abuse and neglect for a minimum of five years. Currently, DCFS keeps unfounded reports involving death, sexual abuse, or serious physical abuse for 3 years, and all other unfounded reports for 12 months.
County tax collection (Public Act 100-1070, Senate Bill 585)
This new law provides that each tax purchaser shall pay to the county collector an automation fee set by the county collector of not more than $10 for each item purchased. It further provides that the indemnity fee in counties outside of Cook shall be not more than $20.
Emergency Opioid and Addiction Treatment Access Act(Public Act 100-1023, Senate Bill 682)
This new act will serve as a key component to address Illinois’ opioid crisis by providing people in need immediate access to outpatient treatment. Currently, individuals experiencing an opioid overdose or reaction must wait for their treatment to be approved by their insurance plan before entering a facility. The legislation removes prior authorization barriers so people do not have to wait for treatment. In the event the insurance company denies treatment, SB 682 requires the insurance plan to cover outpatient treatment for 72 hours while the patient challenges the denial.
Custody of companion animals (Public Act 100-740, Senate Bill 2270)
The bill amends the Humane Care for Animals Act so that law enforcement has the ability to temporarily take custody of a dog or cat that is exposed to a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that may result in injury or death of the animal or may result in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite or similar condition.
Prohibiting Township employment for elected officials (Public Act 100-868, Senate Bill 2299)
A person elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in an elected township position, including, but not limited to, a trustee, a supervisor, a highway commissioner, a clerk, an assessor, or a collector, cannot already be employed by the township.
List of illegal synthetic drugs expanded (Public Act 100-789, Senate Bill 2341)
The existing list of specified synthetic cathinones that are Schedule I controlled substances is now expanded to include any synthetic cathinone which is not approved by the FDA or, if approved, is not dispensed or possessed in accordance with state or federal law. Synthetic cannabinoids and piperazines are Schedule I controlled substances when not approved by the FDA or, if approved, are not dispensed or possessed in accordance with state or federal law.
School safety drills (Public Act 100-996, Senate Bill 2350)
This bill amends the School Safety Drill Act to require that; no later than 90 days after the first day of each school year; schools must conduct at least one safety drill that addresses an active threat or an active shooter within a school building. It requires all drills to be conducted on days and times when students are normally present in the school building and that the local law enforcement agency shall observe the administration of the drill.
Cracking down on reckless dog owners (Public Act 100-971, Senate Bill 2386)
This new law sets penalties for those found to be reckless dog owners and allows courts to confiscate dogs from those owners for periods ranging from 12-36 months for the first violation. A person who refuses to forfeit a dog is subject to a $500 fine for each animal. Each day a person fails to comply with forfeiture or prohibition order constitutes a separate violation. The law offers specific definitions of “reckless dog owner.”
Standardizing motor vehicle back up lamps (Public Act 100-707, Senate Bill 2511)
Under this new law,a back-up lamp on a motor vehicle shall emit a white or amber light without glare. Previous law did not specify the color of back up lamps. Law Enforcement have noted that motorists modifying their cars have installed many different colors and so requested the standardization be written into statute.
Dual credit restrictions for high school students removed (Public Act 100-792, Senate Bill 2527) Qualified high school students will now be allowed to enroll in an unlimited amount of dual credit courses and earn an unlimited amount of academic credits from dual credit courses if the courses are taught by an Illinois instructor under the Dual Credit Quality Act.
Education Loan Information Pilot Program (Public Act 100-926, Senate Bill 2559)
To help students attending an Illinois public university or community college understand financial literacy as they incur student debt, as well as understand the long-term implications of a student debt, this law creates the Education Loan Information Pilot Program (beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year). The institution is required to annually provide the student with: 1) an estimate of the total amount of education loans taken out; 2 ) an estimate of (i) the potential total payoff amount of the incurred education loans or a range of the total payoff amount and (ii) monthly repayment amounts that a similarly situated borrower may incur for the amount of loans taken out, including principal and interest amounts; 3) the percentage of the borrowing limit the student has reached; and 4) any financial resources available to the student or their parent or guardian.
Booking photograph limitations (Public Act 100-927, Senate Bill 2560)
This new law provides that law enforcement may not make mugshots available to the public, or share on social media for civil, petty or business offenses; or Class B or C misdemeanors except to assist in search ofa missing person, fugitive, person of interest or individual wanted in relation to a crime other than in relation to the above crimes. Anyone who publishes an individual’s criminal history in an electronic medium must correct any errors within five business days. Failure is considered unlawful practice. Any person whose criminal history is published may demand removal or correction and may petition to seek damages no more than $100 per day the publisher fails to correct the information.
Changes to bail in certain circumstances(Public Act 100-929, Senate Bill 2579)
Add additional offenses to the “Category A offenses” in the Bail Reform Act. Unlawful use or possession of weapons by felons or persons in the custody of the Department of Corrections facilities, certain circumstances of the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a person 18 years of age or older, and a Class 3 felony violation of a non-eligible or revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification Card are now considered Category A offenses instead of Category B offenses. A defendant subject to bail on a Category B offense shall have $30 deducted from his or her 10% cash bond amount (rather than the monetary bail amount) every day the defendant is incarcerated. Once the defendant’s 10% cash bond amount is reduced to $0, the defendant shall be released upon his or her own recognizance.
E-Notification of court orders/rulings (Public Act 100-880, Senate Bill 2644)
This new law will provide that parties to a contested case may be served by email, and be notified by email of any decision or order in that case. This new law will reduce administrative court costs. Prior to this change, all court notices were served (delivered) by personal service, by certified or registered mail.
