Once again, a new year means new laws in Illinois. Therefore, on January 1, 2012, there are 214 new laws of which Illinois citizens may need to be aware. CLICK HERE to read ‘The Year in Review: Chicago’s Top 10 News Stories of 2011’ and CLICK HERE to read ‘CHICAGO TAXES AND FEES INCREASE IN 2012
Everyone traveling in a motor vehicle must use a seat belt in both the front and back seat of a vehicle – the exemptions are emergency vehicles and taxi cabs except when they are being used to transport kids to school.
No person may occupy a vehicle or the cargo area of a second division vehicle while it is being towed upon a public highway – the exclusion is pick-up trucks.
Landlords must disclose the existence of radon hazards to renters.
Parties are allowed to voluntarily and in writing agree to waive the fact finding conference conducted by the Department of Human Rights.
The amount of time granted to DHFS regarding its report to the General Assembly on the number of fraud cases identified and pursued under the medical assistance program is extended – the fines assessed and collected are affected also.
Official certificate specifications for child passenger safety courses have been changed.
Law enforcement agencies are allowed to donate unclaimed property to charity if it is unclaimed for at least 6 months.
Rental car companies may not be held liable for automated traffic law violations committed in their vehicles and local governments are authorized to hold the lessee accountable.
Unemployment lists are to be compiled for use for jury pool selection.
Authorities who can take oaths and affirmations are allowed to take oaths anywhere in the state rather than just their own jurisdictions.
Emergency vehicles may use oscillating lights when parked at the scene of a fire, rescue call, or car crash.
IDOT is required to notify CMS if vehicles must be replaced so that CMS may transfer them to another agency, and if the vehicle can’t be transferred, IDOT must make the vehicle available to local governments.
Courts are allowed to subpoena professionals in child custody hearings, and costs are split between the divorcing parents.
DPH is required to publish a yearly report on multi-drug resistant infections.
Electric or gas public utilities are prohibited from disconnecting service during winter months due to non-payment if a residential customer is a veteran and if the gas or electricity is the primary heating source.
The Secretary of State is allowed to defer military drivers’ license expirations for an additional 30 days and a total of 120.
All childcare providers who take infants are required to train on SIDS once every three years.
Summer school courses that are part of a remediation program for students deemed to be 2 or more grades below current placement are required to emphasize math and reading.
Schools are encouraged to promote 60 minutes of reading for K-3 students, but this does not require them to implement the 60 minutes.
No health insurance policy shall exclude coverage for routine patient care for individuals participating in a qualified clinical cancer trial if the policy covers the same care of insured persons now enrolled in qualified clinical cancer trials.
Markham TIF is extended.
The language necessary is provided for a selective enrollment magnet school in Aurora operated by the local school district with support from Aurora University to open.
Municipalities to dissolve police or firefighter pension funds are allowed if an independent auditor certifies that the fund has no liabilities, participants, or beneficiaries entitled to benefits.
Public library financial protection procedures are updated, including new deadlines for reports, clarification on TIF reimbursements to library districts, and insurance policies.
Wardens may move prisoners who are threatening the security of other prisoners to some other jail until the prisoners can be safely returned.
Homeowners’ associations, common interest community associations, and condominium owners’ associations’ energy policy statements are required to include whether or not wind energy collection, rain water collection, or composting systems are allowed as well as information regarding their location, design, and architectural requirements.
Skilled nursing facilities are required to designate Infection Prevention and Control Professionals.
Municipalities are to provide procedures for releasing properly impounded vehicles for a fee related to their administrative cost, and the fee shall be waived if the owner proves that the vehicle was stolen.
An electronic reporting system for death registrations shall be used to transfer information to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services at least once every three months in order to update the roster of Medicaid recipients.
The corporate authorities of a municipality may, by ordinance, regulate sound devices.
Several State Police Funds are allowed to collect interest accrued from federal funds awarded to ISP and IEMA, rather than interest going to GRF.
The sunset of the Registered Titles Torrens Act is accelerated to January 1, 2014.
A hospital’s safe patient handling policy contents are expanded.
People are prohibited from using duck blinds from shooting ducks on other people’s property without consent – this law is only applicable in the counties of Alexander, Union, Williamson, and Jackson.
