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Quinn signs package of public safety legislation

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In this photo made Dec. 8, 2009, Kelly Norby searches coupontom.com on her Blackberry to find coupons for Yoplait brand yogurt at a Target store in Wheeling, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) By M. Spencer Green In this photo made Dec. 8, 2009, Kelly Norby searches coupontom.com on her Blackberry to find coupons for Yoplait brand yogurt at a Target store in Wheeling, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) By M. Spencer Green

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a package of public safety legislation that includes new provisions about "sexting" and child sexual abuse.
   Under one bill, minors who send indecent photos of other minors electronically, for instance by text message, can be taken into custody.
   Those minors are then subject to adjudication or supervision.
   The new law creates a standalone category for minors so that they aren't considered child pornographers and don't have to register as sex offenders.
   Another bill makes it a crime to sexually exploit a child using a computer or Internet-based software.
   The law is aimed at catching sex offenders who use online chat rooms to interact with people they believe to be children.
   The laws go into effect Jan. 1.
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