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Rep. Hammond-sponsored law amending the Volunteer Emergency Worker Higher Education Protection Act now in effect

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By Metric Media News Service | Dec 25, 2019

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A new law sponsored by Rep. Norine K. Hammond (R-93) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Volunteer Emergency Worker Higher Education Protection Act went into effect on Dec. 20, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.

The legislation was introduced in bill HB744 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 Volunteer Emergency Worker Higher Education Protection Act".

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 HB744.

Date
Chamber
Action
1/17/2019
House
Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Michael J. Madigan
1/18/2019
House
First Reading
1/18/2019
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 **
4/10/2019
House
Second Reading - Short Debate
4/10/2019
House
Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate **
4/12/2019
House
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
10/21/2019
House
Approved for Consideration Rules Committee; 004-000-000
10/21/2019
House
Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) November 27, 2019
10/21/2019
House
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
10/24/2019
House
Chief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Katie Stuart
10/25/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Katie Stuart
10/25/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
10/28/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Higher Education Committee; 015-000-000
10/28/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Higher Education Committee
10/29/2019
House
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
10/29/2019
House
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 117-000-000
10/29/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Norine K. Hammond
10/29/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons
10/29/2019
House
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Monica Bristow
10/29/2019
House
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
10/30/2019
Senate
Arrive in Senate
10/30/2019
Senate
First Reading
10/30/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
10/30/2019
Senate
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. John J. Cullerton
10/30/2019
Senate
Referred to Assignments
10/31/2019
Senate
Alternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Pat McGuire
11/1/2019
Senate
Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
11/6/2019
Senate
Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As November 14, 2019
11/6/2019
Senate
Assigned to Higher Education
11/12/2019
Senate
Do Pass Higher Education; 008-000-000
11/12/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading November 13, 2019
11/13/2019
Senate
Second Reading
11/13/2019
Senate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading November 14, 2019
11/14/2019
House
Passed Both Houses
11/14/2019
Senate
Third Reading - Passed; 050-000-000
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 . . . . . . . . . 101-0613

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