More than 100 new state laws will take effect on January 1, 2009, including a package of long-awaited ethics and contracting reforms, a measure that will better track domestic violence offenders who have violated orders of protection, and legislation targeting drunk drivers.

Senator Tim Bivins says one of the most important pieces of legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers in 2008 was House Bill 824 (Public Act 95-097) – “pay-to-play” reforms that ban state contractors from giving campaign contributions to the statewide officeholder responsible for awarding the contract, as well as contributions to declared candidates for the statewide office awarding the contract. The measure will apply to all contracts totaling $50,000 or more.

The new law will require businesses with contracts or pending bids to register with the State Board of Elections, including registering affiliated entities, owners and key executives. The State Board of Elections will be required to maintain a searchable database of all the names of contractors, affiliated persons and entities. Those found in violation of the law could have their contracts voided, and incomplete or falsified filings with the State Board of Elections would be considered a criminal offense, punishable by a fine. Contractors are obliged to notify legislators to whom they donate, that they are registered with the State Board of Elections.

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