Olney....State Representative David Reis (R - Willow Hill) issued information on several new laws for 2017 this week. Reis is a member of the Downstate Sportsman’s Caucus and outlined the measures that will go into effect on  January 1, that will have an impact on hunting, fishing and trap shooting in Illinois.

“It is important to educate the public to a slew of new laws that effect sportsmen and sportswomen in Southern Illinois,” Reis said. “With almost 191 new laws taking effect on January 1, tackling the list by subject makes sense, and the hunters, fisherman, and trap shooters of Illinois should know how the new laws will affect them.”

Permitting bowfishing for catfish Public Act 99-867, House Bill 5788
Bowfishing is the practice of taking a fish with a spear or a bow and arrow. Existing Illinois law limited the kinds of fish that can be taken through bowfishing. HB 5788 added catfish to the Fish Code list of fish that can be taken with sharp weaponry.

No catch limits on private fish ponds - Public Act 99-532, House Bill 5796
Illinois law limits the number of fish a person with a fishing license can legally catch in a 24 hour period. House Bill 5796 creates an exception for people fishing on fish ponds located on their own private property.

Youth Trapping Licenses - Public Act 99-868, Senate Bill 2410
Persons under the age of 18 may apply for a Youth Trapping License, which will grant to them limited trapping privileges. In order to trap or carry a hunting device, the youth must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian over 21 who has a valid Illinois hunting license.

Agriculture Education Teacher Grant Program Public Act 99-826, Senate Bill 2975
A school district may apply for a grant to fund 50% of the personal services cost for an agriculture education teacher, or if the school is creating a new agriculture education program, 100% of the cost in the first two years and 80% in the third and fourth years. This new act is subject to appropriation.

Landowner hunting permit procedures  - Public Act 99-869, Senate Bill 3003
Amending the Wildlife Code, SB 3003 allows owners and resident tenants who control 40 or more acres of land in Illinois to apply for and receive without fee deer permits, turkey permits or a combination deer/turkey permit. The law also applies to members of hunting clubs, partnerships or cooperatives if the group owns the land in question.

191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy - Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer.

Employee Sick Leave Act - Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.

Traffic stop education - Public Act 99-720, House Bill 6131
Students taking drivers education courses will now be educated on safe procedures to follow during a traffic stop by law enforcement. The lesson will include such tips as remaining calm and keeping one’s hands in view at all times and will also educate drivers on their rights when in the presence of law enforcement.

‘Taps’ at military funerals - Public Act 99-804, House Bill 4432
A student in sixth through twelfth grades at an Illinois public school is allowed to be absent from school if that student is sounding ‘Taps’ at a military funeral for a deceased veteran in Illinois. The legislation was suggested by a high school senior who estimated he had been called upon to render the honor at two dozen military funerals.

Vehicle registration date same as birthday - Public Act 99-644, House Bill 5651
The Secretary of State may allow an owner of a car or light truck to select his or her birthday as the motor vehicle’s registration expiration date.

Citizen Privacy Protection Act - Public Act 99-622, Senate Bill 2343
The new law limits the use of “Stingray” technology which collects information on all cell phones in its vicinity. Police using Stingray technology are now required to delete the information on all non-investigation-targets within 24 hours. Police are also forbidden from accessing such data for use in an investigation not authorized by a judge through a warrant or other process.

Molly’s Law - Public Acts 99-586 and 99-587, House Bills 4715 and 6083
Lengthens the statute of limitations to sue for wrongful death and to add stiffer financial penalties to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act for non-compliance. Molly’s Law is named for Molly Young, a Carbondale woman who was found dead of a gunshot wound. When Molly’s family sued for wrongful death, the statute of limitations ran out on them due to the length of time it took for crime scene and other case-related evidence to be released following years of FOIA requests and denials and delays.

Criminal Diversion Racial Impact Data Act Public Act 99-666, House Bill 1437
The Criminal Diversion Racial Impact Data Act requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to report the number of persons arrested and released without charging and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons. The authority will report on the number of people for whom formal charges were dismissed, and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons, as well as the number of persons admitted to a diversion from prosecution program and the racial and ethnic composition of those persons.

Explaining consequences of guilty pleas - Public Act 99-871, House Bill 2569
Courts will no longer be allowed to accept guilty pleas from defendants until the court has fully explained to the defendant the consequences of such a plea. Before accepting a guilty plea, the court will have to explain to the defendant such things as the possibility of tougher sentences for future convictions, registration requirements and difficulty obtaining housing or a firearm.

Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act - Public Act 99-801, Senate Bill 3096
By January 1, 2018, every law enforcement agency in Illinois must adopt, develop and implement a written policy regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse. A model policy will be developed by the Attorney General, Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the State Police.

