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Friday, December 29, 2006

New Illinois laws for 2007

The Illinois Channel has compiled a list of new laws that go into effect January 1, 2007. As usual, many (but, not all) of the new laws do make sense. Some are obviously made for a special interest.

A few highlights:

  • Dentists (SB 279) - Extends the repeal date for the Illinois Dental Practice Act to Jan. 1, 2016.
  • Felons' animals (HB 2946) - Prohibits certain felons from possessing a dog that is not spayed or neutered.
  • Grandparent grant (HB 4406) - Provides that a person is entitled to a $1,000 grant if he or she is in the legal custody of his/her grandparent and receives Public Aid assistance, has graduated from high school with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, and has been recommended for the grant by the principal of his/her high school.
  • Jane Addams Day (HB 5243) - Establishes Dec. 10 as Jane Addams Day.
  • Quitclaim deeds (SB 2569) - Mandates that counties develop a system to administer a system to notify owners in the filing of a quitclaim deed on their homes.
  • Religious protection (SB 2165) - Prohibits condominium associations from adopting any rules or regulations that impairs First Amendment rights, particularly religious rights.
  • Wine purchases (SB 946) - Allows restaurant patrons to take home open wine from a restaurant if the bottle is properly sealed.

And, to be in compliance with the new Carbon Monoxide Detector Act, we got one with a digital read out. So far, it registers at zero.

Posted by Marie at December 29, 2006 11:55 PM