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.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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