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Federal Bills H.R. 2839 and S. 1956 — Creates review boards allowed to reverse unfavorable military discharges handed down to service members discharged because of sexual orientation. Filed July 25, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and 138 co-sponsors. S. 1956 filed Jan. 16, 2014, by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).
H.R. 3600 and S. 2014 — The GI Education Benefits Fairness Act extends educational benefits to foster children and wards of eligible GIs, not just to biological children. H.R. 3600 filed Nov. 21, 2013, by Bill Foster (D-Ill.). S. 2014 filed Feb. 11 by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
State Bills House Bill 4581 — An employer may not require an employee to use earned vacation time to serve as an election judge. Filed Feb. 4, 2014, by Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago). Passed the House 103-0 on March 19.
Senate Bill 2694 and House Bill 4320 — Outlaws “revenge porn,” or releasing an image of someone naked or having sex and without their consent. The charge is a Class 4 felony carrying 1-3 years, with enhancements up to 15 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 by Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood). Passed the House Judiciary Committee 14-0 on March 20.
House Bill 4245 — Requires courts to release first-time, non-violent offenders on their own recognizance. Filed Jan. 21, 2014, by Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago). Passed House Judiciary Committee March 24.
House Bill 4612 — Two or more school districts sharing the same boundaries may combine transportation activities to save money. Filed Feb. 4, 2014, by Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove). Passed the House Elementary & Secondary Education Commi-ttee 14-0 on March 25.
—Compiled by Tom Collins
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