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Federal Bills H.R. 2306 — Decriminalizes marijuana. Filed June 23, 2011, by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). S. 2272 — Changes the name of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley (for former president William McKinley) to Mt. Denali. Filed March 29, 2012, by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (D-Alaska). State Bills Public Act 97-0733 — Bans the selling and trading of shark fins in Illinois, which are harvested and typically used in shark fin soup and Asian cuisine. Frequently, sharks are caught and their fins cut off to be sold or traded; the shark is then thrown finless back into the ocean where it bleeds to death or drowns. House Bill 4119 filed Jan. 25, 2012, by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). Passed the House 81-33 on March 8, 2012. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted no. Passed the Senate 41-13 on May 15, 2012. Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) voted yes. Signed into law July 2, 2012, by Gov. Pat Quinn. Public Act 97-0736 — Provides that compensation of township officers shall be for time served, and no officer may receive compensation for any future or anticipated days of duty. Effective immediately. Senate Bill 3324 filed Feb. 7, 2012, by Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon). Passed the Senate 53-0 on March 22, 2012. Passed the House 112-0 on April 26, 2012. Signed into law July 3, 2012, by Gov. Pat Quinn. Public Act 97-0739 — Veterans will receive a unique distinction on their driver’s licenses and identification cards. This will enable the IDVA and other state agencies to more efficiently identify veterans for services and benefits, such as healthcare, education assistance, and job placement. The Secretary of State will implement the change by Jan. 1, 2015. Senate Bill 2837 filed Jan. 24, 2012, by Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake). Passed the Senate 55-0 on March 28, 2012. Amended version passed the House 112-0 on May 28, 2012. Senate concurred 54-0 on May 30, 2012. Signed into law July 5, 2012, by Gov. Pat Quinn. Public Act 97-0738 — Establishes the Illinois Veteran Conservation Corps and Illinois Veteran Recreation Corps to the Illinois Conservation Corps. Under the new law, unemployed Illinois veterans and members of Illinois National Guard between the ages of 15 and 25 are eligible for year-round conservation and environmental employment in the corps. Effective immediately. House Bill 4586 filed Feb. 1, 2012, by Rep. Will Davis (D-Chicago). Passed the House 117-0 on Feb. 28, 2012. Passed the Senate 59-0 on May 22, 2012. Signed into law July 5, 2012, by Gov. Pat Quinn. Public Act 97-0740 — Makes employment and job training organizations eligible to receive grants through the Veterans Assistance Fund. Recipients provide health care and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, housing assistance, disability benefits and other services to Illinois Veterans. Effective immediately. Senate Bill 3689 filed Feb. 10, 2012, by Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville). Passed the Senate 54-0 on March 29, 2012. Passed the House 101-4 on May 26, 2012. Signed into law July 5, 2012, by Gov. Pat Quinn. —Compiled by Tom Collins
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