Multiple bills signed into law, including bill on name, image and likeness rights

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Multiple pieces of legislation passed through the Illinois General Assembly recently were signed into law, including a bill on name, image and likeness opportunities for student-athletes and a bill aimed at streamlining property tax relief for seniors, veterans and people living with disabilities. 

Friday, House Bill 1175 was signed, which amends the Student-Athlete Endorsement Rights Act, permitting a student-athlete to retain an agent for any matter or activity relating to compensation for the use of the name, image, likeness or voice of the student-athlete while enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution. The bill also requires a student-athlete to provide the institution with written notice and a copy of any agreement entered into for professional representation in a manner and time prescribed by the institution. 

Compensation for a student athlete’s name, image, likeness or voice will also not be conditioned on the athletic performance at a particular postsecondary educational institution through the bill. The bill also adds a provision encouraging postsecondary educational institutions to provide financial literacy, brand management and life skills programming designed for student-athletes. 

HB 722 was also signed into law, providing an immediate effective date for HB 1175 of Jan. 1, 2023. 

Senate Bill 3895, which amends the Property Tax Code by changing the assessment process and application process for the Affordable Rental Housing program, was also signed. The bill is effective immediately. 

SB 4056, which amends the School Code, also became law, making changes to parts of the School Code including State Board of Education reporting, references to the Certification of Teachers Article and certification, reporting attacks on school personnel, the evidence-based funding formula and the heroin and opioid drug prevention pilot program.  

SB 4056 further amends the School Safety Drill Act and requires a charter school authorized by the State Board of Education to have threat assessment procedures. The State Board of Education will also review each school district, charter school or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school’s filed policy on bullying by Sept. 30 of the subject year. The bill is effective immediately. 

Finally, SB 1975 was also signed, encouraging local taxing districts to lower their levy rate, opening the door for hundreds of dollars in individual property tax savings per year, the state wrote in a press release. 

“Over the past twenty years, property taxes have skyrocketed at a rate far surpassing the increase in home values. For veterans, disabled Illinoisans, and our seniors, that can mean having to choose between basic needs—like healthcare¬¬—and losing their homes,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “That’s unacceptable—and needs to change.

“This bill expands homestead exemptions for veterans and their spouses, reduces interest rates and allows for automatic renewal for our disabled homeowners,” Pritzker continued.

SB 1975 increases the general homestead exemption and senior citizens’ homestead exemption, reduces interest rates on tax deferrals for seniors and allows for the automatic renewal of the homestead exemption for qualified people with disabilities in Cook County. SB 1975 further incentivizes taxing districts to opt for the “lowest necessary property tax rate,” the state wrote, potentially saving taxpayers money on an annual basis. 

The legislation also provides for the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran to continue to receive the exemption earned and applied for by the veteran. 

The legislation is effective immediately.

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May 23, 2022 at 12:50PM

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