With the new year starting in just a few days, a number of new laws will take effect in Illinois.
Among those new laws is one allowing public housing tenants to keep pets. It’s the result of Senate Bill 154. It provides that tenants of multifamily housing units that are acquired, built or renovated with money from the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund may keep up to two cats or one dog weighing less than 50 pounds.
It applies to residents of housing units that are designated as affordable housing for low- and very-low-income families. The bill passed both chambers in its final form on May 30 and Gov. JB Pritzker signed it into law Aug. 6.
Other new laws include an increase in vehicle taxes. SB58 raises the private vehicle tax, which is a sales tax paid on the purchase of vehicles, by $75 for each model year where the purchase price is less than $15,000 and by $100 for vehicles priced above that amount.
However, the registration fee for trailers weighing less than 3,000 pounds will drop to $36 instead of $118.
Starting Saturday, the Higher Education Fair Admissions Act will now prohibit public colleges and universities from requiring applicants to submit SAT, ACT or other standardized test scores as part of the admissions process, although prospective students may choose to submit them if they wish.
Pharmacies will now be required to post a notice informing consumers that they may request current pharmacy retail prices at the point of sale.
FOID card changes will go into effect this weekend, making several changes to the Firearm Owner Identification card law.
Among other things, it provides for a streamlined renewal process for FOID cards and Concealed Carry Licenses for people who voluntarily submit fingerprint records.
It also allows the Illinois State Police to issue a combined FOID card and Concealed Carry License to qualified applicants, and it establishes a new Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force to take enforcement action against people with revoked FOID cards.
Public health authorities will now be prohibited from regulating or shutting down lemonade stands or similar operations that are operated by children under the age of 16.
Known as “Hayli’s Law,” it was inspired by 12-year-old Hayli Martinez, whose lemonade stand in Kankakee was shut down by local officials.
And June 19, or “Juneteenth,” will now be recognized as an official state holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
In June, President Joe Biden also signed a bill designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday.