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Rep. Smith-sponsored law creating the Re-Entering Citizens Civics Education Act goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 28, 2019

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A new law sponsored by Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34) that was introduced with the purpose of creating the Re-Entering Citizens Civics Education Act will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.

The legislation was introduced in bill HB2541 on Feb. 13, when Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6) filed it with the House clerk.

According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "create the Re-Entering Citizens Civics Education Act".

After debate, the House passed the bill on April 10 and it arrived in the House on May 23, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 29. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on Aug. 21. 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 HB2541.

Date
Chamber
Action
2/13/2019
House
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Sonya M. Harper
2/13/2019
House
First Reading
2/13/2019
House
Referred to Rules Committee
2/26/2019
House
Assigned to Appropriations-Public Safety Committee
3/5/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi
3/6/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. William Davis
3/26/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Nicholas K. Smith
3/26/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Swanson
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sue Scherer
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Celina Villanueva
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Hernandez
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Delia C. Ramirez
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield
3/27/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
3/27/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Justin Slaughter
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Amy Grant
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Sam Yingling
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kathleen Willis
3/27/2019
House
Do Pass / Short Debate Appropriations-Public Safety Committee; 010-000-000
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Bob Morgan
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Margo McDermed
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Thaddeus Jones
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. André Thapedi
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Natalie A. Manley
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Anne Stava-Murray
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Anna Moeller
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
3/27/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II
3/27/2019
House
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
3/29/2019
House
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
4/4/2019
House
Second Reading - Short Debate
4/4/2019
House
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
4/10/2019
House
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 102-009-001
4/10/2019
Senate
Arrive in Senate
4/10/2019
Senate
First Reading
4/10/2019
Senate
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Robert Peters
4/10/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
4/10/2019
Senate
Referred to Assignments
4/24/2019
Senate
Assigned to Criminal Law
5/2/2019
Senate
Postponed - Criminal Law
5/7/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
5/7/2019
Senate
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Robert Peters
5/7/2019
Senate
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
5/8/2019
Senate
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-8(b-1), this amendment will remain in the Committee on Assignments.
5/8/2019
Senate
Do Pass Criminal Law; 010-000-000
5/8/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 9, 2019
5/9/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Ann Gillespie
5/14/2019
Senate
Second Reading
5/14/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 15, 2019
5/16/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford
5/17/2019
Senate
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Assignments
5/17/2019
Senate
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Robert Peters
5/21/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino
5/21/2019
Senate
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Assignments Refers to Criminal Law
5/21/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Ram Villivalam
5/21/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. John G. Mulroe
5/21/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Andy Manar
5/22/2019
Senate
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommend Do Adopt Criminal Law; 010-000-000
5/23/2019
House
Arrived in House
5/23/2019
House
Placed on Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendment(s) 2
5/23/2019
Senate
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted; Peters
5/23/2019
Senate
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 5-4(a)
5/23/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Christopher Belt
5/23/2019
Senate
Recalled to Second Reading
5/23/2019
Senate
Third Reading - Passed; 058-000-000
5/23/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
5/26/2019
House
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Referred to Rules Committee
5/26/2019
House
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Rules Referred to Appropriations-Public Safety Committee
5/26/2019
House
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion Filed Concur Rep. Sonya M. Harper
5/27/2019
House
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Recommends Be Adopted Appropriations-Public Safety Committee; 012-000-000
5/29/2019
House
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 House Concurs 113-001-000
5/29/2019
House
Passed Both Houses
5/29/2019
House
House Concurs
6/27/2019
House
Sent to the Governor
8/21/2019
House
Effective Date January 1, 2020
8/21/2019
House
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0441
8/21/2019
House
Governor Approved

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