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Federal Bills H.R. 904 — Establishes a fund to pay claims filed by Americans held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Iran from 1979-1981. Filed Feb. 28, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and nine co-sponsors including U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). H.R. 501 — The Marijuana Tax Equity Act of 2013 would impose excise tax on the legalized sale of marijuana by producers or importers of such drug equal to 50 percent of the sales price. Filed Feb. 5, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).
State Bills Senate Bill 1620 — Makes it illegal to “wantonly waste” or destroy usable meat from game animals. SB 1620 filed Feb. 13, 2013, by Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria). Passed the Senate 56-0 on April 10, 2013. Passed the House 117-0 on May 8, 2013. House Bill 1 — Legalizes medical marijuana, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Filed Jan. 6, 2013, by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie). Passed the House 61-57 on April 17, 2013. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted no. Passed the Senate 35-21 on May 17, 2013. Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) voted no. Public Act 97-0014 — Anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face extended prison time. SB 1005 filed Jan. 24, 2013, by Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago). Passed the Senate 52-0 on April 24, 2013. Passed the House 102-6 on May 10, 2013. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) voted yes. Signed into law May 20 by Gov. Pat Quinn. —Compiled by Tom Collins
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