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What kid hasn’t tried to make money (sometimes literally a single dollar) by selling lemonade?

Soon the young people of Illinois will be able to do so, without fear of breaking the law.

When the Haylis Law (SB 119) comes into effect in 2022, governments will no longer be able to force young people to obtain permits to run lemonade stands. Those under 16 can sell non-alcoholic beverages (perhaps hot chocolate) without government interference or regulation, as long as the drink kiosks are on private property or in public parks.

Other new laws deal with pets.

Starting in February, per SB 1711, pet stores will only be able to sell dogs and cats that they obtain from animal shelters or animal control facilities; they cannot legally sell furry friends born and raised in puppy mills.

“Puppy mills are usually large breeding facilities that raise a number of animals and don’t really take care of them the way we want our pets to be taken care of,” the said. Senator Linda Holmes, D-Aurora. “We’re not saying these pet stores can’t sell animals. They only have to obtain them via rescues or shelters.

Pet stores will also no longer be able to offer their own financing, with HB572 taking effect in 2022.

Holmes, the plan’s sponsor, said some stores offer loans to prospective pet owners, with interest rates above 100%.

“You can certainly put it on a credit card and there you have all the financial terms laid out for you. Or if you want to go out and take out a personal loan before you go to the pet store, ”Holmes said. “But basically what these pet stores always bet on is I’m going to walk into this pet store and say ‘oh my god this is the cutest puppy I’ve ever seen, I have to take him back to the House. “

Another potential money-saving measure will ban companies from charging an early termination fee, if someone dies during the deal – something Gwen Daniels of Illinois Legal Aid said.

“If you have a three-year contract on a cell phone and you die in the first or second month, before that act, your estate could be billed for the remaining 34 months of the contract,” Daniels said. “And so this law applies to internet services, cell phone bills, phone bills, your water service, your electric service, your gas service.”

After lengthy negotiations, changes were also made to Illinois gun laws. Some – like background checks for private sales of firearms – will be rolled out in the coming years; other aspects will begin in 2022.

Illinois State Police have worked to reduce the backlog of identification of gun owners, FOIDs and applicants – a backlog that has resulted in frustration and lawsuits from the share of anxious applicants.

Meanwhile, anti-violence groups had called for mandatory fingerprints of all candidates.

In a compromise, through HB562, applicants who want speedy processing of their FOID offer can voluntarily share their fingerprints, to be used for background checks.

Fingerprints are important in keeping guns away from dangerous people, said Kathleen Sances, director of Gun Violence Prevention PAC: Illinois.

“Fingerprints are important because it’s critical that we identify who is trying to buy a gun and make sure that person is not legally prohibited from owning a gun,” Sances said. “I’ll just give you a simple example. If you look in a phone book or do a Google search for John Smith, how many will show up? So the only way to really verify that the John Smith standing in front of the gun dealer is the John Smith he says he is, is with the fingerprint.

In 2022, the state police are tasked with creating a database of stolen guns to prevent their resale, and a task force is tasked with prosecuting gun owners who keep their guns away. fire despite the revocation of their FOID card.

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