Few Laws to Take Effect January 1st

When a bill passes the General Assembly it is outlined in the statute that it is either set to become effective immediately upon signature by the Governor, or in most cases at some later date. New laws typically take effect either at the beginning of the next fiscal year, July 1, or the next new year, January 1, unless the new law is expected to require more time for regulators to prepare for its implementation.

2020 was an unprecedented year in the Illinois General Assembly which, as a result of the cancellation of the majority of session days, saw very little legislation debated or voted on. Therefore, on January 1, only a few laws are set to become effective in the State of Illinois. Usually there are 200-300 new laws approved each year, however this year there are only three:

HB 2708
Amends the Missing Persons Identification Act to require law enforcement to report relevant information and DNA data about missing person’s cases to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) System.

HB 2818
Renames the Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence Act as the “Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking Act.” Provides that a person who is a victim of, among other things, sexual assault or stalking may also apply for the address confidentiality program under the Act.

SB 667
Caps a patient’s 30-day supply of insulin to $100.

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In addition, as a result of a 2019 law, Illinois’ minimum wage is set to increase to $11 an hour, up from the current $10 an hour. The law gradually increases the state’s minimum wage every New Year until it reaches $15 per hour on January 1, 2025.

Had Illinois voters approved the Constitutional Amendment removing Illinois’ flat income tax structure on November’s general election ballot, SB 687 would have taken effect and established the Graduated Income Tax Rates.