DFPR is allowed to issue civil penalties to non-compliant credit unions, but gives them time to come into compliance before being required to pay the fees or fines.
Switch grass production permits are established.
IDES and IDOC are required to work together to find employment for discharged inmates.
Social Security numbers may not be printed on wristbands or the outside of any file associated with the products or services.
The Uniform Foreign Country Money Judgment Act is replaced with a new version that has been introduced in 15 states, and the changes include new burdens of proof and a statute of limitations.
Financial crimes of a value between $500,000 and $1,000,000, is a Class 1 felony that will not qualified for probation, and a financial crime of full value higher than $1,000,000, is a Class X felony.
Charter school campuses for dropouts must operate on separate contracts or payrolls, even when run by the same charter as another school.
A Class A misdemeanor is issued for knowingly discharging a laser into a cockpit of an aircraft in use.
The State Police must establish a Statewide First Degree Murderer Database for the purpose of identifying persons convicted of first degree murder or violent offenses against youth which may be cited as Andrea’s Law.
Sex offenders and sexual predators must register with the security director at any college they attend or are employed by, regardless of whether the school is in-state of out-of-state.
Video child pornography is worse than still photos.
People convicted of aggravated domestic battery are prohibited from holding FOID cards.
The definitions of child abduction are the existing definition within the crime of luring a minor, and include an enhanced penalty for a convicted sex offender who is subsequently convicted of child abductions.
Individuals on probation for hate crimes involving vandalism of religious buildings are required to take an educational program discouraging hate crimes – the courses may be online.
Aggravated intimidation is expanded to include intimidating a person calling the police about a violent crime.
Under-18 child sex offenders are prohibited from being present in and around schools and other locations without permission from superintendents and meeting other requirements – the law allows offenders to petition for a waiver to the prohibition under certain circumstances.
Musical acts that perform pyrotechnic displays must meet certain requirements.
Adults with disabilities who are under care of a guardian may receive therapy without the guardian’s consent.
DPH’s website must include the Hospital Report Card Act, provide links to the Consumer Guide to Health Care and Hospital Report Card Act, and include information and a description of both laws.
Fire training classes and programs may charge fees for use.
Courts must assess a $75 fee for certain offenses relating to bail, and if ISP is involved, $70 goes to the State.
All physicians’ orders and plans of treatment are to have an original written signature or an electronic signature as opposed to a stamp.
Patient claims and data submitted by hospitals must include various personal information about patients – but are not to include social security numbers.
Individual donors of medical supplies (but not medications) to veterinarians or veterinary schools are protected from civil damages if the supplies cause injury, unless they donated the faulty supplies with malicious intent or reckless disregard for safety.
Aquariums or museums must be open to Illinois residents as opposed to the public without charge for a period equivalent to 52 days.
IDOL’s ability to provide labor arbitration services is repealed.
K2 which is a synthetic cannabis is illegal.
The University Technology Entrepreneur Center Act, allows boards of trustees to create technology entrepreneur centers on campus at public universities and community colleges.
Insurance policies are required to provide coverage for certain cancer medication to ensure that limitations on applicable financial requirements for orally-administered medications are not more restrictive than limitations for intravenously administered or injected medications.
Labor agreements on public works projects are required.
Various changes are enacted to weight and size limitations on trucks.
Speed limits outside of Cook County and its collar counties are uniform for all size vehicles on 4-lane highways.
Each school board must adopt a policy regarding student athlete concussions and head injuries that complies with the protocols, policies, and by-laws of the Illinois High School Association.
Regulations of Commercial Drivers’ Licenses are in line with new federal standards that go into effect in January 2012.
It is easier for the children of military personnel to attend schools by removing barriers to transfers and cutting certain costs and fees.
The definition of False Impersonation is to include individuals who represent themselves as government employees – the actual people and not just the broad category – through appearance or words.
The SOS is required to complete a feasibility study for the implementation of corporate sponsored licensed plates.
The ICC is required to review and update its current consumer education materials for residential and small commercial electric customers with input from interested parties which includes electric utilities, the Attorney General, and the Citizens Utility Board.
The ICC is required to prepare an annual report regarding the development of competitive retail natural gas markets in Illinois instead of the gas market in general.
