Dear Valued Constituent,
As the new year gets underway, I’d like to bring to your attention a few notable new laws in Illinois. As we begin our work for the 2017 legislative session, the state of Illinois continues to face serious challenges. Illinois is operating without a full year’s budget and the consequences are growing. Our social service safety net programs are becoming more vulnerable every day, our unpaid bills are piling up, and our economic climate remains unstable. My top priority this session is to resolve the impasse in Springfield and pass a full year’s budget. I promise to do all I can to reverse the course in our great state and get us moving in a direction in which we all can prosper. Please see the following summaries of new Illinois laws effective in 2017.
HB 1288 (Public Act 99-0758) Effective 1/1/2017
The men and women who are domestic workers have very few protections. Often, they are paid less than minimum wage, face discrimination from their employers and sub-standard working conditions. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights requires domestic workers to receive minimum wage and allows them to be protected by laws preventing discrimination against women and minorities.
HB 5538 (Public Act 99-0810) Effective 1/1/2017
Our police officers walk into many difficult situations when they are responding to a call. This is especially true when they respond to a domestic disturbance. This new law requires additional training on domestic violence for law enforcement officials, helping officers to better identify and respond to incidents of domestic abuse.
SB 2814 (Public Act 99-0906) Effective 6/1/2017
The ComEd/Exelon bill keeps jobs in Illinois and expands investment in clean energy production. One of the areas that has the greatest potential for job growth is renewable energy. This legislation includes incentives to help put people to work building solar panels and wind turbines.
HB 4264 (Public Act 99-0766) Effective 1/1/2017
People in abusive relationships know how to hide signs of abuse. To help members of the community recognize these signs and help women get the help that they need, this legislation requires cosmetologists and nail technicians to complete domestic violence and sexual assault education as a requirement of licensure.
HB 4462 (Public Act 99-0711) Effective 1/1/2017
Food allergies can be extremely serious. Every second before an allergy is treated counts. This legislation allows school bus drivers to carry and administer EpiPens in addition to expanding accessibility to EpiPens in schools. This law provides for training to recognize anaphylaxis (allergic reaction) and properly administer an EpiPen.
HB 4344 (Public Act 99-0802) Effective 1/1/2017
Many roads across the state have been named after the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. To make it easier for families to honor their loved ones, the Heroes Way Designation Program allows family members of a fallen soldier to apply for an honorary road designation without having to go through the legislature.
HB 4432 (Public Act 99-0804) Effective 1/1/2017
It is very important for students to attend school on a regular basis. However, there are times when students must miss school for reasonable causes. This legislation allows students in grades 6-12 to receive excused absences for the purpose of performing “Taps” at a military honors funeral in the state of Illinois. Additionally, the student’s absence shall not count against a school’s ADA (Average Daily Attendance).
HB 4257 (Public Act 99-0829) Effective 1/1/2017
We meet people with disabilities every day, some that are easily detected and some not so obvious. To help police, first responders, and medical professionals properly meet their needs, this law allows for the option for disabled individuals to have notification of their disability displayed on their state ID, at their request.
HB 6006 (Public Act 99-0681) Effective 1/1/2017
Reducing the number of fatalities on our roads is extremely important. To help keep drivers and first responders on the side of the road safe, all cars that approach another vehicle stalled with hazard lights on a highway with at least 4 lanes will be required to approach the car at a slow pace, or face being charged with a petty offense.
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