A new law sponsored by Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the State Employee Health Savings Account Law went into effect on Dec. 20, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB392 on Jan. 17, 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 State Employee Health Savings Account Law" 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, 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 HB392.
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
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Joyce Mason
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Joyce Mason
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Adoption & Child Welfare Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Adoption & Child Welfare Committee; 012-000-000
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Fred Crespo
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 113-000-001
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. John J. Cullerton
Alternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Julie A. Morrison
Assigned to Human Services
Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As November 14, 2019
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Melinda Bush
Do Pass Human Services; 008-000-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading November 13, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading November 14, 2019
Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
Third Reading - Passed; 050-000-000
Effective Date December 20, 2019
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0612