Disclosure of names and permits of school transportation drivers is required, and smoking in school transport vehicles is prohibited, and certain vehicles are allowed may be used to transport students so long as a permitted individual is driving – liability insurance for accidents is increased, too.
State law is made to be more politically correct by removing references to the words mental retardation and crippled.
The definition of forgery is expanded to include knowingly making a false statement.
Contractors are forbidden from promising to pay or rebate insurance deductibles when doing repairs or renovations necessitated by a natural disaster.
Sentencing for felons found in possession of weapons is mandatory.
Dogs and cats are to be scanned and examined for identification upon impoundment within 24 hours.
Landlords are to request pro rata rent due for the period where a judgment is stayed in addition to claim of owed rent when the person is suing for possession of a rental unit under Forcible Entry and Detainer.
School districts, community college districts, and private schools are required to make information obtained available to schools who request information.
State’s Attorneys may make grants to substance abuse programs if they have budget surpluses from court fee collection relating to drug cases.
Employees of abortion clinics are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
ISBE, the Illinois State Board of Education, has a state code clean-up bill.
One member of the Sex Offender Management Board must be appointed by the governor representing Probation Services on the recommendation of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association, and the board is reduced to 20 members from 24.
The National Guard Veterans Exposure to Hazardous Materials Task Force is released and the Purple Heart Day to is established to remember those who’ve been killed or wounded in battle.
Defendants with misdemeanor or first-time felony convictions for prostitution may petition a court for relief from judgment if the crime resulted from sex trafficking.
The Department of Revenue may enter into offset payment agreements with the State Comptroller and U.S. Treasurer.
The RTA may create a universal fare card for seniors excluding Pace ADA para-transit services.
Residents of veterans’ homes may qualify as incapacitated voters who receive in-person absentee voting privileges in their place of residence.
A person is prohibited from collecting workers’ compensation benefits if the injury or death occurred as a result of the individual committing a forcible felony, aggravated DUI, or reckless homicide.
The Treasurer is authorized to invest in short-term obligations of Limited Liability Companies if they have assets worth more than $500 million.
Diabetes self-management training shall include education programs to be defined by contract of insurance that allow the patient to maintain an A1c level within the range identified in nationally recognized standards of care.
The Diversity in Engineering Scholarship Program is created.
EIU is allowed to implement a pilot program of tuition waivers, funded by tuition, not state money, to attract out-of-state students.
Local governments shall provide preferred truck routes and SOS shall include distinctions in instructions for using truck-attributed GPS and non-truck GPS.
Courts must consider a variety of factors when considering transferring a student who is subject to a restraining order originating with another student who attends the same school.
Persons who resign or are convicted of a felony, bribery, perjury, or other infamous crimes are not allowed to hold office as a township officer or board member.
Requirements for IDVA to have a commission addressing Persian Gulf War veterans’ issues are withdrawn, and a Division of Women Veterans Affair is created.
Parents or spouses of veterans killed in action can be admitted to veterans’ homes if there are vacant beds.
The Advisory Council on Bilingual Education shall issue a report on bilingual education.
Fees for more military license plates are eliminated and reduced.
Retailers are required to improve the transparency of their rebate offers.
The Cass County Board may create a flood protection district in Beardstown.
A person who hires or directs someone to stalk someone on his or her behalf is equally guilty of the stalking charge.
Attacking a sheriff’s employee, licensed detective, or licensed detective’s employee who is delivering court documents is upgraded to aggravated assault or battery and is accompanied by higher penalties.
Incentives for the recycling of asphalt roofing shingles are established.
A variety of changes to currency exchange regulations become law.
An exception under the Open Meetings Act allows a public body to conduct a closed meeting for discussing internal financial control weaknesses or potential fraud with auditors, finance committees, and their equivalents.
Service credit and earnings are to be factors when determining an employer’s cost for an individual’s pension, as opposed to the current situation which only factors in service credit.
HIV testing requirement for inmates are clarified, and DOC, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Cook County Jail may conduct opt-out testing.
Changes are made to the composition of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board.
JCAR may remove and schedule controlled substances on Schedule I through V, also electronic prescriptions and 90-day prescriptions for Schedule II substances are allowed.
Vending machine operators must only inform IDOR if they increase the number of machines they operate, rather than issuing annual reports.
Schools may suspend or expel students for gross misconduct over the internet and cell phones.
