From the Caucus Blog: New Laws for 2016

In spite of the budget gridlock in Springfield this year, 237 new laws are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2016 including: 

Long-Term Care Facility Electronic Recording (P.A. 99-0430, HB2462)Allows for residents of long term care facilities to use an audio or video surveillance system in his or her room at the resident’s expense.

Elimination of Some Mandatory Sentences (P.A. 99-0069, HB 2471)
Eliminates mandatory sentences of life imprisonment for offenders convicted of crimes committed before the offender turns 18. Also allows courts to use discretion in declining to impose sentencing enhancement based upon the involvement of a firearm in the crime.

Right to Try (P.A. 99-0270, HB 1335)Gives terminally ill patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves.  Allows doctors to prescribe to terminally ill patients medicines currently being used in clinical trials.

Read the full list of new laws taking effect here.