With a new year comes new laws that hit the books across the country. Illinois, it seems, is home to many of the most-talked about bills.

For instance…how about the new lemonade stand law taking effect in 2022!

Officially called SB 00119 but nicknamed Hayli’s Law, provides that the Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments and public health districts may not regulate the sale of lemonade or non-alcoholic drinks or mixed beverages by a person under the age of 16.

The law stems from the story of Haylibugs Lemonade stand, run by 11-year-old Hayli Martenez in Kankakee back in 2017. She was just trying to raise money to go to college, selling 50-cent cups of ice cold lemonade, but

In other words…go ahead kids, the government won’t get in the way of you making that paper!

There are also quite a few changes to gun laws in Illinois coming next year: NBC5 did a nice summery of this:

FOID Law Changes

The new FOID law makes following changes beginning Jan. 1, 2021 [sic]:

• Encourages but does not require fingerprinting. Those who agree to fingerprinting are granted a streamlined process for renewal of FOID Cards and CCL licenses.
• Allows for the Illinois State Police to issue a combined FOID Card and concealed carry license to qualified applicants.
• Requires the Illinois State Police to establish a public database of all firearms that have been reported stolen to be checked prior to the transfer of any firearm to prevent the inadvertent transfer of stolen firearms.
• Tasks a new Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force to conduct enforcement operations against those with revoked FOID Cards.

In addition, the following additional provisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2024:

• Requires person-to-person firearm transfers to be subject to National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks at a federal licensed firearms dealer or through online validation by the Illinois State Police using NICS.
• Requires Federal Firearms Licensures (FFL) to keep the record of a transfer for 20 years. On the demand of a peace officer, transferees have to identify the FFL dealer maintaining the transfer record. The penalty for not doing so is a Class A misdemeanor.
• Requires that those who receive a firearm in a private transfer to provide a record of the transfer to a licensed firearm dealer within 10 days. The dealer in turn must keep the record for 20 years and may charge up to $25 for keeping it. The recipient of the firearm must be able to provide the name of the firearm dealer maintaining the record for that particular firearm upon demand by law enforcement. Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor.

A few other highlights on the list of new laws include:

SB 01682: Requires pharmacies to post a notice informing consumers that a consumer may request current pharmacy retail prices at the point of sale.

HB 03922: Designates June 19 as a paid state holiday, Juneteenth.

HB 00605: Prohibits state institutions and agencies from purchasing Illinois state flags and American flags not made in the United States of America.

SB 00817: Bans schools from discriminating against student hairstyles associated with racial, ethnic and cultural tradition.

SB 01577: Provides that public school students shall be granted up to five days of excused absences for mental or behavioral health, no medical note required.

HB 00168: Prohibits an individual from adopting or otherwise possessing animals if he or she has been convicted of two or more specified animal-related offenses.

HB 00226: Allows Illinois students to choose whether to submit a standardized test score when applying to Illinois public universities.

SB 00505: Provides members of the Illinois National Guard serving on State Active Duty, federal duty or training status with a state flag presented to their next of kin upon their death.

HB 00122: Ends early termination fees for utility customers who are deceased before the end of a contract.

This is FAR from a complete list of new laws!

Here is the complete list of the 300 new laws set to take affect on Saturday!