Illinois — As it is always this time of year hundreds of new and useful, interesting and some very odd laws are going into effect in Illinois when the clock strikes midnight January 1st, 2018.
This year laws pertaining to corn, breastfeeding in public school, small business grants, joint custody of your dog, bicyclists, gender identity, hate crimes, feminine hygiene, haircuts, car lots and even laws to cover if you are expelled from preschool make up the list. And many laws that if you live in Illinois, you will definitely want to be made aware of.
We’ve looked over the more than 200 new laws soon to take effect and below bring you a quick overview of what’s coming your way.
HB470 – Makes corn the official State Grain of the State of Illinois. McCann, W
HB1785 – Allows an individual to change their sex designation on their birth certificate without undergoing a gender transition. Hutchinson, T
HB2663 – Expelled from preschool? Early childhood programs will need to find services to help young children resolve problems rather than simply kicking them out. Sen. Kimberly Lightford
HB2585 – Provides that if there isn’t a newspaper in an area, then public notices that are required by law may be published in a secular newspaper that has general circulation within the unit of local government or school district. Mulroe, J
HB1784 – Allows motorists to pass bicyclists in no‐passing zones and allows bicyclists to drive on the shoulder. Steans, H
SB1261 – Allows pet owners to create partial or joint custody for pets upon dissolution of a marriage. Holmes, L
HB2390 – Adds crimes committed on the grounds of a religious facility to the definition of a hate crime. Removes the $1,000 restitution cap and allows courts to impose a fine based on the severity of the crime and damages. Steans, H
HB733 – Sticker shock or driving hazard? Those great deals might get you onto the lot, but a new law makes sure the numbers are off the windshield before you drive away. Sen. Cristina Castro
HB2404 – Creates the Credit for Prior Learning Act to improve degree attainment opportunities for under‐served student populations. Rose, C
HB2369 – Requires public and charter schools to provide reasonable breastfeeding accommodations for students. Hunter, M
HB2959 – Bars health insurance companies from denying coverage to Illinoisans with pre‐ existing conditions. Biss, D
HB3215 – Requires school districts to make feminine hygiene products available and free for students. Hunter, M
HB736 – Establishes a small business grant program that will provide money to low‐ income individuals on public aid who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Hunter, M
SB1807 – Bars municipalities from contracting with people or companies for the disposal of general construction or demolition debris. Harmon, D
SB1898 – Terrible service? Probably wouldn’t go there again? Some businesses don’t want you leaving negative feedback on apps like Yelp. Now customers have the right to post reviews whether positive or negative. Sen. Steve Stadelman
HB2610 – Allows the Secretary of State to electronically verify auto insurance policies. Munoz, A
HB2492 – Exempts emergency vehicles and fire trucks from all size, weight and load limits in the Vehicle Code except on Class I highways. Hastings, M
No more driving with “for sale” signage – While this one sounds odd, the reasoning makes sense. In 2018 it will be illegal to drive with a “for sale” sign or any other type of signage in the front winshield. Reason being, a young man was struck and killed by a car being test driven with the sign in the front windshield.
Written motor vehicle accident reports no longer confidential – If you are involved in a car accident in 2018, the Department of Transportation can provide copies of a written accident report to an agency.
Organ donor registry age lowered – The organ donor age is being lowered from 18 to 16. They will join 48 other states that are 16-17 years of age for organ donation.
Less-frequent bus inspections – Buses that carry 15 or less people and school buses will only require inspections once per year.
SB1586 – Allows DNR to establish rules for the public to scatter ashes in a state park – Sen. Bill Cunningham
See a complete list of new laws below.