Public employee insurance programs are to cover the costs of victims of abuse.
The classification of delivery of a stolen firearm is changed to clarify criminal code.
Creditors may place liens on personal property under certain circumstances.
Hold Harmless education funding is eliminated.
Press boxes that do not have to comply with the accessibility code are clarified.
The Workforce Development Board is to post more information on the DCEO’s website.
Regional Superintendents are encouraged to share in joint education or operational programs, and they are required to submit more information to ISBE.
A court is required to make a finding that secure confinement is necessary prior to committing a juvenile to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Vendors must have a limited-lines license to sell insurance for portable electronics.
Schools that have been on the academic watch list for 2 years may opt in to a year-long school pilot program, provided that they meet certain other conditions.
Religious exemptions to photo identification are permitted and provide the SOS to issue non-photo ID cards under these circumstances.
Local governments and state agencies, currently just the state, may seek recovery for the costs of repairs or damage to roadway property.
All rail carriers are to be equipped with a first aid kit when transporting railroad employees in the course of their employment.
Drycleaners who have received funding from the Environmental Response Trust Fund must maintain insurance until 2020 or until the facility is inactive.
Local governments can’t contract out their jail services.
DHS must assist in the creation of Regional Integrated Behavioral Health Networks which will improve access to mental health and substance abuse services.
DPH must publish the DNR Advance Directive form in Spanish and must meet national standards for a life-sustaining treatment form.
DNA samples from murderers and rapists after they are indicted are required, and a judicial finding of probable cause or they waive a hearing.
Using a radio device capable of obtaining identity information is identity fraud.
The sale of non-potentially hazardous food items prepared in home kitchens at farmers’ markets is allowed.
Racial classifications in Illinois statutes are replaced with those used by the federal government for census purposes.
A notary public may accept ID documents from a consulate as satisfactory evidence that a signature is valid.
In order to limit the use of social security numbers for licensing purposes, the bill requires new licensees to include social security numbers when applying for a professional license, but requires the respective agency to then assign a customer ID number to be used for subsequent renewals.
Circuit court clerks must mail confiscated FOID cards to ISP prior to convicted persons’ release dates.
An additional fine of $2,500 as well as incarceration is to be given to people who have driven without insurance more than twice and caused accidents resulting in injuries.
Protocols for eliminating underperforming special license plates are developed.
The definition of disability is expanded to include any mental, psychological, or developmental disability, including autism spectrum disorders.
Vehicles older than 25 years and replica vehicles to be registered as expanded-use antique vehicles are permitted.
Violation of federal payday loan protections for military members is a violation of Illinois Payday Loan Law.
Several labor laws that are already minimally used and enforced due to irrelevance are enforced.
Townships are given more authority over leaf and brush disposal.
The composition of the Commission to End Hunger is changed.
Affiliate as it relates to Payday Loans is defined as an individual that controls, meaning an ownership interest of 25% or more, is controlled by or shares control with another person.
The limit on finance charges applicable to the extra days when the first installment period of a payday loan is larger than the remaining installment periods is set.
Health care facilities are required to provide copies of their written staffing plans for nursing care upon request.
HFS may pay for 90-day prescriptions to brand name maintenance medication, provided that it is cost-effective, also, HFS is already authorized to pay for 90-day prescriptions for generic medications.
Private detectives are required to register with the sheriff before serving court documents.
Sheriffs may transfer license plates between vehicles without paying fees.
Various additional crimes to the definition of violent offense against youth are added.
The Racial and Ethnic Impact task force is developed to find a standardized, unbiased way of collecting racial and ethnic data on arrestees.
The Criminal Justice Department is responsible for providing training to local government entities who request training in order to procure federal grant for gang prevention programs.
If a prospective juror is found to be unqualified or is excused due to a total and permanent disability, the county board, the jury administrator, or the jury commissioners shall permanent exclude the person from all jury lists.
Members of the Prisoner Review Board are allowed to accept compensation for teaching if the teaching is within the members’ fields or expertise.
Investigative authority of DHS with regard to community integrated living arrangements is expanded, and it establishes rules to govern reviews of such arrangements – additionally, it requires annual registry checks.
Dwelling units and hotels must have at least one smoke detector within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping, and hotels are responsible for installation and maintenance of them.
