More New Laws Effective January 1st

PA 98-0981 (HB 5526) Kratom Control Act
Creates the Kratom Control Act, providing that a minor under 18 years of age shall not knowingly purchase or possess any product containing any quantity of Kratom, nor knowingly purchase or possess product containing Kratom. Persons caught distributing Kratom to minors are guilty of a Class B misdemeanor for which the fine will be no less than $500.

PA 98-0983 (HB 5868) Electronic Cigarettes
Amends the Display of Tobacco Products Act, providing that alternative nicotine products (electronic cigarettes) must be sold from behind the counter or in an age restricted area or in a sealed display case.

PA 98-1021 (HB 5689) Special packaging for e-cigarettes
The new law provides that electronic cigarette liquids sold and marketed for the refilling of e-cigarettes may be sold only in special packaging. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shall adopt rules establishing the standards for special packaging to be used for e-cigarette liquids.

PA 98-1014 (HB 802) Reforms to lineup procedures
This law is meant to reform the lineup procedures in Illinois to prevent false identifications ultimately leading to wrongful convictions. Among its requirements are procedures to prevent a lineup administrator from knowing the identity of a suspect and requires law enforcement agencies to adopt written guidelines for using simultaneous lineups and sequential lineups.

PA 98-1017 (HB 4745) Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors  

HB 4745 makes changes in provisions that prohibit the sale or furnishing of alcohol to, and the possession of alcohol by, persons under the age of 21. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly permit his or her residence, any other private property under his or her control, or any vehicle, watercraft, or conveyance to be used by an invitee under the age of 21 in a manner that violates the prohibition. It also makes provisions in the case of rental property.

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