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2/22/2014 11:16:00 PM
Follow that Bill

NT Staff

Federal Bills
S. 1410 — The Smarter Sentencing Act reduces 5-, 10-, and 20-year mandatory minimum sentences to 2, 5 and 10 years, respectively, for certain drug offenses. Also gives judges more leeway when sentencing people who do not pose a public safety risk. Filed July 31, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

H.R. 357 and S. 2014 — The GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act allows veterans to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at any public college or university. H.R. 357 filed Jan. 23, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.). Passed the U.S. House 390-0 on Feb. 3, 2014. S. 2014 filed Feb. 11, 2014, by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

State Bills
Senate Bill 2661 — Small grade schools can farm out special-ed students to larger, neighboring school districts. Filed Jan. 21, 2014, by Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Matteson).

House Bill 4198 — Renames a portion of Route 50 between Kankakee and Skokie for Nelson Mandela. Filed Jan. 13, 2014, by Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago).

Senate Bill 2679 — No more day-for-day good time for convicts serving time for second-degree murder. Good time now is limited to 7½ days per month. Filed Jan. 28, 2014, by Sen. Andy Manar (D-Staunton).

House Bill 4236 — No court-supervised drug and alcohol treatment for stalkers. Filed Jan. 17, 2014, by Rep. Lawrence Walsh Jr. (D-Joliet).

Senate Bill 2784 — Requires public library to use filters to block obscene images or child pornography to minors. Filed Jan. 30, 2014, by Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago).

—Compiled by Tom Collins

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