A new law sponsored by Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code went into effect on July 26, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB3446 on Feb. 15, when Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr. (D-5) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code".
After debate, the House passed the bill on March 29 and it arrived in the Senate on April 3, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 17. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on July 26. 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 HB3446.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Personnel & Pensions Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert Martwick
Do Pass / Short Debate Personnel & Pensions Committee; 006-002-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Second Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 091-005-000
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino
Assigned to Government Accountability and Pensions
Do Pass Government Accountability and Pensions; 009-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 2, 2019
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 16, 2019
Third Reading - Passed; 053-000-000
Effective Date July 26, 2019
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0151