As citizens throughout Illinois toast the New Year, 253 new laws will take effect. From public-safety laws to fighting human trafficking and celebrating our state’s rich history, these new laws cover a wide range of topics.
Public-safety measures take effect
Several public-safety measures will take effect as the New Year begins. Senate Bill 3256 creates a 72-hour waiting period on all firearm purchases, not just on handguns.
Family members and law enforcement officials who suspect that someone poses a significant danger of causing harm to themselves or others will be given a new tool to respond under House Bill 2354, which creates a process to petition the court for a firearms restraining order.
Fighting back against human trafficking
A number of new laws for the 2019 take aim at human trafficking. House Bill 4340 expands the list of locations at which information about hotline numbers to call for help or to report unlawful activity must be posted for the public and victims of human trafficking.
Human trafficking survivors will be allowed to bring a civil suit against traffickers under Senate Bill 3108, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Recognizing the trauma inflicted on trafficking victims, and the barriers that trauma may create to seeking justice, the law also allows others, like family members and victims’ advocates, to bring an action on behalf of a victim.
House Bill 2063 changes the Crime Victims Compensation Act to make it easier for victims of human trafficking to meet requirements for compensation. Among the changes is a provision that allows for a longer time frame for reporting.
Get your kicks on the Route 66 Centennial Commission
Route 66, one of the original highways within the National Highway System, will mark its centennial in 2026. House Bill 66 creates the 20-member Route 66 Centennial Commission to plan and coordinate commemorative events throughout Illinois to celebrate 100 years on Route 66, and to highlight the history of how local communities grew and changed thanks to the construction of this historic highway.
The full list
There’s a lot more to know as we kick off 2019! A list of all 253 new laws is available by clicking here.