Part 5: New Illinois Laws Effective January 1, 2014

2014 will ring in hundreds of new laws. Over the next five days we will recap 25 of them. Some you may have heard about, others you may be just learning about now. Follow the links to read the law in its entirety.  

Fifth and final post in the five part series:

Freedom From Drone Surveillance Act
SB 1587 (PA 98-569) – Creates the Freedom From Drone Surveillance Act. The bill specifies that law enforcement may not use drones to gather information, and may only use them in certain specific circumstances, such as when law enforcement has obtained a search warrant, to search for a missing person, or to counter a high risk of terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security determines that credible intelligence indicates that there is a risk.

Puppy Lemon Law
SB 1639 (PA 98-509) – Also known as the “Puppy Lemon Law,” SB 1639 provides certain remedies to a customer who purchased a dog or cat that possesses or has died from certain diseases, illnesses or conditions, if within 21 days of the date of sale, a licensed veterinarian states in writing that at the time of sale the animal was unfit for purchase due to illness or disease. The bill gives pet shops a procedure to contest the remedy. The bill requires pet shops to give every customer; prior to the time of sale; a copy of the store’s warranty, refund and return policy, and must give the customer an explanation of the remedy provided for customers who have purchased an animal with a congenital or hereditary disorder.

E-cigarettes Age Restrictions
SB 1756 (PA 98-350) – Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The bill requires sellers to verify that a buyer is over 18.

Social Networking at Work 
SB 2306 (PA 98-501) – Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to distinguish between protection of personal social networking sites and an employer’s right to monitor a professional social networking account: such as instances in which an insurer or investment advisor is required by state or federal law to comply with specific requirements related to its communications with the public in order to protect investors and consumers.

Rural Speed Limits
SB 2356 (PA 98-511) – Raises the speed limit on rural Illinois interstates to 70 miles per hour. The bill excludes certain urban and suburban counties from the higher speed limit. SB 2356 also reduces the number of miles over the legal limit a vehicle must be traveling in order to constitute a serious traffic offense.

New Illinois Laws - Part 1
New Illinois Laws - Part 2
New Illinois Laws - Part 3
New Illinois Laws - Part 4