A new law sponsored by Sen. Patricia Van Pelt (D-5) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Unified Code of Corrections will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB900 on Jan. 24, when Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy (D-14) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Unified Code of Corrections".
After debate, the House passed the bill and it arrived in the Senate on April 4, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 31. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on Aug. 9. The law is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
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 HB900.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary - Criminal Committee; 012-006-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield
Correctional Note Requested by Rep. Tom Demmer
Fiscal Note Requested by Rep. Tom Demmer
Second Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Delia C. Ramirez
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 067-043-000
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Robert Peters
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Do Pass Criminal Law; 006-003-001
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 9, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 17, 2019
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
Rule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 31, 2019
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Ram Villivalam
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Patricia Van Pelt
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Ann Gillespie
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
Third Reading - Passed; 033-018-000
Effective Date January 1, 2020
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0235