New Illinois Laws 2023: See the full list of new Illinois laws that go into effect January 1

CHICAGO (WLS) — With the start of the new year, there is always a new set of laws that come into effect.

More than 180 new laws are expected to take effect on January 1, 2023, covering a range of issues large and small affecting Illinois.

A complete list of all new Illinois laws taking effect next year can be found here.

Here’s a look at some of the more interesting laws that will come into effect.

Illinois SAFE-T Act

One of the most comprehensive and arguably most controversial pieces of legislation to be signed into law this year was Illinois’ SAFE-T Act, a massive criminal justice reform bill updating the rules governing prison sentences in awaiting trial and the use of force by the police. .

The biggest controversy in the SAFE-T law is the key provision to end cash bail, which advocates say drives the poor to sit in jail because they can’t post bail, even for minor charges, while wealthy people can pay for their pre-trial release, even for the most serious crimes.

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The cash bail provision has become a signature campaign issue in the race for Illinois governor and state attorney general. The law gives judges discretion to keep suspects they deem dangerous locked up without bail, and amendments signed by Gov. JB Pritzker in December expanded the list of custodial offenses to include certain non-violent crimes.

The amendments also clarified other controversial elements of the bill, including that police can still arrest someone for trespassing and judges can issue arrest warrants when someone misses court.

The SAFE-T law also requires all Illinois police officers to wear body cameras by 2025, establishes a more defined system for police complaints, and requires more law enforcement training.

Modification of workers’ rights

Illinois is a strong labor state and just got stronger after voters approved the workers’ rights amendment in the 2022 midterm elections.

Amendment to the state constitution to guarantee government employees the right to organize and collectively bargain terms and conditions of employment.

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Proponents say this will ensure workers can still use collective bargaining to secure better wages, hours and working conditions. It will also prevent lawmakers from enacting a so-called right to work law, should it undergo a right-wing shift, which would allow workers covered by union contracts to not pay dues.

The amendment passed with more than 50% support from the overall midterm vote.

No charge for victims of carjacking (HB3772)

You shouldn’t have to pay traffic tickets when your car is stolen. This law ensures that people whose cars have been stolen will not be liable for any violations, charges, fines or penalties when their vehicles are caught at red lights or speed cameras.

Simplification of the identification of missing persons (SB 3932)

Spurred on by Jelani Day’s death, this law requires a coroner or medical examiner to notify the FBI if human remains in their custody are not identified within 72 hours of their discovery.

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Miscarriage leave (SB 3120)

This law allows women who have a miscarriage, a stillborn child or any other diagnosis or event that has an impact on pregnancy or fertility to take 10 days of unpaid leave.

Safer food preparation (HB209)

This law prohibits the use of latex gloves for food handling and preparation, as well as for emergency responders like paramedics, allowing people with latex allergies to eat and receive medical attention from safe emergency.

Electronic Protection Orders (SB 2667)

Filing paperwork to bring your abuser to justice shouldn’t be dangerous. To better protect survivors, this law allows anyone to apply for a protective order at any time by email or online in addition to the in-person option. It also requires counties with populations over 250,000 to offer the option of a remote hearing.

Crown Act (SB 3616)

Expanding on the anti-discrimination law that went into effect in 2021 and applying to schools, this law amends Illinois human rights law to include traits associated with race, such as texture hair and protective hairstyles like braids, highlights and twists to combat hair discrimination. At work.

Helping women heal themselves (HB 5254)

In order to prevent osteoporosis and other medical conditions, this law requires health insurance plans to cover medically necessary hormone treatments for women who have had a hysterectomy and thus induced menopause.

Another law, HB 4271, requires state-regulated private insurance to cover medically necessary breast reduction surgery.

Made in Illinois (SB 3609)

To encourage Illinois to support the state’s economy, this law reduces registration fees for cars and small trucks if they are made in Illinois.

Registration of senior vehicles (HB 5304)

To ensure that seniors save their money, this law reduces vehicle registration fees for seniors from $24 to $10.

Honoring Illinois Service Members (SB 3459)

When the families of deceased Illinois service members who died while on active state or federal duty are honored, their next of kin will receive an Illinois State Flag.

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