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Monday, January 6, 2014

New Illinois Laws for 2014

Each New Year brings in new laws and 2014 is no exception.  The General Assembly was busy last year, bringing Illinois residents a number of new laws that become effective January 1, 2014, including the following:
1.  Concealed Carry - Starting January 5, 2014, Illinois residents can apply for a permit to allow concealed carry for the first time in the state.  (HB 183)
2.  Medical Marijuana - Although the law becomes effective January 1st, the state is still working on the rules and regulations that will apply to dispensaries and cultivation centers.  (HB 1)

3.  Cell Phones - A new law makes it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving unless via a hands-free device. (HB 1247)
 4.  Speed Limits - The maximum speed limit on certain highways will be raised to 70 mph from 65. (SB 2356)

5.  Expanded Voting - 17 year olds may now vote in primaries if they will be 18 by the following general election.  (HB 226)

6.  Social Media Passwords - Schools can no longer ask for a student's social networking password without proper cause.  (HB 64)

7.  Taser Reports and Inspections - Law enforcement agencies will be required to submit to inspections by state officials on the agencies' use of stun guns or Tasers. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is then required to analyze the data and submit a report to the governor.  (HB 131)

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink



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