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Illinois Legislation Effective January 1, 2019

1/7/2019 4:34:00 PM

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Notable Legislation

72-hour Waiting Period (SB 3256/PA 1000606): Creates a 72-hour waiting period on all firearms, not just handguns. The bill also eliminates the current exemption from the waiting period requirements for the sale of a firearm to a nonresident of Illinois while at a recognized gun show. The bill retains the current 24 hour withholding period for stun guns and Tasers. A violation of this provision would be a Class 4 felony. The bill also eliminates the current statutory exemption from the waiting period requirements for the sale of a firearm to a nonresident of Illinois while at an official gun show recognized by the State Police.

Firearms Restraining Order (HB 2354/PA 1000607): Allows family members or law enforcement to petition the court for an ex parte order alleging the respondent poses significant danger of causing personal injury to himself/herself or another by having in his/her custody or control, purchasing, possessing or receiving a firearm. The court may issue this order without notice to the respondent but a hearing must be held as soon as possible not to exceed 14 days. Allows for two types of orders: ex-parte/emergency (probable cause) and sixmonth orders (clear and convincing). Allows the court to issue search warrants (even in cases where the petitioner is a family member) to law enforcement to seize the weapons if there is probable cause to believe the respondent possesses weapons.

Missing High-Risk Military Person (SB 2278/PA 100-0835): Adds veterans and active duty members of the reserves and Armed Forces believed to have physical or mental health issues, related to service, to the definition of “high-risk missing person.” 

Medical Records for Homeless Vets (HB 4848/PA 100-0814): Mandates that health-care facilities and practitioners provide a free copy of a homeless veteran’s medical records if the records are being requested by either the veteran or an authorized person, entity, or organization for the purpose of supporting a claim for veterans’ disability benefits.

Controlled-Substance Prescribers Continuing Ed (SB 2777/PA 100-1106): Requires licensed prescribers of controlled substances to complete three hours of continuing education on safe opioid-prescribing practices prior to renewing their prescription license. They can count continuing-education hours offered by an accredited professional association, a state agency, a federal agency or hours used to meet the licensing requirements of other states toward this requirement.

Emergency Opioid and Addition Treatment Access (SB 682/PA 100-1023): Specifies that insurance companies/MCOs cannot require prior notification of specified inpatient and outpatient substance-use-disorder treatment. It establishes procedures for insurance companies to terminate coverage of substance-usedisorder treatment. It provides for discharge notifications to be provided to insurance companies. It makes other changes.

Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Rewrite (HB 4795/PA 100-0759): Makes changes to provide the foundation for subsequent policies and rules that will enhance and support efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders and the resultant changes that are created for medical and community-based organizations that provide intervention and treatment. Managed care organizations and primary care providers need clear guidance on when licensure is required and this will help to ensure a standardized approach to intervention and treatment.

Human Trafficking Notice Requirements (HB 4340/PA 100-0671): Adds the following to the list of establishments required to post notice under the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act: massage establishments; public gatherings and special events conducted on property open to the public that require the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government; public and private elementary and secondary schools; and establishments registered under the Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act. Provides that a business or establishment that fails to comply with the Act is guilty of a petty offense, and subject to a fine of up to $500 for each violation (instead of liable for a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense).

Human Trafficking Lawsuits (SB 3108/PA 1000939): Allows human trafficking survivors to bring a civil cause of action against traffickers under existing law. Allows family members, victim advocates, a court appointee or a government entity responsible for enforcing the laws of this State to bring an action on behalf of a victim.

Human Trafficking Victim Compensation (HB 2063/PA 100-1037): Adds the crime of human trafficking to the section of the Act that allows for a longer reporting time frame for more vulnerable victims of crime, like it currently does for survivors of sexual assault. Clarifies that trafficking victims are eligible for compensation if they are engaged in a legal proceeding involving a claim that the victim is a victim of human trafficking.

Blaze Pink (HB 4231/PA 100-0949): Provides that hunters may wear blaze pink during firearm deer season and upland game season.

Rear-Facing Car Seat (HB 4377/PA 100-0672): Requires children under the age of two to be secured in a rear-facing child-restraint system. Children weighing more than 40 pounds or taller than 40 inches are exempted.

