New Illinois Laws That Will Take Effect On January 1, 2017


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With the start of the New Year always comes a new set of laws to obey. Read the complete list here, and see the top 10 new laws for 2017 above.

January 1 is the effective date for almost 200 new state laws passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor in 2016. The Senate Democrats have published their top ten list for 2017.

Laws make the list based on their importance to the public and how broadly they affect key issues such as safety, ethics, workers’ wages and benefits, and criminal justice reform, the Senate Democrats said.
Full list of new laws to take effect in 2017:

SB 1102 Prohibits the state or any local government from indemnifying or providing legal representation for any employee in a criminal proceeding arising out of the employee’s government employment

HB 1260 Classifies online logins, biometric data and health info as protected information; updates how groups notify the public of a data breach

HB 5913 Requires licensed plumbers to complete 4 hours of continuing education each year

SB 0637 Makes changes to Illinois law to comply with federal REAL ID regulations

SB 2589 Provides the Director of the Insurance Department greater authority and oversight for approving risk retention groups’ corporate governance procedures and structures

HB 4517 Eliminates the Center for Comprehensive Health Planning

HB 4826 “Regional teams that investigate fatalities of elders shall meet not less than 4 times a year (currently 6 times a year) to discuss cases for possible review

SB 1120 Makes it a felony if over $500 in rental equipment is not returned within 3 days after the rental period has expired

SB 2459 Allows use of video conferencing equipment in hearings concerning use of psychotropic medicine or electroconvulsive therapy

SB 2787 Requires that health carriers submit reports to Director of Insurance by June 1 instead of March 1.

SB 2813 Amends Coal Mining Act. Adds definition for recorder. Makes changes concerning mine examinations, including timing and scope, etc.

SB 2918 Provides that if specified notice is submitted then an employer may request that the unused portion of a terminated licensee’s pesticide applicator or operator license term be transferred to a newly certified or re-certified individual.

SB 2920 Makes changes to the composition of the Commission on Environmental Justice

SB 2963 Asserts that the state has implemented an aluminum can recycling program

HB 0538 Designates the pirogue — a long narrow canoe made from a single tree trunk — as the official state artifact

HB 4562 Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to increase the amount of civil penalities for civil rights violations related to real estate transactions

HB 5593 Substance abuse programs licensed by DHS must provide educational info on opioid treatment options, including use of medication for opioid addiction and overdose, how to administer naloxone.

HB 5594 If defendant needs opioid abuse or addiction treatment, court shall require them to participate in prescribed drug treatments under care of licensed physician

HB 5602 “Changes the Nursing Home Care Act; if DPH fails to provide a written explanation as to why evidence was insufficient to refute a informal dispute resolution (IDR) finding the receipt will be cited for the dispute and no penalty can be imposed”

HB 5607 Allows US savings bonds to be declared abandoned after being unclaimed and unreedemed 5 years after final maturity and allows the treasurer to obtain a judicial determination that the bond has been reverted to the state

HB 5756 Provides no unlawful discrimination occur in the Illinois National Guard and clarifies duties of offices in the National Guard

SB 2160 Extends sunset date on valuation of vegetative filter strips to December 31, 2026

SB 2260 Changes reporting requirements for Treasurer reporting warrants to Comptroller

SB 2331 Clarifies that Medicaid managed care entities include business associates; allows the entities and business associates to communicate directly with clients regarding care coordination activities

SB 2354 Expands the topics the board of managers may discuss in closed executive meetings related to condominiums

SB 2358 Requires that any assignment of a developer’s interest be received in writing and recorded before it is effective

SB 2601 Extends the time frame for the filing of a motion to vacate to 60 days after the discharge of probation once alcohol or drug treatment as a condition of probation has been completed

SB 2783 Considers unclaimed property abandoned after 5 yrs

SB 2900 Expands the role of Physician Assistants (“PAs”) and Advance Practice Nurses (“APNs”) throughout various Acts, by allowing them to perform many duties, or hold positions normally reserved only for physicians or those similarly situated.

SB 2956 Requires buildings to be more accessible to individuals with disabilities

SB 3104 Makes the failure of reporting apprenticeship reports a violation for entities subject to the State Construction Minority and Female Building Trades Act

SB 0210 Bans the sale of “bath salts” and allows local gov’ts to revoke a retailer’s license if a violation occurs

HB 4715 Allows courts to fine public bodies between $2,500 and $10,000 if they willfuly and intentionally failed to comply with FOIA and also allows for a $1,000 daily fine if the public body fails to comply with the court’s order after 30 days; if public body fails to act within 30 days to address FOIA, presumed to have willfully failed to comply;

HB 6083 Changes the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims

HB 6181 “States that, if a teacher earns more than the required number of professional development hours
during a renewal cycle, the teacher may carry over any hours earned from April 1 to June 30 of the last year of the renewal cycle”

HB 2262 Creates options for satisfying the $2,000,000 liability insurance for school bus drivers

HB 3239 Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code by allowing 17 year olds to run for election as a community resident of a Local School Council (LSC)

HB 4105 Allows motorcycles rear lights to be blue

HB 4327 Requires DCFS to provide information on respite care, etc. when an investigation of alleged child abuse does not result in the placement of a child outside the home

HB 4330 Requires state higher education institutions to accept the State Seal of Bilteracy as the equivalent of two years of foreign language taken during high school; also requires state higher education institutions to establish criteria to translate a seal into course credit

HB 4379 Requires non-home run units of local government, school districts and community college districts to regulate travel expenses

HB 4387 Changes the Illinois Aeronautics Act to require pilots to register their federal flying credentials with the state for a one time $20 fee

