Top 10 New Illinois Laws for 2017

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation in August that eliminates sales tax on feminine hygeine products. The measure elimates a 6.25 percent tax on tampons and menstrual pads.
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At the start of the new year, employers are required to extend sick leave policies to the immediate family of employees. Workers will be allowed to use half of their allotted sick days to care for family members.
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Senate Bill 3129 gives police officers first preference to adopt their police dogs to ensure retiring police dogs can remain part of the officer’s family, according to the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.
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House Bill 5576 creates a seamless process to all women to access birth control without additional costs by requiring Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage for almost all FDA-approved contraceptive options, the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus writes.
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Starting next year, bikers will have the same rights as drivers, including right-of-way rights.
In July, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation making marijuana possession in small amounts punishable by fines but not jail times. Under the new law, possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana will be a civil offense, punishable with a fine of up to $200.
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House Bill 4264 trains cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians and hair braiders to look for signs of domestic violence by requiring them to take a one-hour continuing education class about domestic violence and sexual assault.
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Senate Bill 3163 bans any company from asking a worker paid less than $13.50 an hour to sign a non-compete agreement.
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The sale of bath salts, a group of synthetic designer drugs, will now be considered a Class 3 felony with a maximum fine of $150. In a separate bill, law enforcement officials must accept cash to post bail. Additionally, The state took a series of steps to reform the juvenile criminal justice system this year.
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Yoga training will no longer be regulated by the state in 2017. See the full list of new Illinois laws that go into effect in January here.
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