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ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL No. 1465 (Assault Weapon Sales)
- Makes it illegal to deliver or sell an assault weapon or any assault weapon attachments to any person under the age of 21.
- Also makes it illegal to sell or deliver large capacity ammunition magazines to any person under the age of 21.
- Makes it illegal for any person under the age of 21 years old to own a large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
- The only exemptions within this bill are for individuals training for shooting competitions.
ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL No. 4117 (Gun Trigger Mods & Pre-Packaged Explosives)
Proposes no individual will be able to buy or possess any pre-packaged explosives or components without having a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card issued by the D.O.S. Police.
Prohibits the sale, manufacturing, purchase, or possession of any trigger modification devices.
Creates penalties for these offenses, and defines exactly what “Pre-Packaged Explosives” and “Trigger Modification Devices” are.
- Also amends the 2012 Criminal Code when it comes to trigger mods and pre-packaged explosives.
AMMENDMENT TO ILLINOIS SENATE BILL No. 336 (Medical Marijuana)
- In order to better account for the state’s growing opioid crisis (opioid overdoses have killed nearly 11,000 Illinoisans since 2008), an amendment to SB 336 has been proposed that will expand legal prescription marijuana use.
The amendment will allow any patient prescribed with opioids to instead apply for a medical marijuana license.
Due to the urgency surrounding the opioid epidemic, applicants for medical marijuana use will be allowed to bypass the normal fingerprint and background check process for up to 1 year. Should applicants wish to reapply for a second year, they will have to undergo the general fingerprinting and background checks.
The amendment also mandates that applications must be decided upon within 14 days. To accomplish this, the Illinois Department of Public Health (which currently processes medical marijuana applications) says they will need to hire 30 to 40 new staff members – an increase from the current staff of 13.
ILLINOIS DEBT TRANSPARENCY ACT (HOUSE BILL No. 3649)
- In order to better account for the state’s growing debt crisis (Illinois currently has a $15B debt), all Illinois state agencies will be required to report spending liabilities to the state Comptroller.
- This reporting of liabilities (including interest and late payment penalties) will take place on a monthly basis.
- There will also be a more structured system for managing the state’s finances so that future debt crises can be prevented.
- Taxpayers will now be able to view how their tax money is being spent. This was not previously available in a direct format.
The TRUST ACT
Passed in the Illinois General Assembly and was signed into law in August 2017.
Prohibits law enforcement from detaining individuals solely on the basis of immigration rights.
Limits law enforcement’s cooperation with immigration agents.
Requires that government officials must have probable cause of criminal activity to make immigration arrests in state funded education, healthcare, emergency, judicial, or other governmental facilities.
Provides immigration detainees with access to bail.