It's going to be a busy start to 2024 in Illinois as authorities begin to put into practice new laws that were passed this year. The new measures involve teen voting, book bans and distracted driving among many other issues.

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The Illinois Secretary of State issued a press release through email today announcing all of the new things coming in 2024 for residents in the Land of Lincoln. Here are a few of the new laws effective January 1, 2024:

Combating Distracted Driving

One of the new laws announced by the Illinois Secretary of State is House Bill 2341 which says there's a new law "making it illegal to Zoom, watch or stream videos, or access social media sites while driving".

Expanding Voter Registration for Teens

Senate Bill 2123 now allows Illinois teens aged 16 and 17 to pre-register to vote. The hope is that preparing teens early will mean greater participation once they turn 18 and are immediately eligible.

Preventing Book Bans

House Bill 2789 makes it illegal to ban books in Illinois. This is the first measure of its type in the nation according to the press release.

Protecting Motorist Privacy

House Bill 2389 limits the use of automatic license plate readers in Illinois in an effort to protect the privacy of those entering and leaving the state.

Better Library Access

Senate Bill 2419 is a measure attempting to negotiate lower prices on digital books making them more readily available in Illinois.

The Illinois Secretary of State's website has more details on the new legislation that residents will be living under in the new year.

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