A new law sponsored by Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Out-of-State Person Subject to Involuntary Admission on an Inpatient Basis Mental Health Treatment Act went into effect on Aug. 23, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB2459 on Feb. 13, when Rep. Michael Halpin (D-72) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Out-of-State Person Subject to Involuntary Admission on an Inpatient Basis Mental Health Treatment Act".
After debate, the House passed the bill and it arrived in the Senate on March 27, 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. 23. 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 HB2459.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Michael Halpin
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Mental Health Committee
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Daniel Swanson
Do Pass / Short Debate Mental Health Committee; 018-000-000
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Deb Conroy
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jeff Keicher
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Charles Meier
Second Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 112-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Neil Anderson
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Ram Villivalam
Assigned to Human Services
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 7, 2019
Do Pass Human Services; 009-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 17, 2019
Rule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 31, 2019
Third Reading - Passed; 057-000-000
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Tony McCombie
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0472
Effective Date August 23, 2019