With the ringing in of the New Year, 253 new laws have taken effect in Illinois that have wide raging impact.

Public Act 100-0850 creates the Frail Individual Family Visitation Protection Act and was spearheaded by a the daughter of an aging parent here in the 99th district who was being denied the right to see her loved one. This new law will create a potential pathway for family members to secure visits in cases where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing Mom or Dad by another close relative. It allows the court to order visitation to be permitted if it is in the aging parent's best interest.

Here are few other new laws families should know about:

Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. (PA100-0672)

Every Illinois school will be required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill a year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. (PA100-0996)

Nursing mothers upon request will be exempt from jury duty. (PA100-0696)

Stalking laws expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers.

The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. (PA100-1137)

All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. (PA100-829)

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