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Sen. Harmon-sponsored law amending the Medical Practice Act of 1987 now in effect

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By Metric Media News Service | Dec 25, 2019

A new law sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon (D-39) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Medical Practice Act of 1987 went into effect on Dec. 20, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.

The legislation was introduced in bill HB1271 on Jan. 28, 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 Medical Practice Act of 1987" and "make a technical change in a section concerning the short title".

After debate, the House passed the bill on Oct. 29 and it arrived in the Senate on Oct. 30, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on Nov. 14. The bill was sent to the governor and signed into law on Dec. 20. 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 HB1271.

Date
Chamber
Action
1/28/2019
House
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Madigan
1/29/2019
House
First Reading
1/29/2019
House
Referred to Rules Committee
2/5/2019
House
Assigned to Executive Committee
3/27/2019
House
Do Pass / Short Debate Executive Committee; 011-000-000
3/29/2019
House
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate **
4/11/2019
House
Second Reading - Short Debate
4/11/2019
House
Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate **
4/12/2019
House
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
10/24/2019
House
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
10/28/2019
House
Approved for Consideration Rules Committee; 004-000-000
10/28/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
10/28/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Executive Committee; 011-000-000
10/28/2019
House
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
10/28/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
10/28/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Executive Committee
10/29/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
10/29/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
10/29/2019
House
3/5 Vote Required
10/29/2019
House
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 114-000-000
10/29/2019
House
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
10/30/2019
Senate
Arrive in Senate
10/30/2019
Senate
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Michael E. Hastings
10/30/2019
Senate
First Reading
10/30/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
10/30/2019
Senate
Referred to Assignments
11/6/2019
Senate
Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As November 14, 2019
11/6/2019
Senate
Assigned to Executive
11/12/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Don Harmon
11/13/2019
Senate
Second Reading
11/13/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading November 14, 2019
11/13/2019
Senate
Do Pass Executive; 016-000-000
11/13/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
11/14/2019
House
Passed Both Houses
11/14/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Dan McConchie
11/14/2019
Senate
3/5 Vote Required
11/14/2019
Senate
Third Reading - Passed; 052-000-000
12/13/2019
House
Sent to the Governor
12/20/2019
House
Effective Date December 20, 2019
12/20/2019
House
Governor Approved
12/20/2019
House
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0615

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