State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced , by Rep. William Davis


230 ILCS 10/5  from Ch. 120, par. 2405
230 ILCS 40/15

    Amends the Riverboat Gambling Act. Deletes obsolete language regarding the terms of office of the initial Illinois Gaming Board members and their successors. Amends the Video Gaming Act. Deletes language providing that every video gaming terminal offered in this State must meet minimum standards set by an independent outside testing laboratory approved by the Board.

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1    AN ACT concerning gaming.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Riverboat Gambling Act is amended by
5changing Section 5 as follows:
6    (230 ILCS 10/5)  (from Ch. 120, par. 2405)
7    Sec. 5. Gaming Board.
8    (a) (1) There is hereby established the Illinois Gaming
9Board, which shall have the powers and duties specified in this
10Act, and all other powers necessary and proper to fully and
11effectively execute this Act for the purpose of administering,
12regulating, and enforcing the system of riverboat gambling
13established by this Act. Its jurisdiction shall extend under
14this Act to every person, association, corporation,
15partnership and trust involved in riverboat gambling
16operations in the State of Illinois.
17    (2) The Board shall consist of 5 members to be appointed by
18the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, one of
19whom shall be designated by the Governor to be chairman. Each
20member shall have a reasonable knowledge of the practice,
21procedure and principles of gambling operations. Each member
22shall either be a resident of Illinois or shall certify that he
23will become a resident of Illinois before taking office. At



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1least one member shall be experienced in law enforcement and
2criminal investigation, at least one member shall be a
3certified public accountant experienced in accounting and
4auditing, and at least one member shall be a lawyer licensed to
5practice law in Illinois.
6    (3) The terms of office of the Board members shall be 3
7years, except that the terms of office of the initial Board
8members appointed pursuant to this Act will commence from the
9effective date of this Act and run as follows: one for a term
10ending July 1, 1991, 2 for a term ending July 1, 1992, and 2 for
11a term ending July 1, 1993. Upon the expiration of the
12foregoing terms, the successors of such members shall serve a
13term for 3 years and until their successors are appointed and
14qualified for like terms. Vacancies in the Board shall be
15filled for the unexpired term in like manner as original
16appointments. Each member of the Board shall be eligible for
17reappointment at the discretion of the Governor with the advice
18and consent of the Senate.
19    (4) Each member of the Board shall receive $300 for each
20day the Board meets and for each day the member conducts any
21hearing pursuant to this Act. Each member of the Board shall
22also be reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses and
23disbursements incurred in the execution of official duties.
24    (5) No person shall be appointed a member of the Board or
25continue to be a member of the Board who is, or whose spouse,
26child or parent is, a member of the board of directors of, or a



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1person financially interested in, any gambling operation
2subject to the jurisdiction of this Board, or any race track,
3race meeting, racing association or the operations thereof
4subject to the jurisdiction of the Illinois Racing Board. No
5Board member shall hold any other public office. No person
6shall be a member of the Board who is not of good moral
7character or who has been convicted of, or is under indictment
8for, a felony under the laws of Illinois or any other state, or
9the United States.
10    (5.5) No member of the Board shall engage in any political
11activity. For the purposes of this Section, "political" means
12any activity in support of or in connection with any campaign
13for federal, State, or local elective office or any political
14organization, but does not include activities (i) relating to
15the support or opposition of any executive, legislative, or
16administrative action (as those terms are defined in Section 2
17of the Lobbyist Registration Act), (ii) relating to collective
18bargaining, or (iii) that are otherwise in furtherance of the
19person's official State duties or governmental and public
20service functions.
21    (6) Any member of the Board may be removed by the Governor
22for neglect of duty, misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance
23in office or for engaging in any political activity.
24    (7) Before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his
25office, each member of the Board shall take an oath that he
26will faithfully execute the duties of his office according to



