New Illinois Laws 2016: CHILDREN and FAMILIES
More than 200 new Illinois laws scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. Here are the new laws governing Children and Families:
- Adoption Registry-Grandparents (HB 3967/PA 99-0345): Amends the Adoption Act to give birth grandparents access to the Adoption Registry and a confidential intermediary.
- Breastfeeding Airport Accommodations (SB 344/PA 99-0228): Requires airports that have more than 1,000,000 enplanements a year to provide a location, by Jan. 1, 2017, at each terminal behind the security screening area for women to express breast milk in private. The location must include a chair and an electrical outlet and be outside the confines of a public restroom. Requires smaller airports that have fewer than 1,000,000 enplanements a year to comply with this requirement upon new terminal construction, expansion or renovation. Upon construction of a new terminal, expansion or renovation, the airport must provide a sink in any room designated for nursing mothers.
- Child Welfare Agencies (SB 13/PA 99-0346): Changes the duties and membership of the current Children and Family Services Advisory Council to improve monitoring standards for DCFS-licensed childcare facilities and review calls and reports of abuse/neglect investigations.