A new law sponsored by Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB2605 on Feb. 14, when Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code".
After debate, the House passed the bill on April 9 and it arrived in the Senate on April 10, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 16. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on July 19. 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 HB2605.
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Fred Crespo
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School
Moved to Suspend Rule 21 Rep. Gregory Harris
Suspend Rule 21 - Prevailed
Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School; 008-000-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Morrison
Second Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Thomas Morrison
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Fred Crespo
Remove Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Thomas Morrison
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Keith P. Sommer
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan Carroll
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 113-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Sue Rezin
Do Pass Education; 011-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 7, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 15, 2019
Third Reading - Passed; 056-000-000
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Pat McGuire
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
Effective Date January 1, 2020
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0094