New Laws Effective January 1st: Continued

PA 98-0869 (HB 5475) Gold Star specialty license plates
Surviving sons and daughters of military Gold Star recipients are now included among those who may be issued Gold Star specialty license plates by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. Those already eligible for the plates are surviving widows/widowers, siblings and parents.

PA 98-0879 (SB 3255) Eases requirements for disabled veteran parking placards
This law removes a requirement that a disabled parking placard or decal which has been issued to a veteran must be renewed every four years. The new law states that once a disabled parking placard or decal has been issued to a veteran who has been permanently disabled, that veteran does not have to keep coming back to the Secretary of State’s office for a renewal every four years.

PA 98-0902 (HB 4491) Purple Heart License Plate Fee Waiver
To honor those who have served in the military and earned the Purple Heart, Illinois will now waive the payment of any registration or registration renewal fee for an individual issued a Purple Heart license plate. The law will also allow individuals who have been issued the Purple Heart license plate and qualify under the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act to obtain a plate for an additional vehicle for a $24 registration fee.

PA 98-0870 (SB 2583) “Sign and drive” in Illinois
This new law institutes “sign and drive” in Illinois by prohibiting the confiscation of a motorist’s driver’s license as bail when stopped and cited for a minor (no jail time) traffic offense. Since 9/11, the need for appropriate, state-issued photo identification has become a necessity in order to travel, obtain health-care, renting vehicles, etc. The driver’s license is still the standard, accepted form of photo identification.

PA 98-1103 (SB 2802) Proof of online license plate renewal
Allows a printed receipt of online license plate renewal to serve as proof of renewal until the sticker is received in the mail.

PA 98-0743 (HB 5688) Police bulletproof vest requirement
Requires law enforcement agencies to provide a bulletproof vest for every new law enforcement officer, and to replace each vest before the warranty expires. Requires that each government agency covered under this law will be required to apply to the United States Department of Justice under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant of 1998 to help pay for the purchase. Federal reimbursement is available for up to half the cost of the bulletproof vests and the state will be responsible for the remaining half that will otherwise be covered by the law enforcement agency.

PA 98-0883 (HB 2513) Building storm shelters in new schools
This law requires all new school construction in Illinois to include a storm shelter which meets the minimum requirements of the International Code Council and National Storm Shelter Association. The legislation was inspired by the devastation left by deadly tornadoes which ripped through Illinois in 2012 and 2013.

PA 98-1001 (HB 5742) EMS – Stroke Center Designations Established
Amends the Emergency Medical Services Act and adds an “Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital” and “Comprehensive Stroke Center” designations and that require a certification using evidence-based standards from a nationally-recognized certifying body approved by the Department of Public Health; Defines the membership of the “Regional Stroke Advisory Subcommittee” and creates annual fees for these stroke center designations between $100 - $500 to be deposited into the Stroke Data Collection Fund to be used to collect data on stroke victims, treatments, and outcomes.

PA 98-0886 (HB 3765) Recommended follow-ups after a mammogram
When the Department of Public Health issues its written summary regarding early detection and treatment of breast cancer, it must now also inform individuals of recommended follow-up tests. The Department must use layman’s terms when making its summary.

PA 98-0911 (HB 4790) Hair Braiding Licensure Standards
Provides that an individual licensed as a hair braider teacher may practice hair braiding without being licensed as a hair braider. The purpose of this change is to bring the same standards to barber oversight as is done with cosmetology.

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