HB 4697 Provides protections for owners or beneficiary of a land trust

HB 4999 Prohibits an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to authenticate or access a personal online account in the presence of the employer

HB 5696 Defines “acceptable technological means”

HB 5723 Provides that a person convicted of operating a vehicle without an insurance policy shall be guilty of a petty offense instead of a business offense

SB 2252 Requires police to accept currency for cash bail or bail deposits

SB 2303 Requires excess balances in certain funds to be transferred to GRF by Aug. 31

SB 2332 Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to adopt rules for clinical social workers

SB 2343 Limits police use of stingray devices to track cell phones; use only to track location of or identify communications devices, not listen in; need detailed court order and non-target data must be deleted within 24 hours

SB 2512 Ensures the parent, guardian or responsible relative of abused minors relay contact information for the minor’s living relatives to DCFS

SB 2741 Allows an association to correct any of its community instrument law inconsistencies by way of a two-thirds vote of the board of directors, without a membership vote

SB 2777 Prohibits minors from being committed to DJJ facilities for committing crimes that are not felonies or for certain non-violent felonies

SB 2876 Adds criminal offense of money laundering to list of offenses that can be joined into one count of an indictment, rather than prosecuted separately

SB 2880 Allows for remote CCTV testimony for minors, persons w/ disabilities in crim sex assault cases

SB 2907 Increases the threshold amount for property damage for a misdemeanor or felony from $300 to $500

SB 2984 Makes changes to the Electrologist Licensing Act

SB 2985 Removes language prohibiting a genetic counselor from providing genetic counseling without a referral

SB 3082 Defines “amputations”

SB 3301 Requires all courses approved for Illinois Articulation Initiative Gen Ed. Codes must be transferable as part of the Gen. Ed. Core Curriculum Package.

HB 4425 Creates procedures to coordinate with federal regulations if children of military parents suffer child abuse

HB 5527 Requires tax preparers to provide their PTIN on any return they prepared and filed with the Department of Revenue

HB 5566 “Expands P-20 Council’s duties to make higher education affordable.

HB 5651 Allows vehicle owner’s to select their birthday as the vehicle’s registration expiration date

HB 5781 Allows police officers and coroners to dispose unused meds found at the scene of death after consulting law enforcement investigatng the death; ; medication shall be retained in the event an autopsy is performed for toxicological analysis purposes

HB 5930 Requires IDES to monitor the employment progress of minorities and women in the workforce; Requires nursing agencies to perform background checks on nurse aides through the Health Care Worker Registry; shall issue biennial report rather than annual

HB 5933 Removes provisions giving the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council responsibility to develop, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, a label and certification program.

HB 6010 The offense of vehicular endangerment includes striking a motor vehicle by causing an object to fall from an overpass in the direction of a moving vehicle with the intent to strike a motor vehicle while it is traveling upon a highway in this state

SB 2704 Clarifies the definitions of clinical observation and medical monitoring for EMS personnel

SB 2805 Adds two members to the Illinois Electronic Recording Commission.

SB 2806 Raises the fine for for violating railroad crossing laws

HB 0114 Requires DCFS to file case plans every 6 months after a minor has been appointed to a guardian; Requires IDJJ to notify the court of a critical incident involving a youth committed to the dept within 10 days

HB 1437 Requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority toreport the number of persons arrested and released without charging, and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons.

HB 4606 Creates an appeal process for students found in violation of residency requirements

HB 5472 Expands the definition of “victim” under the Crime Victims Compensation Act

HB 5576 Mandates insurance companies provide coverage for all contraceptive drugs approved by the FDA

HB 5660 Amends Public Construction Bond Act. Provides that verified notice shall be deemed filed on the date personal services occurs or the date when (rather than where) the verified notice is mailed.

HB 5775 Brings certain paternity acknowledgement/denial forms into compliance with federal data requirements

HB 5945 Changes the word alien to undocumented immigrant when referring to someone not legally admitted to the US; adds “documented immigrants” to the provisions of the bill

HB 5948 Lowers the number of required coursework hours for a Public Health Dental Hygenist; allows dental assistants to perform certain procedures on specific patients

HB 6006 Requires vehicles to change lanes when coming up on a car with its hazard lights on.

HB 6060 Adds the percentage of Medicaid funded residents as a factor that DHFS must consider for purposes of payment in nursing home facilities.

SB 0211 Allows a photocopy of currency used in an undercover investigation to be used as evidence in court instead of the currency itself

SB 0384 Allows public bodies to have closed meetings when discussing subjects protected by patient privacy laws

SB 0629 A video recorder may be operated in a contract carrier vehicle

SB 1564 Health Care Right of Conscience law. Ensures patients receive information about treatment options, regardless of medical provider’s religious beliefs.

SB 2155 Requires State Community College board to create an advisory committee for oversight

SB 2157 Requires community college trustees to take professional development training

SB 2158 Prevents community college boards from making personnel decisions within a 45 day “lame duck” period; allows for emergencies

SB 2159 Limits contract lengths for college and university presidents and chancellors to four years and limits severance packages to one year salary plus benefits

SB 2174 Requires board members of public universities to complete professional development leadership training

SB 2407 Mandates DHS award Teen REACH grants (subject to appropriations)

SB 2743 Bars yoga teacher training from state regulation as a business.

HB 4462 Allows state police, local police and other entities to administer epinephrine and be trained on how to administer it

HB 6086 Adds length of time children are on the PUNS list as a criteria for priortizing services

HB 6109 Establishes a pilot program for the Supreme Court to begin accepting petitions for temporary orders of protection electronically

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