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December 17, 2003

Blagojevich approves bill to allow use of voice stress analysis technology by law enforcement
Governor signs other measures approved during fall veto session

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today approved legislation that adds voice stress analysis to polygraph tests for lie detection as an investigative aid to law enforcement officers in criminal investigations.

The technology is permitted in at least 44 other states, including all the states that surround Illinois. Under terms of the legislation, administration of a voice stress analyzer test must be by a trained law enforcement officer.  In addition the test cannot be used at routine traffic stops or be administered without written consent.  Like polygraph tests, voice stress analyzer tests are not admissible in court.
The legislation (House Bill 577) was approved unanimously by both the House and Senate and is effective immediately.  It was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Eileen Lyons, R-Western Springs; Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago; Carolyn Krause, R-Mount Prospect; Mary Kay O’Brien, D-Watseka; and JoAnn Osmond, R-Antioch; and in the Senate by state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale.
Other bills signed today by the Governor include:
Senate Bill 771
An Act Concerning:  Banking
Description:  Amends the Illinois Banking Act to add the purchase of stock in a Federal Home Loan Bank to the list of purchases and holdings that are exempt from limitations imposed by the act. 
Action:  Approved
Effective Date:  Immediate
Sponsors:  Senate:  Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood; and Emil Jones, D-Chicago; and Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa.  House:  Joseph Lyons, D-Chicago; Sidney Mathias, R-Buffalo Grove; Suzanne Bassi, R-Palatine; Angelo Saviano, R-Elmwood Park; and Thomas Holbrook, D-Belleville.
Senate Bill 1149
An Act Concerning:  Vehicles
Description:  Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to require that a lien holder must release or forward a vehicle title no longer than 21 days – 10 days if the payment came in the form of cash, cashier’s check or certified check – after payment in satisfaction of a security interest in the vehicle is received.  If the lien holder does not provide the title within the appropriate timeframes, they are liable for a $150 fine, plus reasonable attorney fees to the person who was supposed to receive the title.
Action:  Approved
Effective Date:  Immediate
Sponsors:  Senate:  George Shadid, D-Edwards; Larry Bomke, R-Springfield; Dale Righter, R-Mattoon; and Adeline Geo-Karis, R-Zion.  House: Dan Reitz, D-Steeleville.


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