New Illinois Laws to Take Effect on Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2019, more than 250 new laws will be added to Illinois’ list of statutes.

During the two-year-long 100th General Assembly, 9,646 pieces of legislation were filed. Nearly 6,000 originated in the Illinois House and nearly 3,650 started in the Senate.

 

Of those 9,646 pieces of legislation, 1,268 passed both houses and 1,044 were approved by Governor Rauner.

 

The effective date of new laws can vary. Some legislation designates that the new regulations begin immediately upon becoming law. In other cases, legislation is date-specific, including the start of a new fiscal year or calendar year.

Among the 253 new laws taking effect on Jan. 1, here are 20 new initiatives added to Illinois’ law books that our members may be interested in.

 

Taxes & Fees

HB 4578 reduces the late fee penalty for LLC annual report filing from $300 to $100.

SB 3109 provides that all qualified applicants, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for Illinois professional licenses issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

 

Technology & Infrastructure

HB 5752 creates the Broadband Advisory Council, a council to expand access to broadband services and technology.

 

Employment Law

SB 2826 expands coverage of Illinois Human Rights Act and gives victims of workplace stalking and harassment further protections by creating provisions such as a reasonable, unpaid leave for court dates.

SB 3411 allows places of employment, places of worship, or schools to petition for an order against a person stalking their locations. Once an order is granted, that person may have to give up their firearms and FOID card.

SB 2516 requires employers of mandated reporters to inform their employees of available mandated reporter training.

HB 4340 requires massage establishments, organizers of public events that require a permit, and all primary and secondary schools to post notices informing employees and other members of the public of a helpline to assist any person who is subject to human trafficking.

SB 2999 requires employers to reimburse employees for necessary costs incurred in order to fulfill their job responsibilities, including “bring your own device” policies which require employees to use personal cell phones, tablets, or computers for work purposes.

 

Economic Development

SB 3527 expands the River Edge Historic Tax Credit.

SB 405 requires a sexual harassment policy for all companies that make a bid under the state’s procurement code and requires companies that claim EDGE credits to include their sexual harassment policy in their annual report to the State.

 

Education & Workforce Development

HB 4658 expands training teachers in identifying warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior.

SB 2527 states school boards cannot limit the number of dual-credit courses a student may enroll in or the number of credits a student may receive from dual credit courses. Further, they cannot limit student enrollment in online courses.

SB 2838 requires a public university or community college to work with local high schools to grant dual credit to a student who completes an accredited course.

SB 3536 mandates early childhood education programs to collect and review chronic absence data and recommend fixes.

SB 3232 creates a five-year demonstration project to provide an intensive workforce training program for entry-level workers and a multi-generational healthy family initiative.

SB 2350 requires schools to conduct at least one law enforcement drill that addresses an active threat or an active shooter within a school building no later than 90 days after the first day of each school year

HB 4858 a local school district or community college may apply for DCEO grants for the acquisition of land, construction of facilities, and purchase of equipment, dedicated solely to the instruction of occupations in manufacturing.

 

Healthcare

SB 2777 requires that every prescriber of controlled substances complete 10 hours of continuing education in safe opioid prescribing practices.

 

Transportation

HB 4944 allows truck tractors, semitrailers, or property-carrying vehicles weighing 10,000 to 26,000 pounds to be safety tested every 12 months.

SB 2511 requires that additional vehicle back-up lights emit a white or amber light.

 

Miscellaneous

HB 4377 requires any child under the age of two years be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system.

HB 5547 requires the Auditor General to conduct a performance audit, on biennial basis, of state agencies and their cyber-security practices, with a focus on agencies holding large volumes of personal information.

HB 4288 allows all state National Guard members the protections afforded to all other branches of the military.

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