Several new laws affecting children, young drivers and veterans that passed earlier in the year take effect in September, including:
Public Act 282 of 2018 allows for the use of courtroom support dogs to comfort witnesses, including a child under age 16 or a vulnerable adult. Therapy dogs can calm witnesses, particularly children, helping them overcome their fears to deliver their testimony.
Public Act 276 of 2018 requires driver’s education to include information on what to do and how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The training will help make this situation safer and less stressful for young drivers.
Public Act 211 of 2018 prohibits what is often called “pension poaching” to better protect veterans from fraud and predatory financial abuse. The new law will prevent individuals or agencies from profiting off veterans benefit services that are offered at no cost through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).