Reick measure meant to make relocation easier on military personnel
Military servicemen and women now have greater freedom to cancel and suspend contractual services if called to relocate thanks to legislation from Rep. Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) that Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed into law, according to a press release.
House Bill 2449 is Reick's first legislation to be made into law since he joined the House in January. The law covers internet, television, cable, gym memberships and satellite radio services, and allows active-duty service members to terminate or suspend their contracts if they have received orders to relocate for at least 90 days. They can provide notice via writing or email, and the service termination or suspension is effective immediately. The law also allows them to resume the original provisions of any contracts they had upon their return.
“We have an existing Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act, but the Act did not provide protections in all contractual service areas,” Reick said in the press release. “These servicemen and women have answered a call to serve and at times they are asked to relocate with very little notice. The least we can do is ensure that their service does not lead to diminished credit ratings due to non-payment of bills tied to services they are not using back home.”