A new year brings new laws that we all need to be aware of. One of these new laws applies to units of local government (municipalities, park districts, libraries, townships) and school districts.
Public Act 98-0930 requires these units of government to post an email address or some other mechanism on their website to allow members of the public to contact their elected officials. A government can either post one universal email address (such as email@example.com) or the individual email addresses of the elected officials. Another alternative would be to use a "contact us" form that allows users to select elected officials as the recipient of the email. The website information must be easily available or searchable from the government's home page by use of a hyperlink.
The law became effective on January 1, 2015, but you have until April 1, 2015 to get the email address or addresses on your website.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf