New laws for 2012

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    More than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois at midnight Jan. 1.

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    More than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois at midnight Jan. 1. Here is a sampling:

    *All backseat passengers are required to wear a seatbelt.

    *Individuals convicted of domestic battery are not eligible to obtain or keep a FOID card. Individuals with restraining orders against them must surrender their FOID card until the order expires.

    *Andrea’s Law requires all former first-degree murder convicts to be on a registry for 10 years following their release from prison.

    *New penalties for selling synthetic marijuana.

    *Individuals found guilty of manufacturing or delivering drugs that precipitated an emergency response will be liable for the emergency costs and additional fines.

    *The natural mother, father or spouse of an Illinois veteran who was killed in the line of duty is entitled to admission to Illinois veterans homes if space permits.

    *Mandatory maximum fines for a person who has multiple convictions of driving an uninsured vehicle.

    *A non-CDL holder school bus driver will be subject to reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing.

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