THESE ARE FOR ILLINOIS
Illinois inmates with self-inflicted injuries will have to pay their own medical bills. The law was inspired by a Menard County criminal who killed his father and then shot himself in the face with a rifle, leaving the county with the bill.
Meanwhile, identity thieves in eight states – Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin – will find it harder to defraud victims because new “security freeze” laws would ensure thieves cannot open new accounts under victims’ names. By Jan. 1, 26 states will have such a law, according to the consumer advocate group, Consumers Union.
In the new year it also will become tougher for local governments to seize land for economic development in Florida, Illinois and Iowa, as the three states’ new eminent domain laws take effect.
By Jan. 1, every house and apartment in Illinois must have a carbon monoxide detector, restaurant patrons will be permitted to bring home opened bottles of wine, and doctors will be able to begin preserving the organs of corpses for transplant purposes before the patient’s wishes are known or familial consent is determined
THIS LAW SHOULD BE EVERYWHERE
This year’s fierce immigration debate has led to a tough new law in Colorado, where employers will have to verify new workers’ identification in 2007 to ensure they aren’t illegal immigrants. Employers also must retain copies of the documents they’ve checked.