We've been hearing on local news about new laws which will take effect in Illinois and Missouri. But there are so many more laws going into effect than have been reported. The news tends to report on the funny ones or the odd ones, but this headline should give us pause. "Hundreds of new Illinois laws to take effect in 2018."
Hundreds! I can't even find the entire list there are so many. They don't call them lawmakers for nothing. Among the new laws:
Elephants will be banned from circuses
August 4 will officially be Barack Obama Day, but it won't be an official state holiday so schools will not close.
They legalized automatic voter registration. This is generally how automatic registration works. When someone from Illinois has a qualifying interaction with the DMV — for instance, renewing a license — the DMV’s computer system automatically checks to see whether that person is old enough to vote, is a U.S. citizen, has residency and is already registered. The DMV computers send their information about everyone who is eligible but unregistered to the Oregon Elections Division. The division then sends a postcard stating that the citizen:
- Will be registered to vote as unaffiliated if they take no action.
- Can register with a political party by returning the postcard and indicating their preference.
- Can decline to be registered by signing and mailing back the postcard.
Also, $75 million tax credit for people and companies donating to private school scholarships. The program allows a credit worth 75 percent of a donation, up to $1 million.
Illinois will allow state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions under a new law that also makes sure abortions remain legal. The law removes language in state law that could criminalize abortion if a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing the procedure is overturned.
Hair salons, barbershops and dry cleaners will be required to provide customers with a price list.
Public schools will be required to provide a designated place for students to breastfeed.
Corn will be designated as the state's official grain
Cycling will be the state's official exercise
The Department of Natural Resources will be allowed to designate an area in state parks for the spreading of cremated remains.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.