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State Bills Public Act 98-0812 — States that a coroner who has a conflict of interest must recuse him or herself from an active investigation and turn the investigation over to a deputy coroner. Senate Bill 506 sponsored April 7, 2014, by Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago). Passed the Senate 52-0 on April 8, 2014. Passed the House 115-0 on May 14. Signed into law Aug. 1 by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Public Act 98-0824 — Giving blood or volunteering at a blood bank does not qualify as court-ordered community service for juveniles. Senate Bill 2709 filed Jan. 28, 2014, by Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin). Passed the Senate 52-0 on March 4, 2014. Passed the House 105-0 on May 8, 2014. Signed into law Aug. 1 by Quinn.
Public Act 98-0829 — Allows a search warrant to be issued by e-mail. Senate Bill 2852 filed Feb. 4, 2014, by Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton). Passed the Senate 52-0 on March 4, 2014. Passed the House 99-0 on May 9. Signed into law Aug. 1.
Public Act 98-0833 — People convicted of financially exploiting the elderly or disabled may not inherit from the victim’s estate. Senate Bill 2955 filed Feb. 4, 2014, by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago). Passed the Senate 53-0 on April 3. Passed the House 101-0 on May 9. Signed Aug. 1.
Public Act 98-0834 — Nursing homes must submit closure plans to the Department of Public Health outlining the “safe and orderly transfer” of current residents caused by facility closure. Senate Bill 2968 filed Jan. 28, 2014, by Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield). Passed the Senate 44-0 on April 7. Passed the House 97-3 on May 9. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes. Signed Aug. 1.
Public Act 98-0844 — Diabetics can’t be charged with indecent exposure for injecting insulin in public. Senate Bill 3149 filed Feb. 11, 2014, by Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago). Passed the Senate 54-0 on April 1. Passed the House 103-0 on May 9. Signed into law Aug. 1 by Quinn.
Public Act 98-0848 — Creates a religious exemption for state-licensed professionals who otherwise would be required to carry ID cards with photo. Senate Bill 3302 filed Feb. 14, 2014, by Rep. Chapin Rose (R-Champaign). Passed the Senate 54-0 on April 1, 2014. Passed the House 101-1 on May 9, 2014. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes. Signed into law Aug. 1 by Quinn.
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