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1the laws of the State and the rules and regulations adopted
2therewith and shall give bond to the State of Illinois,
3approved by the Governor, in the sum of $25,000. Every such
4bond, when duly executed and approved, shall be recorded in the
5office of the Secretary of State. Whenever the Governor
6determines that the bond of any member of the Board has become
7or is likely to become invalid or insufficient, he shall
8require such member forthwith to renew his bond, which is to be
9approved by the Governor. Any member of the Board who fails to
10take oath and give bond within 30 days from the date of his
11appointment, or who fails to renew his bond within 30 days
12after it is demanded by the Governor, shall be guilty of
13neglect of duty and may be removed by the Governor. The cost of
14any bond given by any member of the Board under this Section
15shall be taken to be a part of the necessary expenses of the
17    (7.5) For the examination of all mechanical,
18electromechanical, or electronic table games, slot machines,
19slot accounting systems, and other electronic gaming equipment
20for compliance with this Act, the Board may utilize the
21services of one or more independent outside testing
22laboratories that have been accredited by a national
23accreditation body and that, in the judgment of the Board, are
24qualified to perform such examinations.
25    (8) The Board shall employ such personnel as may be
26necessary to carry out its functions and shall determine the



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1salaries of all personnel, except those personnel whose
2salaries are determined under the terms of a collective
3bargaining agreement. No person shall be employed to serve the
4Board who is, or whose spouse, parent or child is, an official
5of, or has a financial interest in or financial relation with,
6any operator engaged in gambling operations within this State
7or any organization engaged in conducting horse racing within
8this State. Any employee violating these prohibitions shall be
9subject to termination of employment.
10    (9) An Administrator shall perform any and all duties that
11the Board shall assign him. The salary of the Administrator
12shall be determined by the Board and, in addition, he shall be
13reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses incurred by
14him in discharge of his official duties. The Administrator
15shall keep records of all proceedings of the Board and shall
16preserve all records, books, documents and other papers
17belonging to the Board or entrusted to its care. The
18Administrator shall devote his full time to the duties of the
19office and shall not hold any other office or employment.
20    (b) The Board shall have general responsibility for the
21implementation of this Act. Its duties include, without
22limitation, the following:
23        (1) To decide promptly and in reasonable order all
24    license applications. Any party aggrieved by an action of
25    the Board denying, suspending, revoking, restricting or
26    refusing to renew a license may request a hearing before



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1    the Board. A request for a hearing must be made to the
2    Board in writing within 5 days after service of notice of
3    the action of the Board. Notice of the action of the Board
4    shall be served either by personal delivery or by certified
5    mail, postage prepaid, to the aggrieved party. Notice
6    served by certified mail shall be deemed complete on the
7    business day following the date of such mailing. The Board
8    shall conduct all requested hearings promptly and in
9    reasonable order;
10        (2) To conduct all hearings pertaining to civil
11    violations of this Act or rules and regulations promulgated
12    hereunder;
13        (3) To promulgate such rules and regulations as in its
14    judgment may be necessary to protect or enhance the
15    credibility and integrity of gambling operations
16    authorized by this Act and the regulatory process
17    hereunder;
18        (4) To provide for the establishment and collection of
19    all license and registration fees and taxes imposed by this
20    Act and the rules and regulations issued pursuant hereto.
21    All such fees and taxes shall be deposited into the State
22    Gaming Fund;
23        (5) To provide for the levy and collection of penalties
24    and fines for the violation of provisions of this Act and
25    the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder. All such
26    fines and penalties shall be deposited into the Education



