A new law sponsored by Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4) 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 SB1610 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 6, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 23. 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 SB1610.
Filed with Secretary by Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford
Do Pass Criminal Law; 009-001-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading March 6, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
Chief House Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
Referred to Rules Committee
Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III
Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
Third Reading - Passed; 044-014-000
Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Assigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary - Criminal Committee; 017-000-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Justin Slaughter
Second Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 084-032-000
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0409
Effective Date January 1, 2020