Domestic violence training for police - Public Act 99-810, House Bill 5538
Law enforcement agencies will be required to consult with community organizations with expertise in recognizing and handling domestic violence incidents when developing arrest procedure policies for domestic violence situations. For both initial training and refresher training every five years, officers shall be trained in understanding the actions of domestic violence victims and abusers.

More education for spotting domestic violence Public Act 99-766, House Bill 4264
Persons applying for licenses under the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act will now be required to undergo training for spotting signs of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The law also provides that a person who has had the training and who acts in good faith or fails to act shall not be held criminally or civilly liable.

Local Government Travel Expense Control Act  -Public Act 99-604, House Bill 4379
School districts, community college districts and non-home rule units of local government will now be required to regulate expenses for travel, meals and lodging for local officials and employees. The expenses can only be approved after all documentation has been submitted and the approval is granted by a roll call vote. Reimbursement for entertainment expenses is prohibited by the new law.

Epinephrine Auto-Injector Act - Public Act 99-711, House Bill 4462
A health care practitioner may prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of an authorized entity where allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present. All employees of the authorized entity would be required to complete a training program before using an auto-injector.

Expunging non-violent juvenile records - Public Act 99-835, House Bill 5017
Court records for non-violent crimes committed by juveniles can be expunged under this new law. Juveniles may petition the court at any time after the termination of all court proceedings relating to the incident, rather than having to wait until they turn 21.

Making room for disabled vehicles - Public Act 99-681, House Bill 6006
On a highway of four of more lanes, two of which are moving the in same direction, drivers approaching a disabled vehicle which has its hazard lights on must move into a lane not adjacent to the disabled vehicle if it is safe to do so, or must reduce speed if it is not. A violation of this law is a petty offense.

Expanding definition of “vehicle endangerment” - Public Act 99-656, House Bill 6010
Existing Illinois law already allows for punishing individuals who drop objects onto vehicles from overpasses. House Bill 6010 expands the law to include objects dropped from hills, buildings and other starting points. The crime is a Class 2 felony.

Bath Salts Prohibition Act - Public Act 99-585, Senate Bill 210
In response to the growing abuse of cathinone drugs in Illinois, the Bath Salts Prohibition Act creates the Class 3 felony offense of selling bath salts in a retail establishment. Violation of the law carries an enhanced fine of $150,000 and revocation of a retailers’ license.

REAL ID Compliance - Public Act 99-511, Senate Bill 637To bring Illinois into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, SB 637 ends the practice of printing and distributing plastic ID cards at Secretary of State offices. Instead, Illinoisans will submit their renewal or new license information and it will be sent to a secure facility where a new license, which is much more difficult to counterfeit, will be produced and mailed to the applicant.

Higher fine for train crossing violations - Public Act 99-663, Senate Bill 2806
Fines for trespassing into a railroad grade crossing while warning signals are showing and sounding will double from $250 to $500 on January 1. The legislation is in response, in part, to faster Amtrak trains which will begin operating at 110 mph in parts of Illinois.

Sales of residences built by students - Public Act 99-794, Senate Bill 2823
If students in a curricular program at a school build or renovate a residential property, the school board can engage the services of a licensed real estate broker to sell the property. The board would have to approve the action by a 2/3 margin and the broker’s commission could not exceed 7%.

Carmi....Representative David Reis recently presented Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard and City Clerk Brian Allen with House Resolution 1330, congratulating the city on its 200th anniversary.

From the resolution: “therefore be it RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we congratulate Mayor Jeff Pollard and the citizens of Carmi as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of theircommunity and wish them many more years of success and prosperity in the future”

The full text of the resolution can be read by clicking here. Representative Reis created the resolution and presented it to the House of Representatives for passage.

Illinois Chamber Presents Champion of Free Enterprise Award to Rep. David Reis

SPRINGFIELD – October 18, 2016.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce today gave the Champion of Free Enterprise Award to Representative David Reis. The award is given to state legislators who recognize the importance of free enterprise and who agree with pro-business legislative policies to further economic opportunities for Illinois businesses and their employees. 

“With Illinois’ lackluster economic performance, there has never been a more crucial moment for our state to embrace pro-business legislators who represent the business community and support the fundamental principles of the free market system,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. 

“The Champions of Free Enterprise are exactly the types of lawmakers who will encourage investment in Illinois and help it become more competitive with other states. We appreciate the David’s dedication to the good of all of Illinois,” Maisch added.

