S. 2032 and H.R. 4065 — Smart phones must be installed with a “kill switch” to disable them in case of loss or theft. S. 2032 filed Feb. 12, 2014, by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). H.R. 4065 filed Feb. 14, 2014, by U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.).
S. 2195 — Denies admission to any United Nations representative who poses a security threat to the United States or who has participated in espionage or terrorism. Filed in response to Iran’s appointment of U.N. representative Hamid Aboutalebi, who was involved in the 1979 taking of American hostages in Tehran. Filed April 1, 2014, by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and six co-sponsors including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on April 7, 2014.
Senate Bill 2694 and House Bill 4320 — Outlaws “revenge porn,” or releasing an image of someone naked or having sex and without their consent. Under SB 2694, the charge is a Class 4 felony carrying 1-3 years; under HB 4320, it’s a Class 3 felony (2-5 years). SB 2694 filed Jan. 28, 2014, by Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Matteson). Passed the Senate 52-0 on Feb. 27, 2014. HB 4320 filed Jan. 27, 2014, by Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood). Passed the House 110-2 on March 27, 2014. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes.
House Bill 4594 — Allows law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant in terrorism cases through a videoconference between prosecutor and judge. Filed Feb. 4, 2014, by Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside). Passed the House 107-1 on April 4, 2014. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes.
Senate Bill 2636 — Lets minors with a type of epilepsy smoke marijuana under the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. Filed Jan. 21, 2014, by Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago). Passed the Senate 49-5 on April 2, 2014. Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) voted yes.
Compiled by Tom Collins