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2012 Laws In Review: The Everything Else Edition

The ICS does its best to keep our doctors informed of the latest legislation impacting their offices. As the 2012 year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the other bills that were passed this year.

Bisphenol A Ban
Bisphenol A (used in some plastics or metal containers) is prohibited in new children’s food or drink containers sold in Illinois.

Drug-Overdose Immunity From Prosecution
A person possessing small amounts of illegal drugs will have limited immunity from prosecution if the charge resulted from seeking emergency care for an overdose victim.

Smokers and Cancer Hospitals
This bill would have allowed Cancer Treatment Centers of America to deny employment to tobacco users. Although the law passed the House and Senate, it was ultimately vetoed by the Governor.

Copper Recycling
To help reduce copper theft, dealers in recyclable metals must now obtain and keep records on the identities of those selling copper.

Internet Dating Safety
Internet dating services must now disclose to all Illinois members if background checks are performed, and whether or not sites allow access to those with criminal convictions.

Job Applicant Privacy
Employers may not ask or require employees or job applicants to disclose social networking passwords or other account information.

“Smart Grid” Law
Approved a 10-year electric infrastructure improvement program, allowing ComEd and Ameren to modernize their electric delivery systems with a commitment to increase jobs by 2,450 during the peak year of the program.

Underage Drinking – Parental Responsibility
It is now a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum $500 fine to knowingly allow any “invitee” under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. If the violation results in great bodily harm or death, the crime will be a Class 4 felony.

Adoption
The normal minimum number of months that child must have been in foster care to be adopted by the foster parents can be waived by a judge if it is in the child’s best interests.

Abuse of a Corpse
Engaging in sexual conduct with a corpse will now be a Class 2 felony… because it was not technically illegal before. And we had to create a law for this. Let that sink in.

“Caylee’s Law”
It is now a Class 4 felony for a parent to not report to law enforcement that a child under 13 is dead or missing.

Legislative Scholarships
August 31st, 2012 was the last date a legislator could nominate a student for a General Assembly Scholarship.

Student Loan Garnishment
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission may garnish wages of any employee to recover student loan debt it owns or services.

Shark Conservation
No one may have or offer to sell shark fin or tail after January 1st, 2013.

Cell Phones and Driving
Cell phone use in all roadway work zones is now prohibited. Previously, the use of cell phones was only prohibited in work zones with speed limit reductions. Also, commercial motor vehicle operators will be prohibited from using a hand-held mobile phone or engaging in texting while driving.

Driver’s Licenses
The Secretary of State may now place information about driving restrictions (such as medical conditions) on driver’s licenses.

Strip Club Tax
Starting 2014, a $3 per patron fee will be charged and proceeds will go for grants to organizations that try to prevent sexual assault and provide services to victims.

Disability Parking
Medical personnel can be prosecuted for knowingly making false certifications of disabilities.

Shotgun Hunting Asian Carp
I’m sad to report that House Bill 5317, which allowed you to hunt Asian carp with a shotgun… from your boat, failed to pass in 2012. But there’s always next year.

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  1. December 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Alwasy glad to be kept on top of the news from Springfield…thing about not being allowed to use my shotgun for Asian carp hunting is that now they have one more way to migrate up into the Great Lakes…who thought of that idea anyway?

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