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Federal Bills S. 457 — Awards a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Alice Paul (1885-1977), founder of the National Woman’s Party and advocate for women’s suffrage. Filed March 5, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
H.R. 681 — Washington’s birthday would be celebrated on Feb. 22 rather than on President’s Day (Feb. 18). Filed Feb. 13, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.).
State Bills Public Act 97-0007 — Increases the senior homestead exemption from $4,000 to $5,000. Filed Feb. 15, 2013, by Sen. Andy Manar (D-Staunton). Passed the Senate 54-0 on March 20, 2013. Passed the House 109-2 on April 11, 2013. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes. Signed into law April 23 by Gov. Pat Quinn.
House Bill 772 — Motorists ages 18-21 may not get, or renew, a driver’s license without successfully completing an adult driver education course. Filed Jan. 24, 2013, by Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). Passed the House 112-0 on April 9.
House Bill 2643 — Creates the Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Team to examine the deaths of disabled adults and elderly persons receiving care in private homes. Filed Feb. 21, 2013, by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago). Passed the House 78-33 on April 9. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted no.
House Bill 2897 — Violent offenders may not own body armor. Contains an exemption for cooperating police witnesses. Filed Feb. 25, 2013, by Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Northlake). Passed the House 102-4 on March 22. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes.
House Bill 2893 — Creates a statewide “Blue Alert” program to assist in the apprehension of cop killers. Filed Feb. 25, 2013, by Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago). Passed the House 113-0 on April 11.
—Compiled by Tom Collins
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