From social media privacy in the workplace to a ban on shark fins (no, really) and stricter rules for firearms card applicants, more than 150 new laws will take effect in Illinois on New Year’s Day.
As we ring in the New Year here in Illinois, more than 150 new laws will hit the books, including legislation aimed at increasing employee privacy, a new law that cracks down on parents of underage drinkers and more. Here’s a roundup of just some of 2013’s new rules and regulations. Patch Editor Shannon Antinori contributed to this report.
From a new murderer database to stricter seat-belt enforcement, here’s a look at some of the new legislation taking effect in the new year.
As the clock strikes midnight Jan. 1, more than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois, including a database of first-degree murderers, stricter seat-belt enforcement and legislation that gives the public greater access to government information. “Though many Illinois residents may not realize it, every Jan. 1, hundreds of new laws take effect in Illinois," said State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). "While some of the measures will have a greater impact than others, I always think it’s a good idea to let the public know about the new laws—some of them could have a significant influence on someone’s life or career." Here's a look at some of the new laws: Illinois residents and law enforcement agencies will be able…