A new law sponsored by Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Volunteer Emergency Worker Higher Education Protection Act went into effect on Dec. 20, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB744 on Jan. 17, when Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Volunteer Emergency Worker Higher Education Protection Act".
After debate, the House passed the bill on Oct. 29 and it arrived in the Senate on Oct. 30, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on Nov. 14. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on Dec. 20. The law went into effect immediately.
Illinois legislature enacts laws through bills that can be introduced in either the state House of Representatives or the state Senate. Either chamber of the legislature can reject or amend a bill before it becomes law. Legislators sometimes sponsor "shell bills" devoid of substantive provisions, introduced with the intention of being amended later to include actual legislation.
The following table shows the full history of actions on HB744.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Madigan
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Executive Committee
Do Pass / Short Debate Executive Committee; 011-000-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate **
Second Reading - Short Debate
Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate **
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
Approved for Consideration Rules Committee; 004-000-000
Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) November 27, 2019
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Katie Stuart
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Katie Stuart
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Higher Education Committee; 015-000-000
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Higher Education Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 117-000-000
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Norine K. Hammond
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Monica Bristow
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. John J. Cullerton
Alternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Pat McGuire
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As November 14, 2019
Assigned to Higher Education
Do Pass Higher Education; 008-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading November 13, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading November 14, 2019
Third Reading - Passed; 050-000-000
Effective Date December 20, 2019
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0613