Monday, December 31 2012, 11:29 PM CST
New Year Brings New State Laws
Starting in 2013, an adult entertainment surcharge goes into effect. It
requires either a $3 entry fee into a strip club or requires club owners
to pay an annual surcharge. Proceeds will mainly go to the Sexual
Assault Prevention Fund.
A couple of new laws designed to protect
children will hit the books in 2013. Sex offenders can no longer hand
out candy at Halloween or participate in other holiday events involving
kids. Known as Caylee's Law, this new law increases penalties for
failing to report the disappearance or death of a child 13 years or
younger within 24 hours.
Licensed daycare homes and group daycare homes must be tested for radon every three years.
Also in 2013, penalties will stiffen for parents who allow underage drinking on any property they own.
plate renewal fees will go up $2. That money will go to the Department
of Natural Resources to help them operate state parks.
officials can now ask boaters to clean their seaplanes or boats of
aquatic plants or animals before they hit the water. They hope this will
prevent the spread of invasive species.
In 2013, you will not be allowed to talk on a cell phone when driving in a construction zone or maintenance zone.
Truck drivers, with some exceptions, will not be able to use a hand-held cell phone at all.
Scrap metal dealers buying copper will now have to keep more detailed records of who they are buying from.
can no longer request or require current or prospective employees to
provide account information on social media web sites like Facebook.
Salaries of all public employees, including county, township and city workers will now be posted on a public website.
convicted of domestic violence can no longer carry a FOID card. State
police will also be notified anytime a local court determines that a
person has a "mental disability" that might make that person unsuitable
for gun ownership.