Shelbyville Daily Union

December 27, 2013

Brown: New Laws Taking Effect in 2014


Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — CHAMPAIGN — With more than 200 new laws set to take effect on Jan. 1, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) is urging Illinois residents to familiarize themselves with the new statutes that aim at increasing public safety, adding new driving restrictions and protecting the health and safety of children.

“Beginning January 1st, Illinois residents will not only see an increase in the speed limit on our interstates, they’ll also no long be able to use handheld cell phones while driving,” said Brown. “In addition, we will see an increase in assistance for veterans earning a college degree, as well as enhanced safeguards for victims.”

Below are highlights of new laws that take effect at the start of 2014. To see a complete list of all 218 new laws taking effect on January 1st, please visit www.ilga.gov.

n Cell Phone Driving Ban – Bans the use of cell phones while driving. Exemptions from the ban include the use of hands-free devices and two-way radios. (HB 1247, PA 98-506)

n Speed Limit of 70 MPH — Raises the speed limit on rural Illinois interstates to 70 miles per hour. The bill excludes certain urban and suburban counties from the higher speed limit. (SB 2356, PA 98-511)

n Tanning Bed Ban for Minors under 18 — Bans tanning facilities from permitting any person under the age of 18 from using tanning booths or beds. Specifies that parental permission does not exempt the person under 18 from the ban. (HB 188, PA 98-349)

n Voting Rights — Allows a person who is 17 on the date of the primary election to vote if that person will be 18 on the date of the general election. (HB 226, PA 98-360)

n Ban of E-Cigarettes to Minors — Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The bill requires sellers to verify that a buyer is over 18. (SB 1756, PA 98-350)

n Vandalism of Veterans’ Grave Sites — Enhances penalties for vandalism of graves or memorials honoring an individual or group of police officers, firefighters, members of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard, or veterans. (SB 2231, PA 98315)

n Medical Marijuana — Authorizes use of medical cannabis for authorized patients with qualifying diseases. (HB 1, PA 98-122)

n Domestic Battery Penalties — Enhances penalties for domestic battery when the offender has prior convictions for that offense. (HB 958, PA 98-187)

n Kelsey’s Law — Prohibits the issuance of a graduated driver’s license to a person under 18 if that person has a traffic citation which has not been dealt with. (HB 1009, PA 98-168)

n State Budget — Requires the Governor’s office to place the entire state budget online within 60 days of its enactment. (HB 2955, PA 98-461)

n Autopsies — Requires all autopsies conducted in Illinois to include a finding of whether or not the death was caused by a seizure or epilepsy. (SB 1226, PA 98-340)

n Childhood Sexual Abuse — Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for damages based on childhood sexual abuse. (SB 1399, PA 98-276)

n Boating while Intoxicated — A person’s driver’s license can be suspended for operating a boat while under the influence. The bill also states that the operator of any motorboat involved in a boating accident shall be deemed to have given their consent to testing for alcohol or other intoxicants. (SB 1479, PA 98-103)

n Puppy Lemon Law – Provides certain remedies to a customer who purchased a dog or cat that possesses or has died from certain diseases or illness, if within 21 days of the date of sale, a licensed veterinarian states in writing that at the time of sale the animal was unfit for purchase due to illness or disease. (SB 1639,PA 98-509)

n Priority Enrollment for Service Members — Requires state colleges and universities to give the earliest possible enrollment opportunity to service members and veterans who are Illinois residents. (SB 2245, PA 98-316)

n Victim Notification– Require State’s Attorneys to notify crime victims’ immediate family members of their rights to present at sentencing an impact statement about the effect of the crime on the victim. (HB 827, PA 98-372)