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Legislation enacts changes regarding sexually violent persons P.A. 92-415 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 In August, Gov. Ryan approved House Bill 2088, which makes a number of changes to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act (Act) and related laws.
New DUI, Traffic Laws Stiffen Penalties By Larry A. Davis December 2001 Article, Page 651 Three new acts increase the penalty for driving while revoked and DUI offenses.
No more dumpster babies? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2001 Lawpulse, Page 620 A new law is designed to encourage desperate mothers to leave their newborns in safe places, not dumpsters and doorsteps.
Students with asthma now allowed to self-administer medication at school P.A. 92-402 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 Recent legislation gives students with asthma the ability to prevent or control asthma attacks at school.
Law clarifies division of stock options in dissolution of marriage cases P.A. 92-306 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In August, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 433, which amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to clarify the current uncertainty about division and evaluation of stock options in dissolution of marriage cases.
Law provides guidelines to establish drug courts; P.A. 92-058 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In some Illinois jurisdictions, nonviolent drug offenders have the option of participating in "drug court" rather than going to jail.
Legislation authorizes sale of a decedent’s real estate on the Internet; P.A. 92-097 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In July, Gov. George H. Ryan signed legislation amending the Probate Act of 1975.
Legislation increases fines for violations of Child Passenger Protection Act; P.A. 92-173 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In addition to signing Senate Bill 98 requiring drivers to ensure that seat belts are used for children under 16, Gov. Ryan signed Senate Bill 403.
Legislation requires drivers to ensure that passengers younger than 16 use seat belts or restraint systems; P.A. 92-171 November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 In late July, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 98, which amends the Child Passenger Protection Act. The new legislation requires drivers to ensure all passengers four years of age or older, but under 16, are secured by either seat belts or restraint systems in a vehicle.
Copy caps By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2001 Lawpulse, Page 510 A new statute limits copy charges for patient records.
Follow-up to preservation of evidence legislation P.A. 92-459 October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 When Gov. Ryan signed P.A. 91-871 (governing evidence retention) in June of 2000, he expressed concerns with a number of provisions in the law including overbroad application to all physical evidence, arbitrary time limits for retention of evidence and unclear guidelines for the court in granting requests for early disposition of evidence.
Governor links motorcyclist, gay anti-discrimination measures By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2001 Lawpulse, Page 510 Governor Ryan refuses to approve the Motorcyclist Public Accommodation Act unless the legislature passes a similar measure banning discrimination against gay men and women.
“Kelley’s Law” strengthens penalties for selling club drugs P.A. 92-256 October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation in August that will place ecstasy and other "club drugs" on par with controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin, morphine, methamphetamines, and LSD.
Legislation amends Joint Tenancy Act P.A. 92-136 October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 Gov. Ryan recently approved legislation amending the requirements for creating a tenancy by the entirety.
Legislation narrows application of intoxication defense P.A. 92-466 October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 New legislation makes it more difficult for defendants to invoke the intoxication defense.
New state tax deduction for contributions to college savings plan P.A. 92-439 October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 Legislation signed by Gov. Ryan in August authorizes a deduction equal to a taxpayer's contribution to a Bright Start College Savings Program account.
Courts may notify schools and day-cares of orders of protection for children; P.A. 92-090 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 In July, Gov. Ryan signed legislation authorizing courts to notify schools (including public and private schools and colleges and universities) and day-care facilities if a child is the subject of an order of protection.
Expanded hearsay exception for victims of elder abuse ; P.A. 92-091 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 Gov. Ryan recently signed legislation expanding the hearsay exception for incapacitated seniors.
Legislation rewrites telecommunications laws; P.A. 92-022 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 In late June, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2900, which re-writes the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act.
Crackdown on abuse of handicapped-parking placards; H.B. 846 August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 The General Assembly approved a measure to decrease abuse of handicapped-parking placards. The measure would narrow the definition of "person with disabilities."
General Assembly approves changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 Before adjourning, the General Assembly sent a number of bills to Gov. Ryan to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Illinois General Assembly 2001 Spring-Session Wrap-Up By Jim Covington August 2001 Column, Page 402 A summary of selected bills affecting lawyers in Illinois.
Increased penalties for driving on a revoked or suspended license; H.B. 2266 August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 The General Assembly has also approved a measure that would increase penalties for persons convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license.
Parents to be notified if minor receives traffic ticket ; S.B. 627 August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 Senate Bill 627 would create a traffic ticket parent notification pilot program in DuPage, Kendall and Sangamon Counties beginning on January 1, 2002, and ending on December 31, 2003.
Required ignition interlock devices for repeat DUI offenders; S.B. 823 August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 Senate Bill 823 would increase penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders, including mandating the use of ignition interlock devices on vehicles owned by individuals convicted of a second or subsequent DUI violation.
Secretary of state may deny driver’s license to minors charged in connection with serious auto accidents; H.B. 2161 August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 Under House Bill 2161, a person under the age of 18 charged with a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code or Criminal Code of 1961 arising out of a serious auto accident may be denied a driver's license.
Bill would revoke driving privileges after prison term for reckless homicide; S.B. 602 July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 The General Assembly has approved legislation that would temporarily revoke the driver's licenses of individuals who are convicted of reckless homicide.
Convicted felons would have to give up weapons and FOID cards under proposed legislation; S.B. 1065 July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 The General Assembly approved a new gun control measure that would require convicted felons to surrender their guns and Firearm Ownership Identification Cards before going to prison.
General Assembly approves expanded application of the death penalty; H.B. 1812 July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 The General Assembly recently approved a measure that will make perpetrators of gang-related murders eligible for the death penalty.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2001 Column, Page 338 Golfers in the (legal) news; capital punishment and the mentally retarded; and more.