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NewsTribune Senior Reporter
Public Law 112-218 — The No-Hassle Flying Act streamlines baggage security measures for international flights. Among the redundancies eliminated is a requirement that overseas passengers returning to the United States have their bags screened twice. S. 3542 filed Sept. 13, 2012, by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on Nov. 29, 2012. A House companion measure, H.R. 6028, was filed June 26, 2012, by U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and passed the House by voice vote on Sept. 11, 2012. Signed into law Dec. 20, 2012, by President Barack Obama.
H.R. 8 — The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 avoids, in large part, the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Filed July 24, 2012. Passed the U.S. House 256-171 on Aug. 1, 2012. U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) voted yes. Amended version passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 on Jan. 1, 2012. House concurred 257-167 on Jan. 1; Kinzinger and Schock again voted yes.
State Bills that died in 2012:
House Bill 3924 — Requires the Illinois Tollway to get joint approval from both houses in Springfield before raising tolls. Filed Dec. 14, 2011, by Rep. Richard Morthland (R-Moline).
House Bill 3932 — Deadbeat dads owing $10,000 or more in back child support may not be appointed to public office. Filed Dec. 20, 2011, by Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock).
House Bill 3942 — Faith-based charities may decline to provide adoption services to same-sex couples. Filed Dec. 28, 2011, by Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Edwardsville).
House Bills 4004 and 5364 — Requires drug screening for welfare assistance. HB4004 filed Jan. 18, 2012, by Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport). HB5364 filed Feb. 8, 2012, by Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur).
—Compiled by Tom Collins
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