New Year Means New Laws In Illinois

By Vanessa Johnson

December 27, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM CDT

Springfield, Ill. -- January 1 is bringing in much more than the new year. In Illinois, this Sunday marks the beginning of more than 200 new laws.

State lawmakers have been busy at work enacting new legislation that ranges from new requirements for landlords, added benefits for veterans, and stricter penalties for electronic threats.

House Bill 3281 will allow school boards to expel students for their actions on social media sites. Cyber bullying, posting of threatening messages to fellow students, school faculty and staff, and school property, along with any other action deemed as negatively impacting the focus on education are means for expulsion under the new law.

Your garbage won't just be your business anymore. The E-waste bill bans electronic disposal through regular garbage collection.

Instead, residents will be required to recycle the items through approved collectors.

Motorcycle riders and bicyclists will be allowed to go through red lights after waiting a reasonable amount of time, come Sunday.

And the broadest law to take effect on January 1 is the new seat belt regulation, requiring all passengers to buckle up.

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