New laws '14: Local legislators chip in
SPRINGFIELD — Among the laws going into effect Jan. 1 are several that were sponsored by legislators from East Central Illinois. They include:
— SB 2101, sponsored by Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, and Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka. It says that if the owner or licensee of a mobile home park knows, based on written knowledge by law enforcement, that a mobile home has been used for the manufacture of methamphetamine, then that information has to be disclosed to a potential buyer of the home.
— HB 3029, sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, says that written notice of the release of a person convicted of a felony shall be provided electronically to the appropriate state’s attorney, sheriff, law enforcement agency, or public housing agency if those officials had provided the Department of Corrections with an accurate email address.
— HB 3038, sponsored in the Senate by Barickman, says that parents or guardians cannot be sued for eavesdropping on the electronic communications of minors in their care.
— SB 1735, sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, increases the penalty for driving on a revoked or suspended license and causing an accident that results in death or injuries.
— SB 1968, sponsored by Barickman, allows certain criminal prosecution cases for theft and deception to use video-conferencing on foundation testimony.
— SB 105, sponsored by Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, allows electric utilities to provide market settlement service to alternative retail electric suppliers.
— HB 2992, sponsored by Harms, says that in cases with a joint custody arrangement, if one parent needs to leave a child with a substitute child care provider for a significant period, the other parent has a right of first refusal.
— HB 3223, sponsored by Frerichs, requires contractors to submit to the Department of Labor certain payroll records including gross and net wage, hourly overtime rate, fringe benefit rates, and the sponsor and administrator of fringe benefit plans.
— SB 1737, sponsored in the Senate by Rose and in the House by Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, says that if a taxpayer is notified on or before Oct. 1 of any year that he or she owes taxes due to an administrative error, the county collector may send a separate bill for the payment of taxes.
— HB 989, sponsored by Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, creates public safety diver’s driver’s license plates, with applicants paying an additional fee of $45 for original issuance of the plates. Of that sum, $30 goes into the Public Safety Diver Fund and $15 to the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund. Money in the Public Safety Diver Fund shall go to
provide training, standards, equipment and facilities to all public safety disciplines involved in public safety diving and water rescue services.
— HB 1529, sponsored by Sen. Bill Brady, R-Blooomington, creates retired law enforcement license plates and an Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship and Training Fund. Applicant will pay an additional fee of $25 for original issuance of the plates, with $10 going into the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship and Training Fund and $15 to the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund.
— HB 3186, sponsored by Sens. Frerichs and Rose, recognizes a candidate’s military emergency medical training, emergency medical curriculum, and clinical experience when applying to be licensed as an emergency medical technician.
— SB 2245, sponsored by Sens. Righter and Rose, says that veterans should be given priority enrollment to state universities after the student’s eligibility to receive benefits has been verified by the institution.