IDFPR must disclose the status of a pending complaint to the party who filed the complaint upon request.
Certain fees are assessed on criminals on probation to the probation and court services fund rather than working cash fund.
If a pharmacist substitutes a generic prescription for a brand name anti-epileptic drug, the pharmacist must provide written notice to the patient no later than the time the prescription is dispensed.
When law enforcement reopens a closed case, it must provide notice unless doing so would endanger the case.
Some school programs are repealed and some largely technical changes are necessary.
Chiropractors may prescribe oxygen.
The process for collecting the 9-1-1 surcharge to prepaid wireless phones is better organized via streamlining.
An employer may require a school bus driver to submit to drug and alcohol testing if there is reasonable suspicion of DU, and the driver’s permit may be suspended for three years in the event of a positive test or refusal to take test.
Penalties for aggravated battery are increased to a Class 1 felony from Class 3 offense for cases where the crime intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement, and involved the infliction of torture.
A registered sex offender who harasses the victim is guilty of aggravated stalking.
The landlord is responsible for changing locks of a rental unit that has been vacated prior to a new tenant moving in and may be held liable for any theft or damages that occur as a result of failure to change the lock – this is only applicable to Cook County.
The changes suggested by the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force make adequate facility information public and creates oversight of improvement plans and spending.
The AG may investigate listed sex crimes and allows the AG and State’s Attorneys to issue limited purpose subpoenas without having to empanel a grand jury of file charges, but must provide notice and do so under the supervision of the Chief Judge of the relevant Circuit Court.
Penalties for financial exploitation of an elderly person or person with a disability are enhanced.
Companies and state agencies that have experienced data breaches are required to provide information on dealing with identity fraud.
Health provider organizations are required to comply with same annual reporting requirements as insurers, and they have new reporting requirements on insurers and increased fees.
Sub-contractors must file a notice including amount due and amount paid with the political subdivision and contractor before proceeding with a claim of labor or material.
Agency adoption forms may only be used by legal parents.
TV and video monitors are allowed in the front passenger seat of a car as long as the driver cannot see them, and the screen must be permanently attached to the vehicle.
The Task Force on Inventorying Employment Restrictions must issue reports on employment records based on criminal records by November 1, 2011 and the impact of these restrictions by February 1, 2012 and issue their findings and recommendations to the Governor and the GA by September 1, 2012.
Good government training programs and procedures are created for newly elected officials, allow school board members to satisfy requirement by participating in training sponsored by school board association.
Trust companies are financial institutions and they are allowed to keep their own records rather than deliver them to the Recorder of Deeds.
Stricter coal filtering standards when using coal waste as structural fill is established.
Currency exchanges are prohibited from providing certain services, and have been given other regulatory changes including fee increases.
The fine for employers who violate sections of the equal pay act to $5,000 is doubled.
Courts are required to report to the Department of Juvenile Justice regarding their efforts to secure post-release placement, and the law also allows the department to secure federal matching funds.
Members of public hospital boards are exempt from certain conflict interest rules in certain counties of a certain population.
The authorities and procedures of the Prisoner Review Board are altered to allow longer periods between hearings in certain cases.
The Prisoner Review Board may not release certain information to an inmate relating to a victim’s objection to granting parole without a waiver from an objecting party.
School districts are required to pay support personnel for service days, but districts may dock these personnel who refuse to attend, and they must establishes exemptions for irrelevant training.
Provisions that deal with rules and regulations surrounding mobile dental vans are established.
Parole or mandatory supervised release be must be written as part of a sentencing order and the written statement must include that a parolee is in compliance with the terms of his or her parole or mandatory supervised release and has completed his or her high school degree then the Prisoner Review Board may reduce the period of the parolee’s parole or MSR by 90 days.
Fees and debts of the previous owner a master association must pay when purchasing a condo structure is clarified.
The offense of unlawful use of recorded sounds or images with respect to sound recordings applies only to sound recordings that were initially recorded before February 15, 1972.
An amendment to the Public Community Colleges Act to reapportion the trustee districts for Lincoln Land Community College is suggested.
The SOS is allowed to suspend or revoke the license of a vehicle for 90 days if a court finds the vehicle was used in gunrunning.
Changes are made in the provision concerning qualifications for examinations for Land Surveyor-in-Training.
