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Posted on: December 20, 2016

New and Updated State Laws That May Affect You in 2017

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As the New Year approaches, new Illinois laws go into effect. Although hundreds of new laws will take effect in Illinois on January 1, here are a few Illinois laws governing health and law enforcement that may impact you:

Health
Birth-Control Coverage
House Bill 5576 implements an easy process for all women to access birth control without additional costs by requiring all Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage on most FDA- approved contraceptive options. Insurance companies are required to cover up to 12 months of contraceptives at a time.

Work Sick Leave
House Bill 6162 requires employers to give their employees flexibility in using their sick time. Employers that provide sick leave to their employees are now required to cover absences due to illness, injury or medical appointment of the employee’s family for reasonable periods of time. This includes an employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother or father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step-parent. Employers can limit the use of time, but not less than the sick leave accrued during a six month period.

Removing Lead Toxins
Senate Bill 2300 prohibits the sale or release of properties with high levels of lead until the problem is mitigated and the property is considered safe.

Law Enforcement
Police Dog Retirement
Senate Bill 3129 gives police officers first preference to adopt their retiring police dogs to ensure dogs can remain a part of the officer’s family.

Dennis’s Law
House bill 5912, known as "Dennis's Law," states that bicyclists are entitled to the right of way on Illinois streets, same as drivers of cars and trucks.

Drivers Education Course: When Pulled Over by an Officer
House Bill 6131, requires all driving schools in Illinois to teach students how to react when stopped by the police.

Interrogations on a Minor
Senate Bill 2370 states that all interrogations of children under 18 years of age must be videotaped for any felony and for some misdemeanor cases. The bill also raises the age from 13 to 15 for a requirement that children be represented by lawyers during custodial interrogations for homicide and sex offenses.

For a full list of Illinois Laws, please visit ilga.gov.

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