Back-Up Vehicular Lights (SB 2511/PA 1000707): Provides that a back-up lamp equipped on a motor vehicle must emit a white or amber light without glare.

Route 66 Centennial Commission (HB 66/PA 100-0649): Creates a 20-member Route 66 Centennial Commission to plan and coordinate commemorative events throughout the State to celebrate 100 years of Route 66. 

Golden Parachutes (SB 3604/PA 100-0894): Sets severance pay conditions for government employees to attempt to prevent “golden parachutes.” States that severance pay provided may not exceed more than 20 weeks compensation and severance pay must be prohibited when the employee in question has been fired for misconduct. Introduced in response to recent situations where severance packages have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Rivers Edge Redevelopment Zones (SB 3527/PA 100-0629):  Creates an income tax credit equal to 25 percent of the qualified expenditures incurred by a qualified taxpayer undertaking a qualified rehabilitation plan of a structure that is located in Illinois and is defined as a certified historic structure—however, IDNR shall not issue more than $15 million per year, and no more than $3 million for a given rehabilitation plan. Provides that the taxpayer (much like the existing program) must apply to IDNR; makes the credit carry-forward for 10 years, allows for a five-year recapture period.

Crime, Courts, Corrections and Law Enforcement

Medication Disposal (HB 1338/PA 100-0612): Broadens the definition of “unused medication” to include medications that are in liquid form, specifically suspensions. This would permit police officers and nurses to dispose of liquid medications that are located at death scenes. Permits unused medications contained in intraperitoneal solutions to be disposed of in public wastewater-collection or septic systems. Current law permits the disposal of unused medications that are contained in intravenous fluids, syringes, or transdermal patches. Targets situations where there may be medications, including medical opioids, following a death.

Principal Endorsement (HB 5754/PA 100-0780): Allows four years of working or teaching as school support personnel for DOC to qualify for principal endorsement on educator license.

DOC Inmate Violence Reporting (HB 4888/PA 100-0907): Requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to collect and report violence in prisons and other correctional facilities and to publish public safety reports. The data would include numbers on assaults, sexual assaults, contraband, weapons, suicide, and segregation.

Corrections Visitation Policy (HB 4741/PA 1000677): Entitles inmates to seven visits per month and permits inmates to supply the Illinois Department of Corrections with a list of 30 persons that are authorized to visit. The required list of authorized visitors is to be available beginning August 2019 in electronic format.

Bail (SB 2579/PA 100-0929): States the $30 per day credit is on the cash amount of the bail (technical correction). The Circuit Court may deny the $30 per day credit and the seven-day rehearing provision to an individual who fails to appear in court and is arrested for failure to appear on that original charge. Nonprobationable gun offenses are moved from Category B to Category A.  These charges, if found guilty, will involve a sentence to the Department of Corrections. Unclaimed Bail Deposits were retained by the County but now will be transferred to the State Treasurer under the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.

Human Trafficking Lawsuits (SB 3108/PA 1000939): Allows human trafficking survivors to bring a civil cause of action against traffickers under existing law. Allows family members, victim advocates, a court appointee or a government entity responsible for enforcing the laws of this State to bring an action on behalf of a victim.

Crime Victim Rights (HB 5573/PA 100-0961): Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 by adding language regarding victim’s rights found in the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act to avoid references to multiple statutes in juvenile delinquency proceedings. Additionally, offers that the provisions which allow a crime victim to make a written and oral statement do not apply to certain mental health hearings or proceedings after acquittal by reason of insanity if cases where the defendant was younger than 18 years of age at the time the offense was committed.

Posting Requirement for Intersex/Gender Individuals (SB 574/PA 100-0966): Allows, the court to waive the notice and publication requirement for a change of name involving a person who files with the court a written declaration that publishing their name change would place them at risk of physical harm or discrimination. The person must provide evidence to support their claim that the publishing notice would put that person at risk of physical harm or discrimination. This seeks to provide more privacy for individuals undergoing a gender change when they seek to change their name.

Mobile Home Owner Disposing Abandoned Homes (SB 3261/PA 100-1083): Authorizes mobile home owners and operators to remove and dispose of an abandoned mobile home. A proceeding to remove an abandoned mobile home can be filed in the circuit court of the county that the mobile home is located. The bill also outlines the circumstances in which the mobile home park owner or operator may commence a judgment that the home is abandoned.

