A new law sponsored by Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Messages Tax Act went into effect on Jan. 14, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB961 on Jan. 28, 2019, when Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Messages Tax Act" and "make a technical change in a section concerning the short title".
After debate, the House passed the bill and it arrived in the Senate on Oct. 30, 2019, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on Nov. 14, 2019. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on Jan. 14. 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 HB961.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Madigan
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Executive Committee
Do Pass / Short Debate Executive Committee; 011-000-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate **
Second Reading - Short Debate
Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate **
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
Approved for Consideration Rules Committee; 004-000-000
Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) November 27, 2019
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Fred Crespo
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Fred Crespo
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Revenue & Finance Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Bradley Stephens
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Revenue & Finance Committee; 014-000-000
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Morrison
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 111-000-000
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan Carroll
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Laura Ellman
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As November 14, 2019
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Bill Cunningham
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Ann Gillespie
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading November 14, 2019
Do Pass Revenue; 007-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Third Reading - Passed; 053-000-000
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0622
Effective Date January 14, 2020