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1    Assistance Fund, created by Public Act 86-0018, of the
2    State of Illinois;
3        (6) To be present through its inspectors and agents any
4    time gambling operations are conducted on any riverboat for
5    the purpose of certifying the revenue thereof, receiving
6    complaints from the public, and conducting such other
7    investigations into the conduct of the gambling games and
8    the maintenance of the equipment as from time to time the
9    Board may deem necessary and proper;
10        (7) To review and rule upon any complaint by a licensee
11    regarding any investigative procedures of the State which
12    are unnecessarily disruptive of gambling operations. The
13    need to inspect and investigate shall be presumed at all
14    times. The disruption of a licensee's operations shall be
15    proved by clear and convincing evidence, and establish
16    that: (A) the procedures had no reasonable law enforcement
17    purposes, and (B) the procedures were so disruptive as to
18    unreasonably inhibit gambling operations;
19        (8) To hold at least one meeting each quarter of the
20    fiscal year. In addition, special meetings may be called by
21    the Chairman or any 2 Board members upon 72 hours written
22    notice to each member. All Board meetings shall be subject
23    to the Open Meetings Act. Three members of the Board shall
24    constitute a quorum, and 3 votes shall be required for any
25    final determination by the Board. The Board shall keep a
26    complete and accurate record of all its meetings. A



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1    majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a
2    quorum for the transaction of any business, for the
3    performance of any duty, or for the exercise of any power
4    which this Act requires the Board members to transact,
5    perform or exercise en banc, except that, upon order of the
6    Board, one of the Board members or an administrative law
7    judge designated by the Board may conduct any hearing
8    provided for under this Act or by Board rule and may
9    recommend findings and decisions to the Board. The Board
10    member or administrative law judge conducting such hearing
11    shall have all powers and rights granted to the Board in
12    this Act. The record made at the time of the hearing shall
13    be reviewed by the Board, or a majority thereof, and the
14    findings and decision of the majority of the Board shall
15    constitute the order of the Board in such case;
16        (9) To maintain records which are separate and distinct
17    from the records of any other State board or commission.
18    Such records shall be available for public inspection and
19    shall accurately reflect all Board proceedings;
20        (10) To file a written annual report with the Governor
21    on or before July 1 each year and such additional reports
22    as the Governor may request. The annual report shall
23    include a statement of receipts and disbursements by the
24    Board, actions taken by the Board, and any additional
25    information and recommendations which the Board may deem
26    valuable or which the Governor may request;



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1        (11) (Blank);
2        (12) (Blank);
3        (13) To assume responsibility for administration and
4    enforcement of the Video Gaming Act; and
5        (14) To adopt, by rule, a code of conduct governing
6    Board members and employees that ensure, to the maximum
7    extent possible, that persons subject to this Code avoid
8    situations, relationships, or associations that may
9    represent or lead to a conflict of interest.
10    (c) The Board shall have jurisdiction over and shall
11supervise all gambling operations governed by this Act. The
12Board shall have all powers necessary and proper to fully and
13effectively execute the provisions of this Act, including, but
14not limited to, the following:
15        (1) To investigate applicants and determine the
16    eligibility of applicants for licenses and to select among
17    competing applicants the applicants which best serve the
18    interests of the citizens of Illinois.
19        (2) To have jurisdiction and supervision over all
20    riverboat gambling operations in this State and all persons
21    on riverboats where gambling operations are conducted.
22        (3) To promulgate rules and regulations for the purpose
23    of administering the provisions of this Act and to
24    prescribe rules, regulations and conditions under which
25    all riverboat gambling in the State shall be conducted.
26    Such rules and regulations are to provide for the



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1    prevention of practices detrimental to the public interest
2    and for the best interests of riverboat gambling, including
3    rules and regulations regarding the inspection of such
4    riverboats and the review of any permits or licenses
5    necessary to operate a riverboat under any laws or
6    regulations applicable to riverboats, and to impose
7    penalties for violations thereof.
8        (4) To enter the office, riverboats, facilities, or
9    other places of business of a licensee, where evidence of
10    the compliance or noncompliance with the provisions of this
11    Act is likely to be found.
12        (5) To investigate alleged violations of this Act or
13    the rules of the Board and to take appropriate disciplinary
14    action against a licensee or a holder of an occupational
15    license for a violation, or institute appropriate legal
16    action for enforcement, or both.
17        (6) To adopt standards for the licensing of all persons
18    under this Act, as well as for electronic or mechanical
19    gambling games, and to establish fees for such licenses.
20        (7) To adopt appropriate standards for all riverboats
21    and facilities.
22        (8) To require that the records, including financial or
23    other statements of any licensee under this Act, shall be
24    kept in such manner as prescribed by the Board and that any
25    such licensee involved in the ownership or management of
26    gambling operations submit to the Board an annual balance



