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.
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
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
Approved for Consideration Rules Committee; 004-000-000
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Executive Committee; 011-000-000
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Zalewski
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Executive Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 114-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Michael E. Hastings
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. Don Harmon
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading November 14, 2019
Do Pass Executive; 016-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Dan McConchie
Third Reading - Passed; 052-000-000
Effective Date December 20, 2019
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0615