A new law sponsored by Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill SB1609 on Feb. 15, when Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17) filed it with the Senate clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963".
The Senate passed the bill and it arrived in the House on March 26, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 30. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on Aug. 16. 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 SB1609.
Filed with Secretary by Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
Do Pass Criminal Law; 007-003-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 13, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading March 14, 2019
Chief House Sponsor Rep. Justin Slaughter
Third Reading - Passed; 031-018-000
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary - Criminal Committee; 012-007-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Gregory Harris
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Justin Slaughter
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
Second Reading - Short Debate
Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 31, 2019
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
Added Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 062-052-000
Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Jawaharial Williams
Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment(s) 1 - May 30, 2019
Secretary's Desk - Concurrence House Amendment(s) 1
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Referred to Assignments
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Assignments Referred to Criminal Law
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Filed with Secretary Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Senate Concurs 037-019-000
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion To Concur Recommended Do Adopt Criminal Law; 006-001-000
Effective Date January 1, 2020
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0408