Some new Illinois laws to take effect Jan. 1

(MGN Online)

The following laws will take place in Illinois starting January 1st.

- Allows pet owners to create partial or joint custody for pets upon dissolution of a marriage

- Allows a school bus to be used to transport passengers other than students to non?school based events without changing the registration and license plates on the bus

- Adds a "veteran" designation to death certificates

- Creates tougher sentencing guidelines for repeat gun offenders while working to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison

- Allows DNR to establish rules for the public to scatter ashes in a State park

- Bans African and Asian elephants in circuses and traveling animal acts

- Allows county animal control agencies to use funds for Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return programs for feral cats

- Clarifies that no person shall operate, register, or maintain registration of a motor vehicle anywhere in the state (including on private property) unless the vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy

- Includes intimidation, stalking, cyberstalking, or transmission of obscene messages as possible hate crimes and creates a civil penalty for hate crimes

- Allows for the electronic delivery of auto insurance documents

Click here to read the entire list of new laws.

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