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1    sheet and profit and loss statement, list of the
2    stockholders or other persons having a 1% or greater
3    beneficial interest in the gambling activities of each
4    licensee, and any other information the Board deems
5    necessary in order to effectively administer this Act and
6    all rules, regulations, orders and final decisions
7    promulgated under this Act.
8        (9) To conduct hearings, issue subpoenas for the
9    attendance of witnesses and subpoenas duces tecum for the
10    production of books, records and other pertinent documents
11    in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure
12    Act, and to administer oaths and affirmations to the
13    witnesses, when, in the judgment of the Board, it is
14    necessary to administer or enforce this Act or the Board
15    rules.
16        (10) To prescribe a form to be used by any licensee
17    involved in the ownership or management of gambling
18    operations as an application for employment for their
19    employees.
20        (11) To revoke or suspend licenses, as the Board may
21    see fit and in compliance with applicable laws of the State
22    regarding administrative procedures, and to review
23    applications for the renewal of licenses. The Board may
24    suspend an owners license, without notice or hearing upon a
25    determination that the safety or health of patrons or
26    employees is jeopardized by continuing a riverboat's



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1    operation. The suspension may remain in effect until the
2    Board determines that the cause for suspension has been
3    abated. The Board may revoke the owners license upon a
4    determination that the owner has not made satisfactory
5    progress toward abating the hazard.
6        (12) To eject or exclude or authorize the ejection or
7    exclusion of, any person from riverboat gambling
8    facilities where such person is in violation of this Act,
9    rules and regulations thereunder, or final orders of the
10    Board, or where such person's conduct or reputation is such
11    that his presence within the riverboat gambling facilities
12    may, in the opinion of the Board, call into question the
13    honesty and integrity of the gambling operations or
14    interfere with orderly conduct thereof; provided that the
15    propriety of such ejection or exclusion is subject to
16    subsequent hearing by the Board.
17        (13) To require all licensees of gambling operations to
18    utilize a cashless wagering system whereby all players'
19    money is converted to tokens, electronic cards, or chips
20    which shall be used only for wagering in the gambling
21    establishment.
22        (14) (Blank).
23        (15) To suspend, revoke or restrict licenses, to
24    require the removal of a licensee or an employee of a
25    licensee for a violation of this Act or a Board rule or for
26    engaging in a fraudulent practice, and to impose civil



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1    penalties of up to $5,000 against individuals and up to
2    $10,000 or an amount equal to the daily gross receipts,
3    whichever is larger, against licensees for each violation
4    of any provision of the Act, any rules adopted by the
5    Board, any order of the Board or any other action which, in
6    the Board's discretion, is a detriment or impediment to
7    riverboat gambling operations.
8        (16) To hire employees to gather information, conduct
9    investigations and carry out any other tasks contemplated
10    under this Act.
11        (17) To establish minimum levels of insurance to be
12    maintained by licensees.
13        (18) To authorize a licensee to sell or serve alcoholic
14    liquors, wine or beer as defined in the Liquor Control Act
15    of 1934 on board a riverboat and to have exclusive
16    authority to establish the hours for sale and consumption
17    of alcoholic liquor on board a riverboat, notwithstanding
18    any provision of the Liquor Control Act of 1934 or any
19    local ordinance, and regardless of whether the riverboat
20    makes excursions. The establishment of the hours for sale
21    and consumption of alcoholic liquor on board a riverboat is
22    an exclusive power and function of the State. A home rule
23    unit may not establish the hours for sale and consumption
24    of alcoholic liquor on board a riverboat. This amendatory
25    Act of 1991 is a denial and limitation of home rule powers
26    and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article



