The Rules Committees is a powerful standing committee in the House controlled by the majority. All legislation is assigned to the Rules Committee as a kind of legislative filter that sorts the more-than-6,000 bills introduced each year. The committee considers the legislation and often assigns it to other committees in order to be heard by other lawmakers. Sometimes, legislation dies in the Rules Committee if the committee decides it does not merit further consideration, occasionally leading to objections from the minority party that just a few legislators from the majority have the power to completely kill their legislation. Minority party members have objected that this makes it difficult or impossible for them to represent their constituents.
The bill, as it was introduced in the House by Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31) on March 12, "appropriates $2,885,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Children and Family Services to make grants to assist the Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates" and "effective July 1, 2019," according to the General Assembly website.
The following house representatives also co-sponsored the bill: Terra Costa Howard (D-48), Sara Feigenholtz (D-12), LaToya Greenwood (D-114) and Natalie A. Manley (D-98).
The table below shows a history of actions for this bill through March 13.