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New year, new state laws


Among the activities now illegal are allowing a hunting dog to chase a bear in California, release of a feral hog into the Kentucky wild and, for Illinois sex offenders, work as Santa, pass out Halloween candy or dress as the Easter Bunny.

California and Illinois are among a number of states banning employers from requesting social networking passwords or screen names from prospective employees, the news agency Politico reported Tuesday.

Illinois also made it a felony to have sex with a corpse, after years of relying on a court room charge of "criminal damage to property."

"The death of a loved one is bad enough, but it should be much more than criminal damaged property," state representative Daniel Beiser, who sponsored the bill, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This is a completely appropriate charge."

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