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1    VII of the Illinois Constitution.
2        (19) After consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of
3    Engineers, to establish binding emergency orders upon the
4    concurrence of a majority of the members of the Board
5    regarding the navigability of water, relative to
6    excursions, in the event of extreme weather conditions,
7    acts of God or other extreme circumstances.
8        (20) To delegate the execution of any of its powers
9    under this Act for the purpose of administering and
10    enforcing this Act and its rules and regulations hereunder.
11        (20.5) To approve any contract entered into on its
12    behalf.
13        (20.6) To appoint investigators to conduct
14    investigations, searches, seizures, arrests, and other
15    duties imposed under this Act, as deemed necessary by the
16    Board. These investigators have and may exercise all of the
17    rights and powers of peace officers, provided that these
18    powers shall be limited to offenses or violations occurring
19    or committed on a riverboat or dock, as defined in
20    subsections (d) and (f) of Section 4, or as otherwise
21    provided by this Act or any other law.
22        (20.7) To contract with the Department of State Police
23    for the use of trained and qualified State police officers
24    and with the Department of Revenue for the use of trained
25    and qualified Department of Revenue investigators to
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1    other duties imposed under this Act and to exercise all of
2    the rights and powers of peace officers, provided that the
3    powers of Department of Revenue investigators under this
4    subdivision (20.7) shall be limited to offenses or
5    violations occurring or committed on a riverboat or dock,
6    as defined in subsections (d) and (f) of Section 4, or as
7    otherwise provided by this Act or any other law. In the
8    event the Department of State Police or the Department of
9    Revenue is unable to fill contracted police or
10    investigative positions, the Board may appoint
11    investigators to fill those positions pursuant to
12    subdivision (20.6).
13        (21) To take any other action as may be reasonable or
14    appropriate to enforce this Act and rules and regulations
15    hereunder.
16    (d) The Board may seek and shall receive the cooperation of
17the Department of State Police in conducting background
18investigations of applicants and in fulfilling its
19responsibilities under this Section. Costs incurred by the
20Department of State Police as a result of such cooperation
21shall be paid by the Board in conformance with the requirements
22of Section 2605-400 of the Department of State Police Law (20
23ILCS 2605/2605-400).
24    (e) The Board must authorize to each investigator and to
25any other employee of the Board exercising the powers of a
26peace officer a distinct badge that, on its face, (i) clearly



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1states that the badge is authorized by the Board and (ii)
2contains a unique identifying number. No other badge shall be
3authorized by the Board.
4(Source: P.A. 100-1152, eff. 12-14-18.)
5    Section 10. The Video Gaming Act is amended by changing
6Section 15 as follows:
7    (230 ILCS 40/15)
8    Sec. 15. Minimum requirements for licensing and
9registration. Every video gaming terminal offered for play
10shall first be tested and approved pursuant to the rules of the
11Board, and each video gaming terminal offered in this State for
12play shall conform to an approved model. For the examination of
13video gaming machines and associated equipment as required by
14this Section, the Board may utilize the services of one or more
15independent outside testing laboratories that have been
16accredited by a national accreditation body and that, in the
17judgment of the Board, are qualified to perform such
18examinations. Every video gaming terminal offered in this State
19for play must meet minimum standards set by an independent
20outside testing laboratory approved by the Board. Each approved
21model shall, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:
22        (1) It must conform to all requirements of federal law
23    and regulations, including FCC Class A Emissions
24    Standards.