Human Trafficking Notice Requirements (HB 4340/PA 100-0671): Adds the following to the list of establishments required to post notice under the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act: massage establishments; public gatherings and special events conducted on property open to the public that require the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government; public and private elementary and secondary schools; and establishments registered under the Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act. Provides that a business or establishment that fails to comply with the Act is guilty of a petty offense, and subject to a fine of up to $500 for each violation (instead of liable for a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense).

ISP Civilian Employee Ticketing (HB 5057/PA 100-0830): Allows civilian employees of ISP to write tickets pertaining to excess size and weight permits.

Booking Photograph Limitation (SB 2560/PA 100-0927): Limits the publishing of booking photographs, “mugshots,” on social media with respect to civil offenses and offenses less than a Class A misdemeanor, unless the photo has been posted in order to assist in the search of a missing person or fugitive, person of interest, or in relation to a more serious crime. Also provides for the correction of errors by entities that publish criminal record information for profit. 

Civil Service Commission Clarifications (SB 2707/PA 100-1073): Gives the Commission an option to seek more information rather than have an employee automatically reinstated. Clarifies that the Civil Service Commission can remand cases back to the hearing officer for purposes of taking additional evidence or soliciting additional argument.  Further clarifies that the Commission gets an additional 60 days after remand in order to make a determination.

Pleadings Under Oath (SB 3295/PA 100-1086): Amends the Code of Civil Procedure in the section for verification and document certification so that any pleading, affidavit, or other document can be used without being sworn under oath and removes any requirement that it be sworn before an authorized person.

Citations (HB 4476/PA 100-0674): Removes the requirement that a person in violation of a petty offense must sign a paper citation. This will improve officer safety and save money, as ISP pays $.10 per sheet of paper required for a violator’s signature. 

Synthetic Cannabis, Bath Salts, and Piperazines (SB 2341/PA 100-0789): Makes it so that synthetic cannabinoids and piperazines are Schedule I controlled substances when they are not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA); or, if approved, are not dispensed or possessed in accordance with State or federal law. Includes any synthetic cathinone which is not approved by the FDA; or, if approved, is not dispensed or possessed in accordance with State or federal law in the list of specified synthetic cathinones that are Schedule I controlled substances.

Prohibits Appointment of Auxiliary State Policemen (SB 3263/PA 100-0808): Prohibits the Director of State Police from appointing auxiliary State policemen after the law goes into effect.

Police Sexual Assault Training (HB 5203/PA 100-0910): Codifies current training already being conducted for law enforcement officers concerning sexual assault and sexual abuse. Adds to the list of topics for trauma-informed responses and investigations of sexual assault and sexual abuse the recognizing special sensitivities of victims due to: age, including those younger than age 13; gender; or other qualifications. Also, adds “age sensitive” to the evidence-based curriculum standards to the training requirements for courses for police. 

Murder Registrant Requests for Review (SB 3489/PA 100-0946): Allows someone who is required to register under the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act to file a Request for Review with the office of the State’s Attorney of the county in which he or she was convicted to review his or her registration information. Seeks to rectify concerns about inaccurate conviction information being sent by the State’s Attorneys to the State Police which allegedly resulted in people being on the registry who should not have been.

Law Enforcement Training (SB 2925/PA 100-0984): Requires the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board to develop a program for school resource officers, and establishes requirements and determine if existing local police agency training meets requirements.

Police Citation Quotas (SB 3509/PA 100-1001): Removes the exemption that applies only to Chicago in the section of law prohibiting municipalities from instituting police citation quotas statewide and use of those quotas from assessment of job performance. 

Sex Offense Statute of Limitations (SB 2271): Extends the statute of limitations for sex offenses committed against an adult for one year after discovery by the victim when corroborating physical evidence is available. The charging document must state that the statute of limitations is extended and the circumstances justifying the extension.

Police Dog Protection (HB 1671/PA 100-0666): Requires every law enforcement agency/handler of police dogs to provide an annual medical examination by licensed vet and vaccinate the dog against rabies prior to the dog beginning police service. It also requires vehicles that transport police dogs to be equipped with heat sensor monitor in the vehicle that will send an audible and visual notification in the vehicle if the temperature in the vehicle reaches 85 degrees. 

