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Top 13 New Laws for 2013

Updated: Jan 1, 2013 11:11 PM CST
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2012 was certainly a busy year for lawmakers, who put 150 or so new laws on the books to take effect January 1.

That's a tall order for law enforcement officials who now have to make sure those new rules are followed.

"It's one of those things where our deputies will eventually get accustomed to it, get used to it, and from the top down, we'll be trying to learn it and look for guidance from the State's Attorney on it," said Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd.

With that many laws to get up to speed on, it can be tough for anyone to know where to start.

You can find the full list here: http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/images/PDFS/2012/New_Laws.pdf

To help you get a few basics, in no particular order, here are 13 New Laws for 2013 you should know about:

1) House Bill 3782 - Prohibits employers from asking job applicants to give them access to their social networking accounts, like Facebook.

2) Senate Bill 1566 - Increases basic license plates fees $2, to $101/year - raising as much as $20 million for state parks

3) HB 5101 - Prohibits drivers of commercial vehicles from texting or using handheld devices behind the wheel

4) HB 5280 - Designates a criminal a sexual predator after his or her first conviction for luring a child

5) SB 3579 - Prohibits child sex offenders from participating in holiday events like handing out candy at Halloween or dressing like Santa at Christmas, except under specific circumstances

6) SB 3349 - Creates a diversion program for some first time, non-violent offenders; offenders must comply with all conditions of probation and make restitution when applicable upon successful completion of the program

7) HB 5587 - Requires law enforcement agencies to conduct police officer training programs on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

8) HB 1645 - Creates a "skin tax" for alcohol-serving strip clubs - $3 to be charged at the door - which will go to funding rape crisis centers

9) SB 3452 - Prohibits 'popping wheelies' on motorcycles

10) HB 5211 - Prohibits "bill cramming" by third party vendors adding unauthorized charges to telephone bills

11) HB 5056 - Makes it a crime to use a dead person's handicapped parking sign or license plate

12) HB 4119 - Prohibits possession and sale of shark fins

13) SB 2492 - Allows people who serve on juries to voluntarily give up their jury pay

In Iowa, most of the laws passed in 2012 won't take effect until July 1, 2013, but there are a few that start with the New Year.

Among them: fisherman can now drop a third line in the water under the same fishing license; volunteer firefighters and EMTs are now eligible for a $50 income tax credit; and childcare providers who serve children eligible for state assistance get a rate increase.

About 500 laws will be introduced in the Iowa Legislature's upcoming session, which begins January 14.

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