Thursday, June 6, 2024

84: Legislative Update

The General Assembly recently concluded its spring session and Ancel Glink’s Tyler Smith joins us to talk about recent legislation local government should know, including updates on the grocery tax, small wireless facilities, and more! What new laws are you following? Email us at!

House Bill 3144 provides that groceries will be generally exempt from taxation; that local counties and municipalities will be authorized to impose a 1% sales tax on groceries; and that non-home rule municipalities will be able to impose an additional sales tax.

Senate Bill 3567 provides that any taxing districts with websites maintained by full-time staff will require Truth in Taxation notices to be clearly posted on either their home page or a page directly linked to the home page.

House Bill 4615 provides that municipalities can charge recurring rates and application fees to small wireless facilities and can increase the annual recurring rate to collocate a facility on an authority utility pole that’s in a right of way.

House Bill 4488 provides that parties seeking judicial review of an electoral board decision must do so within 5 days after it was served, during which they must properly serve each named respondent and file proof of service with the clerk.

Senate Bill 2751 provides that disabled veterans or their caregivers cannot be charged for a local building permit, they must properly apply but are exempt from the fees.

House Bill 2154 provides that battery-charged electric fences do not need a permit to be installed, maintained, placed, or replaced if they meet certain requirements.

Senate Bill 2849 provides that local government now have the authority to set reasonable rules regulating the use of drones for recreation and conservation purposes in the airspace over public property.

Senate Bill 1960 provides that low-speed electric scooters must receive local government authorization to be used in any municipality, park district, forest preserve district or conservation districts; scooters can only be used on roads with limits of 35 mph or greater by those who are 18 and up.

House Bill 2911 would have provided that cannabis dispensaries could have pick-up and drive-through locations if they followed certain criteria. The amendment passed in the Senate but failed to pass in the House.

House Bill 4293 would have provided that the manufacture, sale, marketing and advertising of any hemp or hemp derived products would have to be licensed and couldn’t be made with the synthetic THC used in vapes. Local governments would have the authority to investigate and penalize unlicensed activity. The amendment passed in the Senate but has not yet been voted on in the House.

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