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Courthouse preservation bill, others now law

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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Bills relating to a courthouse preservation advisory commission, inmate issues, probate, foreclosure notices, domestic violence, and invasion of privacy concerns have been signed into law in the last week. Among the bills that are of interest to the legal community are: SEA 78, regarding probate and trust matters, signed today;

HEA 1379, regarding viatical settlements, signed today;

SEA 227, regarding the renamed sexual assault victim advocate standards and certification board, signed today;

SEA 62, regarding posting notice of foreclosure sales, signed today;

SEA 81, regarding transfer on death conveyances and prohibition fees, signed March 19;

SEA 176, establishing a courthouse preservation advisory commission, signed March 19; and

SEA 10, regarding inmate fraud, signed March 14. Of the more than 30 bills waiting for the governor's signature or veto is HEA 1096, which adds judges to the Franklin Circuit Court, Madison Superior Court, Miami Superior Court; and abolishes the Franklin Circuit magistrate, Madison County Court, Ohio County and Switzerland County Joint Superior Court, and the Jefferson County and Switzerland County Joint Fifth Judicial Circuit; and allows for additional changes as they relate to the courts.
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