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1        (2) It must theoretically pay out a mathematically
2    demonstrable percentage during the expected lifetime of
3    the machine of all amounts played, which must not be less
4    than 80%. The Board shall establish a maximum payout
5    percentage for approved models by rule. Video gaming
6    terminals that may be affected by skill must meet this
7    standard when using a method of play that will provide the
8    greatest return to the player over a period of continuous
9    play.
10        (3) It must use a random selection process to determine
11    the outcome of each play of a game. The random selection
12    process must meet 99% confidence limits using a standard
13    chi-squared test for (randomness) goodness of fit.
14        (4) It must display an accurate representation of the
15    game outcome.
16        (5) It must not automatically alter pay tables or any
17    function of the video gaming terminal based on internal
18    computation of hold percentage or have any means of
19    manipulation that affects the random selection process or
20    probabilities of winning a game.
21        (6) It must not be adversely affected by static
22    discharge or other electromagnetic interference.
23        (7) It must be capable of detecting and displaying the
24    following conditions during idle states or on demand: power
25    reset; door open; and door just closed.
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1    history (outcome, intermediate play steps, credits
2    available, bets placed, credits paid, and credits cashed
3    out) for the most recent game played and 10 games prior
4    thereto.
5        (9) The theoretical payback percentage of a video
6    gaming terminal must not be capable of being changed
7    without making a hardware or software change in the video
8    gaming terminal, either on site or via the central
9    communications system.
10        (10) Video gaming terminals must be designed so that
11    replacement of parts or modules required for normal
12    maintenance does not necessitate replacement of the
13    electromechanical meters.
14        (11) It must have nonresettable meters housed in a
15    locked area of the terminal that keep a permanent record of
16    all cash inserted into the machine, all winnings made by
17    the terminal printer, credits played in for video gaming
18    terminals, and credits won by video gaming players. The
19    video gaming terminal must provide the means for on-demand
20    display of stored information as determined by the Board.
21        (12) Electronically stored meter information required
22    by this Section must be preserved for a minimum of 180 days
23    after a power loss to the service.
24        (13) It must have one or more mechanisms that accept
25    cash in the form of bills. The mechanisms shall be designed
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1    slamming, drilling, or other means. If such attempts at
2    physical tampering are made, the video gaming terminal
3    shall suspend itself from operating until reset.
4        (14) It shall have accounting software that keeps an
5    electronic record which includes, but is not limited to,
6    the following: total cash inserted into the video gaming
7    terminal; the value of winning tickets claimed by players;
8    the total credits played; the total credits awarded by a
9    video gaming terminal; and pay back percentage credited to
10    players of each video game.
11        (15) It shall be linked by a central communications
12    system to provide auditing program information as approved
13    by the Board. The central communications system shall use a
14    standard industry protocol, as defined by the Gaming
15    Standards Association, and shall have the functionality to
16    enable the Board or its designee to activate or deactivate
17    individual gaming devices from the central communications
18    system. In no event may the communications system approved
19    by the Board limit participation to only one manufacturer
20    of video gaming terminals by either the cost in
21    implementing the necessary program modifications to
22    communicate or the inability to communicate with the
23    central communications system.
24        (16) The Board, in its discretion, may require video
25    gaming terminals to display Amber Alert messages if the
26    Board makes a finding that it would be economically and



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1    technically feasible and pose no risk to the integrity and
2    security of the central communications system and video
3    gaming terminals.
4    The Board may adopt rules to establish additional criteria
5to preserve the integrity and security of video gaming in this
6State. The central communications system vendor may be licensed
7as a video gaming terminal manufacturer or a video gaming
8terminal distributor, or both, but in no event shall the
9central communications system vendor be licensed as a video
10gaming terminal operator.
11    The Board shall not permit the development of information
12or the use by any licensee of gaming device or individual game
13performance data. Nothing in this Act shall inhibit or prohibit
14the Board from the use of gaming device or individual game
15performance data in its regulatory duties. The Board shall
16adopt rules to ensure that all licensees are treated and all
17licensees act in a non-discriminatory manner and develop
18processes and penalties to enforce those rules.
19(Source: P.A. 98-31, eff. 6-24-13; 98-377, eff. 1-1-14; 98-582,
20eff. 8-27-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)