New Year Brings New Laws and Proposals

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We’ve been apart of 2017 for almost 24 hours now, and soon legislators will be hard at work. 
 
Both Illinois and Indiana will be seeing many changes in 2017, with more to appear as the year continues.
 
2017 new law proposals for Indiana: 
 
Gun rights advocates are hoping that this years legislative session will allow for elimination of permits to carry handguns. 
 
Advocates say the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not being followed because of licensing requirements and fees. 
 
Republican State Representative Jim Lucas will spearhead the bill making when lawmakers convene.
 
Income taxes will decline.
 
Personal income tax rate will drop from 3.3 to 3.23 percent.
 
Meanwhile, the 2017 general assembly will be debating on increases to toll highways and interstates and gasoline tax. 
 
2017 new laws for Illinois: 
 
Tampon tax will not be the same as the taxing on other items, like shampoo. 
 
Birth control coverage will be revamped in the new year as well as retirement plans. 
 
Any workers who earned $13.50 or less an hour cannot be forced to sign a non-compete agreement. 
 
Sick days will now be less strict, as companies are now forced to provide greater flexibility in employees using their sick days. 
 
More than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois. 
 
To view the full list, please visit the Illinois General Assembly website here

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