Victim Compensation Report Requirement (HB 5267/PA 100-0690): Requires law enforcement agencies to submit a police report in response to a request from the AG’s Crime Victims Compensation Bureau for the sole purpose of verifying the requirements necessary for a victim to qualify for compensation. Currently, the AG often receives a report with redacted information which makes it difficult to make eligibility determinations for crime victim compensation.

Criminal Background Checks (SB 2907/PA 1000718): Allows authorized agencies and entities that conduct or obtain national criminal history background checks for persons to be eligible to participate in the Federal Rap Back Service administered by the Department of State Police.

Order of Protection Status (SB 2826/PA 1000714): Updates the order of protection status under the Human Rights Act to reflect new types of protective orders that have been created over time.

Special Assistant State’s Attorneys (HB 3648/PA 100-0669): Allows state’s Attorney to appoint qualified attorneys to assist as Special Assistant State’s Attorneys when the public interest so requires.

Emailing Service of Documents (SB 2644/PA 100-0880): States that after a hearing notice, an agency may require an attorney representing a party to provide one or more email addresses at which they shall accept service of documents from the hearing. Specifies documents that are NOT allowed to be sent by email.

Immigrants Qualifying Criminal Activity (SB 34/ VETO OVERRIDE): Mandates state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, or other public authorities execute certification requests by victims of “qualifying criminal activity” documenting an immigrant’s cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity. Such certifications are necessary for applications for T and U visas, which provide lawful status for immigrants who cooperate with such investigations and prosecutions.

Nursing Mom Jury Duty (HB 5745/PA 1000696): Exempts nursing mothers from jury service. 

Missing Person with Disabilities (SB 2265/PA100-0662): Requires the Department of State Police to compile and maintain a data repository for missing persons with disabilities as part of the statewide Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). The Department of State Police must coordinate with the Illinois Department of Human Services to develop and implement a community outreach program to the Endangered Missing Person Advisory with applicable entities.  Also provides that a missing person with disabilities be considered a “high risk missing person.” Intends to help law enforcement and human service entities be better prepared to locate individuals with developmental disabilities.

Trust Property Conveyance (SB 2309/PA 1000786): Provides that a transfer of real property to a trust requires a transfer of legal title of real property to the trustee evidenced by a written instrument of conveyance. Furthermore, removes the requirements for trustee to file trust property transfer with the recorder for the county.

Name Change Notice for Abuse Victims (SB 2330/PA 100-0788): Allows victims of domestic violence to waive the publication requirement when filing a name change petition in order to keep victims’ addresses private from abusers. Currently, they are required to publish notice of the name change, meaning abusers can learn the victim’s new name and use that information to continue the abuse.

Two-Year Restricted Permit (SB 3148/PA 1000803): States that a restricted driving permit may be issued for two years rather than one year.

Officer-Involved Shooting Policies (SB 2378/PA 100-0970):  Requires all law enforcement agencies to adopt a written policy for the internal review of officer-involved shootings. Each written policy shall be available for copying and inspection under the Freedom of Information Act.           

Stalking (SB 3411/PA 100-1000): Provides that stalking behavior includes sending unwanted messages via social media. Expands who may bring a petition under the Act to include an authorized agent of a workplace; an authorized agent of a place of worship; and an authorized agent of a school.

Community Law Enforcement Deflection (SB 3023/PA 100-1025): Creates the Community Law Enforcement Partnership for Deflection and Addiction Treatment Act. Allows law enforcement agencies to collaborate with licensed substance use service providers and other community partners to develop and implement programs that deflect individuals who have overdosed or who have substance use disorders instead into substance use treatment provided by a licensed provider.

Human Trafficking Victim Compensation (HB 2063/PA 100-1037): Adds the crime of human trafficking to the section of the Act that allows for a longer reporting time frame for more vulnerable victims of crime, like it currently does for survivors of sexual assault. Clarifies that trafficking victims are eligible for compensation if they are engaged in a legal proceeding involving a claim that the victim is a victim of human trafficking.

DUI Sentencing Factor (HB 4554/PA 100-1053): Makes it an aggravating factor in sentencing for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or any combination thereof that the individual was driving his or her vehicle the wrong on a one-way street. 