The Illinois Chamber’s Champion of Free Enterprise Award is awarded biennially to recognize Illinois senators and representatives who have committed to support and defend the employers of Illinois and support the policies of a free enterprise system to help Illinois’ economy grow and prosper. In order to be eligible for the award, a lawmaker must have received an average of 85 percent or better voting record over the previous two General Assembly sessions as rated in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating published at the end of each session. 

The ratings are based on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation of the 99th General Assembly. The votes in the Senate and House are selected based on their impact on the business community. In cases where more than one roll call was taken on a bill, the vote that best demonstrates support for employers’ vital interests was chosen. 

State Rep. David Reis was joined by members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, Governor Rauner, and several Republican and Democrat legislators for a special dedication ceremony in the State Capitol on Tuesday. Reis sponsored a Resolution congratulating the Rolling Thunder for their work to expand and promote the "One Empty Chair" program. The display, which has appeared in municipal, county, and state public facilities across the country, was dedicated in the Illinois Capitol this week.
Springfield....State Representative David Reis (R - Willow Hill) received unanimous support for a Resolution he sponsored in the Illinois House this week that honors the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group for their work to bring attention to the issue of American Prisoners of War and soldiers Missing in Action, more commonly referred to as POW/MIA.

Reis sponsored HR 1116 and invited members of the Rolling Thunder to attend legislative session at the Capitol on Tuesday. Reis offered his thanks and congratulations for the Rolling Thunder's effort to expand the POW/MIA National Chair of Honor "One Empty Seat" program, which helps to recognize and honor more than 92,000 American soldiers who have been unaccounted for since World War 1. 

Reis thanked the Illinois Secretary of State's office for their willingness to display the POW/MIA chair in the Capitol in Springfield. The Governor and several legislators, as well as members of the Rolling Thunder were on hand in Springfield for the dedication ceremony.

Rep. David Reis sponsored HR 962 that congratulates the Illinois Farm Bureau on 100 years of service to the State of Illinois. Pictured here (L to R) are  David White of Wayne County Farm Bureau, Rep. Reis, IL Farm Bureau Vice President David Erickson. and Matt Rush of the Wayne County Farm Bureau. Reis presented Farm Bureau President Guebert with a copy of the House Resolution in the House Gallery.
Olney....State Representative David Reis and State Senator Dale Righter would like to announce traveling office hours, where Representative Reis and Senator Righter will be available in your community to address any constituent concerns.  Appointments may be made at 618.392.0108, though, walk-ins are welcome.

Where: Newton City Hall
108 N. Van Buren St.
When: January 21, 2016
10:30 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m.

State Representative David Reis, 109th District, would also like to remind Constituents that his district office is located at 219 E. Main St. in Olney. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office does close from 12 to 1 for lunch. You may also reach the district office by phone at 618-392-0108. Representative Reis and his staff will be glad to address concerns that local constituents may have.


State Rep. David Reis and State Senator Dale Righter Announce Traveling Office Hours Schedule

State Representative David Reis and State Senator Dale Righter would have announced a schedule of traveling office hours where they will be available in your community to address any constituent concerns.  Appointments may be made at 618.392.0108, though, walk-ins are welcome.

Carmi: Carmi City Hall, Council Chambers

228 East Main St.
February 4th, 2016
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grayville: Grayville City Hall, Council Chambers
122 South Court St.
February 4th, 2016
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

State Representative David Reis, 109th District, would also like to remind Constituents that his district office is located at 219 E. Main St. in Olney. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office does close from 12 to 1 for lunch. You may also reach the district office by phone at 618-392-0108. Representative Reis and his staff will be glad to address concerns that local constituents may have.   

Willow Hill….State Representative David Reis (R-Willow Hill) is reminding motorists that Secretary of State Jesse White’s office will no longer be mailing notifications to vehicle owners reminding them to renew their license plate stickers. Reis says the New Year is a good time to sign up online for the notices.

“Due to budget cuts and the overall lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State is no longer mailing out notices for license plate sticker renewals,” Reis said. “Instead, they are urging motorists to visit their website to sign up for e-mail notifications.”
Reis is encouraging motorists to visit www.ilsos.gov/greenmail to request their sticker renewal notice be emailed to them.

“The mailed notices were a convenient way to remind drivers they needed to renew their registration,” Reis said. “Without a state budget and with the cuts to the Secretary of State’s budget we just simply can’t afford the luxury of a mailed notice anymore. I’m encouraging everyone that can to sign up to receive an email notification to help avoid late charges or a potential issue if a driver is stopped by law enforcement and has an expired registration.”

Drivers are reminded that in order to sign up they will need their registration card, which has their registration ID number and PIN number. A valid email address is also required. For motorists that do not renew their vehicle sticker on time, a $20 additional fee will apply.