A number of new laws will take effect beginning with the new year. Some of the major pieces of legislation include:
Providing for taxpayer-funding of elective abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients
Provides that taxpayer funds may be used to cover abortion costs through the state insurance program and through Medicaid for any reason, including elective abortions. Federal law prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for abortion procedures beyond issues involving rape, incest or health risks to the mother. Due to the federal Hyde amendment, Illinois will not be eligible for the 50 cents-on-the-dollar federal reimbursement for elective abortion procedures done through Medicaid.
Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Investigation Act
The Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Investigation Act requires each law enforcement agency to have a written policy regarding the investigation of an officer-involved sexual assault. Any investigations must be conducted by at least two investigators with specialized sexual assault investigation training from either the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board or the State Police. If a
complaint is made against a member of the Chicago Police Department, Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority will conduct the investigation.
Research Dogs and Cats Adoption act
A research facility, after the completion of its research, must assess the health of the dog or cat, and determine whether or not the animal is suitable for adoption. For the animals determined to be fit, the research facility must make a reasonable effort to have them adopted. Facilities that provide the animals to adoption agencies are immune from liability except when willful or wanton misconduct takes place. Research facilities must also post their animal policies online.
Barack Obama Day
Designates August 4th each year as Barack Obama Day. This is not an official state holiday, state government does not shut down.
Police officers PTSD training
Amends the Illinois Police Training Act for probationary police officers to receive training on effective recognition of and responses to stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress experienced by police officers.
Outlaws hospital “no admit” lists
The law prohibits hospitals from maintaining a list of individuals that may not be admitted for treatment. It does not prohibit a hospital from recommending an alternate provider, coordinating an appropriate transfer, or arranging access to care services that best meet the needs of an individual patient.
Free access to feminine hygiene products in Illinois schools
Feminine hygiene products will now be available, at no cost to students, in the bathrooms of school buildings under this new mandate to Illinois school districts. “Feminine hygiene products” means tampons and sanitary napkins for use in connection with the menstrual cycle.
Cybersecurity training for state employees
Requires state employees to annually undergo training by the Department of Innovation and Technology concerning cybersecurity. The Department will be able to make the training an online course, and it will include information on detecting phishing scams, preventing spyware infections and identity theft, and preventing and responding to data breaches.
Illegal electronic monitoring
This act creates the offense of illegal electronic monitoring, to protect citizens’ privacy and safety from spyware and tracking software being unknowingly installed or downloaded onto cell phones.
Designates corn as the official state grain of the state of Illinois.
Read the rest of the 200 bills becoming law on January 1st here.