191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 new laws that may be of interest to Illinoisans.

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.
Rep. Harris receives 2015-2016 "Champion of Free
 Enterprise" Award from Tyler Diers of
the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
Rep. David Harris recently received recognition from the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce for his support during the past legislative session of public policies meant to spur growth and opportunity for the Illinois business community.

Mr. Tyler Diers, Director of Advocacy for the State Chamber, presented Rep. Harris with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's 2015-2016 "Champion of Free Enterprise" Award at the Chamber's offices in Springfield.

"I am very pleased to receive this distinction," said Harris.  "I want to have as vibrant a business community as possible in Illinois so that there are jobs and opportunity for all of our citizens."
Rep. Harris presents a Certificate of Recognition to 
Peter Sarantopoulos (left) and Danny Barbarigos (center)
owners of LaTasca Restaurant
Representative David Harris presented the owners of LaTasca Restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives. LaTasca celebrated its 20th anniversary of operation in downtown Arlington Heights during October.

"LaTasca is a delightful neighborhood restaurant serving delicious food in the heart of our downtown," said Harris, "and it's great to be able to recognize the 20 years of success that the restaurant has had as part of our community. I look forward to enjoying the restaurant's wonderful tapas for another 20 years."

Rep. Harris receives a replica John Deere 
tractor from Janet McCabe, a Cook 
County Farm Bureau Board Member
Representative David Harris was recently awarded the 2016 "Friend of Agriculture" designation by the Illinois Farm Bureau for his support of positive legislation that supports the farming industry in Illinois.

Illinois Cook County Farm Bureau Board Member Janet McCabe presented Rep. Harris with a replica of a John Deere 8345 R tractor which has been manufactured by John Deere from 2009 to the present.  The award shows that Rep. Harris recognizes the benefits of Illinois' agricultural products and the importance farmers play in providing quality food, fiber and fuel for our state, nation and world.

Rep. Harris (center) joins with Alicia Martin, President of 
ABC-IL, and other local officials in cutting the
ribbon on ABC-IL's new training center.
Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) helped cut the ribbon at the Associated Builders & Contractors - Illinois (ABC-IL) Chapter's new Apprenticeship Training Lab in Elk Grove Village.

Associated Builders & Contractors - Illinois provides apprenticeship and craft training programs that prepare individuals for positions throughout the construction industry.  The programs are registered with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.

"These are the types of programs that help individuals get quality, good-paying jobs," said Harris, "and I was pleased to join in the opening of this new training lab."