Safe opioid prescribing (Public Act 100-1106, Senate Bill 2777)
This new law provides that prescribers must complete three hours of continuing education on safe opioid prescribing practices. Prescribers include physicians, APRNs, dentists, physician assistants, veterinarians, clinical phycologists and podiatrists. Currently, each of these professions are required to complete a certain number of continuing education hours for licensure renewal. 
Updated types of “orders of protection” (Public Act 100-714, Senate Bill 2826)
When the Illinois Human Rights Act was enacted there was only one type of order of protection, but now there are three: Stalking No Contact Order, Civil No Contact Order, and Protective Orders under the Code Criminal Procedure. This new law updates the language within the Act to reflect these changes.
Dual credit quality(Public Act 100-1049, Senate Bill 2838)
Amends the Dual Credit Quality Act to make several changes to enact a framework for a dual credit partnership agreement between high schools and colleges to follow. It requires community colleges to enter into a dual credit agreement if a high school district within their boundaries requests it, and it establishes the parameters those partnership agreements. It also prohibits new out-of-state dual credit contracts unless the local community college is asked first, and it does not affect those currently in effect.
HPV prevention(Public Act 100-741, Senate Bill 2866)
IDPH must now provide all students entering sixth grade and parents/guardians written information about the link between HPV and specified cancers. DPH must also provide information about the availability of a HPV vaccine.
Cosmetology exam requirement (Public Act 100-934, Senate Bill 2877)
Barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders and nail technicians are allowed to take the state licensure examination after completing 80% of their required education studies. The new law does not change the required hours of study to become licensed.
Simplified process for filling school board vacancies(Public Act 100-800, Senate Bill 2900)
School districts occasionally have difficulty finding qualified residents willing to serve on the local Board of Education. Now, with this new law, if a school board is forced to fill a vacancy due to a lack of available candidates, the board could, by resolution, submit a referendum question to voters at the next general election that would allow for the at-large election of a board member from within the boundaries of the school district.
Township transparency(Public Act 100-983, Senate Bill 2923)
This new law provides that when a township supervisor issues a payout from the township treasury, the township clerk shall certify all moneys paid out. The road district clerk shall certify all moneys paid out of the road district treasury or township treasury.
School Resource Officer training (Public Act 100-984, Senate Bill 2925)
With this new law, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board (ILETSB) must develop or approve a course for school resource officers within one year with the consultation of organizations expert in youth development, education administration and other related fields. Law enforcement agencies which provide resource officers must provide the school district a certificate of completion or a waiver issued by the ILETSB.
Property Tax Notification (Public Act 100-1095, Senate Bill 3085)
This new law provides that county collectors shall no longer publish notice of delinquent or forfeited property taxes for certain undeveloped but platted and subdivided property or for any other exempt property.
Extending the prescription medication refill period(Public Act 100-804, Senate Bill 3170)
This new law extends the period in which a prescription medication refill can be made from 12 months to 15 months. In cases in which patients schedule appointments one year in advance and then need to reschedule that appointment for a month past that date, this bill allows those individuals to receive their necessary medications in the lapse period.
Delinquent property tax extension by three years (Public Act 100-890, Senate Bill 3215) Property sales in cases where improvements upon the property sold have been substantially destroyed, rendered uninhabitable or unfit for occupancy, the court may order the holder of the certificate of purchase to assign the certificate to the county collector, upon request of the county collector. The county collector may further assign the certificate to the county, acting as trustee for taxing districts, or to a taxing district having an interest in the taxes sold. If the certificate of purchase is assigned to the county delinquent tax agent because the improvements have been substantially destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for occupancy, then the county delinquent tax agent shall extend the redemption period by not more than 36 months.
Special registration plates for certain farm vehicles (Public Act 100-734, Senate Bill 3241)
The owner of a second division vehicle in the 8000 pounds and less flat weight plate category who has been issued a special registration plate shall pay a $10 surcharge to identify the vehicle as a covered farm vehicle. The $10 surcharge shall be deposited into the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund. A designation as a covered farm vehicle shall not alter a vehicle’s registration in the 8000 pounds or less flat weight category.

Proceedings to remove abandoned mobile homes (Public Act 100-1083 Senate Bill 3261)
Proceedings to remove an abandoned mobile home may be maintained by the mobile home park owner or operator in the county court in which the home is situated. The law outlines the proof an owner or operator needs to show, the filing of a complaint, removal or alternative disposition of the home, and the storage of and liability for household goods or personal property. A municipality may remove and dispose of any abandoned mobile home; and may enter upon any land to do so; if an owner or operator of the mobile home park where an abandoned home is located has not initiated proceedings to remove the home within 45 days after receiving written notice stating that the municipality intends to take action under the Act.
Simplified judicial process for documents traditionally verified by certification(Public Act 100-1086, Senate Bill 3295)
Especially for individuals who choose to represent themselves in court, this new law simplifies the legal process by providing that a sworn pleading or other document may be used in court without having the stamp and signature from a notary public. It should save time and make the court process less complicated.
Stalking no contact order (Public Act 100-1000, Senate Bill 3411)
To broaden access for those who may petition the court for protection, this law expands who may seek a stalking no contact order to include an authorized agent of a workplace, an authorized agent of a place of worship and an authorized agent of a school. It also provides that stalking behavior includes sending unwanted messages via social media.
Courthouse accommodations for breastfeeding mothers (Public Act 100-947, Senate Bill 3503)
This law requires every facility that houses a circuit courtroom, to include at least one lactation room or area for members of the public to express breast milk in private that is outside the confines of a restroom.