State’s new laws will cover fins, funds, Facebook
SPRINGFIELD – Drivers will pay more to renew their Illinois license plates next year in order to help fund repairs to state parks, strip clubs will have to contribute to rape crisis programs and employers will no longer be allowed to ask job applicants for their social media passwords.
While inaction on the severely underfunded state pension programs took most of the headlines in 2012, lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn adopted about 150 laws that take effect Tuesday and range from prohibiting the possession of shark fins to requiring better reporting of people who should not be issued permits to purchase guns.
Lawmakers return to Springfield just after the New Year’s holiday for an abbreviated version of what had been an ambitious, seven-day session to close out the work of the current General Assembly before a new one is inaugurated Jan. 9.
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