Illinois kids under 2 must use rear-facing car seats come January

Car seat (Photo credit: Graco)

More than 250 new laws are set to take affect on Jan. 1, 2019 in Illinois.

One of these new laws changes car seat requirements.

Once in effect, kids will have to be secured in rear-facing car seats up until the age of two.

Children weighing more than 40 pounds or that are taller than 40 inches are exempt.

Another new law will allow school, workplaces and places of worship to file for restraining orders.

Lawmakers introduced the bill after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. The bill also updates the state's definition of 'stalking' to include 'cyberstalking'. This is meant to protect people that may be getting unwanted messages on social media.

Another new law exempts nursing mothers from having to serve on juries.

There’s also a new law that will require circuit court buildings to have at least one public lactation room. This room cannot be a restroom, must have an electrical outlet and, if possible, include a sink with running water.

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