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[June 30, 2008]
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich is reminding Illinoisans of a number of new laws that
take effect July 1. In a continued effort to provide health
insurance coverage for all children in the state of Illinois,
House Bill 1628 is an amendment in the coverage provided by the
All Kids program. The bill eliminates the co-pay or co-insurance
portion of coverage.
"I am proud to have signed a number of laws that will take effect
July 1 and will protect and serve the hardworking people of
Illinois," Blagojevich said. "Whether it's bolstering the All Kids
program or protecting drivers from unlicensed towing companies,
these laws will all serve useful purposes."
Senate Bill 435 also goes into effect July 1. The "truth in
towing" law protects Illinois motorists from excessive fees and
other abuses from unlawful towing companies.
Senate Bill 649 changes the labeling requirements for motor fuel
dispensing devices that contain at least 2 percent MTBE, and
mandates that biodiesel and biodiesel blends be identified by the
capital letter "B" followed by the numerical value of the volume
percentage of fuel.
In a move to protect our children, the governor signed
House Bill 1647, which will amend the State Mandates Act to
require implementation without reimbursement. This law also amends
the Illinois School Code to provide that any information of a
personal nature disclosed to school professionals by pupils over the
age of 12 who are receiving school counseling, psychologist or
social service care is confidential and will not be recorded on the
pupil's record without the written consent of the pupil giving the
Senate Bill 486 is a new civil law. This law provides that the
distribution of residual funds after the settlement and payment of
claims in class-action lawsuits shall be distributed to nonprofit
charitable organizations that serve the purpose of promoting or
providing access to justice for low-income residents.
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In an effort to protect our families and communities, the governor
House Bill 822, which amends the definition of a "potentially
dangerous dog" in the Animal Control Act and the Animal Welfare Act.
The new definition provides that a "potentially dangerous dog" is
one found unsupervised and running with three or more dogs. This
also provides that the animal shall be sterilized and microchipped
within 14 days of a licensed veterinarian declaring the animal is
healthy enough to undergo the sterilization. The "potentially
dangerous animal" designation shall expire after 12 months.
Senate Bill 531 also becomes law July 1. This will amend the
Trusts and Trustees Act, concerning the powers of an estate trustee,
permitting the trustee to terminate the trust if the market value is
less than $100,000 and the cost of continuing the trust will
substantially impair its purpose.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]