The State is required to seek a preliminary determination from the court as to whether there is probably cause to believe that a property may be subject to forfeiture within 14 days from the seizure of the property, and also raises the threshold for non-real property to $150,000 to be subject to forfeiture.
Law enforcement agencies may collect pharmaceuticals from residencies and send the pharmaceuticals away for incineration, subject to EPA authorization of the facility.
City halls and/or police departments may maintain receptacles for collecting unwanted or expired drugs.
Students who have been suspended or expelled are prohibited from entering or remaining in a school safe zone during the expulsion or suspension.
Data pertaining to cases involving the HIV/AIDS registry is clarified regarding all CD test results.
The homicide investigator application waiver for officer training has been established.
The State Fire Marshal is required to adopt rules that prohibit the use of a rebuilt flame safeguard control in forced air heating equipment.
The Illinois Residential Real Property Transfer on Death Instrument Act is to create a way to transfer real estate upon owner’s death without need for a probate is developed.
The time an insurance company can request recoupment or offsets withheld from future payments to a provider is limited to 18 months.
There is a technical change to Care of Students with Diabetes Act.
Under condition of mandatory supervised release, persons convicted of violating meth laws may be barred from purchasing products containing pseudoephedrine or ammonium nitrate unless they are prescribed by a doctor.
In the case of a property maintenance code violation by a repeat offender, a notice to appear may be used as the proper service of process against the owner of the property.
Inmates are to pay $5 rather than $2 for non-emergency medical visits.
Possession of a caustic and noxious substance including sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid, other than for academic purposes, is a crime.
Therapists are allowed to disclose a patient’s records for use in determining the patient’s fitness to stand trial if the records were made within 180 days preceding the therapist’s appointment to the court.
Stable keepers are allowed to place liens on tack, equipment, and other personal items stored at their stables.
Contractors who must pay a prevailing wage must keep their pay records for three years, produce them within 3 days upon request, and answer requests from law enforcement.
A victim or family member must – in the event of a death – be notified when a defendant is being sentenced for violating any statute relating to the use of vehicles when the violation resulted by great bodily harm.
A public hearing involving two disadvantaged municipalities to enter into an intergovernmental agreement may abate property taxes levied by the municipalities and local school districts for property located within a business corridor.
Violating the Service Member’s Employment Tenure Act is a civil rights violation, and the AG must maintain a list of employers who have violated the Act.
A water system owned by a public utility that serves 2 or more municipalities may be acquired by a majority of the municipalities by an eminent domain.
Universities are required to track first-generation students.
The Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative is to help female- and minority-owned businesses participate in the procurement process.
Two or more municipalities that want to designate a joint redevelopment area may do so if at least one of the municipalities has the authority to designate a redevelopment area.
Insurance coverage is required up to $500 for tobacco use cessation programs.
Pre-need funeral and burial contracts must be registered on an online database maintained by the Comptroller and there are requirements for pre-need sellers to renew licenses or pay fees every five years, and the law enhances penalty provisions.
Rental car companies may charge an airport concession charge to all of those who rent a motor vehicle.
Employers may not discriminate against pregnant women due to their pregnancy.
Theft provisions in the criminal code are cleared up.
There is a TIF extension for the City of Lawrenceville.
The definition of conservation area for the purpose of municipal annexation is expanded.
There are changes to the Common Interest Community Association Act to provide protections similar to those enjoyed by condominium owners.
Life insurance benefits are required to be marital property to be allocated equally between the parties.
The method of calculating validated service for CPS retirement is altered by requiring CPS to make more frequent contributions, but allowing it a longer period of time to make contributions without incurring interest penalties.
The State is allowed to appoint temporary guardians upon the death, incapacity, or resignation of a current guardian.
Hunters are permitted to harvest roadkill.
Mammographers are required to participate in quality improvement programs to receive higher Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Motorcyclists and bicyclists may go through a red light after a reasonable time if the light isn’t changing because the sensor only works for cars, and this only applies outside of Cook County.
Remote dialing of E911 is permitted on behalf of a person who has been designated as a critical missing person but is unable to call E911 or unaware they should do so.
Funding for the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System is changed from GRF to the Fire Prevention Fund.
Fire departments may ban open burning within a district on an emergency basis.
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