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Friday, November 15, 2019

Bill Would Restrict Local Authority Over Fence Alarms

A number of new bills are being introduced in the Illinois General Assembly, including some intended to address major pieces of legislation passed earlier this year, including the recreational cannabis law and the leveling the playing field statute that imposed numerous new taxes on Illinois residents. We will report on those as they move forward. Other bills with less public profile are also being introduced, including one that would affect municipal authority. 

If passed, SB 2308 would prohibit municipalities and counties from requiring a permit for the installation of a battery-charged fence alarm or from imposing any installation or operational requirements on these alarms. It also restricts municipal and county authority to prohibit the installation or use of a battery-charged fence. The bill preempts home rule authority. 

This is a pretty specific bill, and it was probably introduced to address a particular situation in one community. However, once it is enacted, it would restrict the authority of all municipalities and counties.


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