Fraud Statute of Limitations Extension (SB 2891/PA 100-0998): Provides an extended statute of limitations for vendor fraud, kickbacks, or managed health care fraud. Allows a prosecution for vendor fraud, kickbacks, or managed health care fraud of least $5,000, to be commenced within five years (rather than three years) of the last committed act.

Adult Redeploy Illinois (SB 3388/PA 100-0999): Expands eligibility for Adult Redeploy Illinois to all probation-eligible offenders subject to local control and decision making. This means that local programs would have the option (but not a mandate) to screen and enroll individuals for offenses that are probation-eligible but currently considered violent such as aggravated battery or domestic battery.

Information Testimony (SB 1830/VETO OVERRIDE): Requires the prosecution to disclose attempts to introduce evidence of incriminating statements made by the accused to, or overheard by, an informant in a prosecution for certain serious offenses (homicides, sex offenses, aggravated arson).

Environment, Energy, Conservation and Natural Resources

Smoking Enforcement (SB 2514/PA 100-0877): Gives the Department of Natural Resources and Illinois State Police law enforcement agencies power to enforce smoking violations under the Smoke Free Illinois Act (rather than just local law enforcement agencies).

Firearms and FOID

FOID Renewal and Suspension (HB 4855/PA 100-0906): Allows ISP by rule to suspend a FOID card for the duration of a disqualification rather than having to permanently revoke the FOID card as long as the disqualification is not a permanent grounds for revocation like felony conviction, domestic violence, etc. Also, clarifies the definition of “patient” in the FOID Card Act so hospitals and mental health facilities have a better idea as to what should be reported to DHS and ultimately ISP.

Insurance

Out-of-State Vehicle Liability Insurance (HB 4472/PA 100-0828): Requires a person operating a vehicle that is registered in another state on Illinois highways must be covered by a liability insurance policy. The operator must also carry evidence of insurance in the vehicle.

Emergency Opioid and Addition Treatment Access (SB 682/PA 100-1023): Specifies that insurance companies/MCOs cannot require prior notification of specified inpatient and outpatient substance-use-disorder treatment. It establishes procedures for insurance companies to terminate coverage of substance-use disorder treatment. It provides for discharge notifications to be provided to insurance companies. It makes other changes.

Mental Health (SB 1707/PA 100-1024):

Provides a new and more expansive definition for “mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorder or condition.” Makes conforming changes. Makes conforming changes to all applicable insurance mandates regarding mental health coverage under the Insurance Code, State Employee Group Insurance, Counties Code, Municipal Code & School Code. Strikes out the definition for “serious mental illness” and “substance use disorder or condition.” Prohibits prior authorization requirements, step therapy requirements, & makes changes to prescription drug formulary tiers for drugs prescribed for substance use disorders. Prohibits excluding coverage for court-ordered substance use disorder treatment, including medicine, counseling & wrap around treatments. Specifically outlines how DOI and DHFS are to enforce State and federal mental health parity laws and regulations. Provides DOI and HFS to issue a joint report and conduct an educational presentation to the General Assembly, no later than August 1st of every year. Creates a mental health parity working group for the purposes of providing recommendations on health plan data reporting that break out data on mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorder benefits and data on other medical benefits. Also requires insurers to submit a report by July 1, 2020 on treatment and denial of treatment for mental and substance use disorders. Provides the Auditor General will take a review of compliance by DOI and HFS with mental parity sections of the Insurance Code.

Pension, Health and other Benefits

Paramedics and Fire Fighters in PEDA (HB 5221/VETO OVERRIDE): Includes full-time paramedics and fire fighters who perform paramedic duties in the definition of eligible employee under the Public Employee Disability Act. The PEDA is a one-year benefit that entitles those with “line of duty” injuries who can’t work their full pay, no reduction in pension credits or sick leave accumulation. 

Public Safety

72-hour Waiting Period (SB 3256/PA 1000606): Creates a 72-hour waiting period on all firearms, not just handguns. The bill also eliminates the current exemption from the waiting period requirements for the sale of a firearm to a nonresident of Illinois while at a recognized gun show. The bill retains the current 24-hour withholding period for stun guns and Tasers. A violation of this provision would be a Class 4 felony. The bill also eliminates the current statutory exemption from the waiting period requirements for the sale of a firearm to a nonresident of Illinois while at an official gun show recognized by the State Police.

Firearms Restraining Order (HB 2354/PA 1000607): Allows family members or law enforcement to petition the court for an ex parte order alleging the respondent poses significant danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his custody or control, purchasing, possessing or receiving a firearm. The court may issue this order without notice to the respondent but a hearing must be held as soon as possible not to exceed 14 days. Allows for two types of orders: ex-parte/emergency (probable cause) and sixmonth orders (clear and convincing). Allows the court to issue search warrants (even in cases where the petitioner is a family member) to law enforcement to seize the weapons if there is probable cause to believe the respondent possesses weapons.

Adult Protective Services (HB 4847/PA 1000641): Clarifies that Adult Protective Services may investigate instance of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of an eligible adult who lives within programs and facilities operated, licensed, certified, or funded by the Department of Human Services when the alleged abuse happens outside of the facility, or the alleged financial exploitation is perpetrated by an individual who is not an employee of the facility where the adult resides. The Department believes this will close a gap of jurisdiction for investigating abuse of adults living in facilities who also visit the outside community.

State Government

Parking Decal Application (SB 2285/PA 1000702): Allows the Secretary of State to issue a one-time decal or device (valid for up to 6 months) to any non-resident of Illinois who is displaced due to a national disaster as declared by the federal government. As well as, proof of residency in Illinois and proof of disability must be provided to SOS, and individuals who do not have an ID number or driver’s license number to use a valid ID number issued by a branch of the U.S. military or a federally issued Medicare or Medicaid ID number to apply for a person with disabilities parking decal. 

Ivory Ban (HB 4843/PA 100-0857): Bans the import and sale of most ivory and ivory products in Illinois; exempts antique guns and knives that are more than 100 years old, and also exempts musical instruments containing ivory that were produced before 1975. Allows the Department of Natural Resources to set rules for allowing the sale or transfer of ivory if it is for educational or scientific purposes.

Missing Person’s ID Act (HB 4348/PA 1000901): Requires Illinois investigative agencies of an identified persons or human remains case to provide the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System with information that could be used for identification.

First Responder Mental Health Awareness Day (HB 4345/PA 100-0900): Designates the third Friday of each May of each year as “First Responder Mental Health Awareness Day,” to be observed throughout the State as a day tohonor firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who have lost their lives due to and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other mental health issues.

SOS Omnibus (HB 5056/PA 100-0956):

Advances various changes suggested by the Secretary of State to improve existing law and to clean up areas of the Illinois Vehicle Code: Provides that the owner of a junk vehicle is not required to surrender the vehicle’s certificate of title under certain circumstances. Allows SOS to alternate numeric and alpha characters on specialty plates to increase the issuance of certain plates without redesigning/issues plates. Permits funeral home plates to be personalized. States any first division vehicle that has a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or more and is used for commercial purpose shall be subject to inspection by IDOT.

Vehicle Safety Test (HB 4944/PA 100-0683): Provides that property carrying vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds be subject to a safety test at an official testing station at least every 12 months, rather than six months.

Back-Up Vehicular Lights (SB 2511/PA 1000707): Provides that a back-up lamp equipped on a motor vehicle must emit a white or amber light without glare.

Covered Farm Vehicle Designation (SB 3241/PA 100-0734): Allows second division vehicles in the 8,000 lbs. or less category that are specialty plated to receive the Covered Farm Vehicle (CVF) designation on the vehicles registration card. Vehicle owners requesting to receive the CFV designation must pay an additional $10 surcharge to receive the designation.

Public Transit Toll Exemption (HB 5856/PA 100-0739): Provides that any revenue vehicles owned or operated by a Mass Transit District created under a provision of the Local Mass Transit District Act and running regular scheduled service may use any toll highway without paying a toll. 

Rear-Facing Car Seat (HB 4377/PA 100-0672): Requires children under the age of two to be secured in a rear-facing child-restraint system. Children weighing more than 40 pounds or taller than 40 inches are exempted.

Rules Of The Road (HB 5143/PA 100-0770): Requires the Secretary of State to include information on the “Dutch Reach” method in their Rules of the Road publication. The “Dutch Reach” method involves checking the rear view mirror, checking the side-view mirror, then opening the door with the right hand. Also requires the Secretary of State to include questions concerning safe driving in the presence of bicycles in their question pool for the written portion of the driver’s license examination. 

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