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More laws to come

Laws not quite ready for implementation

PRINCETON — Though the vast majority of new laws signed in 2013 by Gov. Pat Quinn will become effective on Jan. 1, there are other, highly publicized, laws which become active later in the year.

Though the concealed carry law officially goes into effect on Jan. 1, people can’t begin applying for their permits until Jan. 5. Officials have estimated the first permit holders should be able to carry a concealed weapon by April. Quinn signed the concealed weapon bill into law on July 9, making Illinois the last state in the country to allow the concealed carry of firearms.

On Nov. 20, Quinn signed into law a same-sex marriage law, which will become effective June 1, 2014. At that time, same-sex couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses and then marry after the mandatory one-day waiting period. For the past two years, since June 1, 2011, legalized civil unions were the recognized commitment for same-sex couples in Illinois.

On Dec. 5, Quinn signed a long-awaited pension reform bill into law. The new law has a June 1 effective date but could be delayed by legal challenges by the Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA), as well as others. The IRTA has claimed the new law is unconstitutional and unfair to employees and retired state workers, including public school teachers, state university employees and state officials. IRTA Executive Director Jim Bachman has said he expects the IRTA to join forces with other public employee organizations in contesting the constitutionality of the new law.

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