A new law sponsored by Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114) that was introduced with the purpose of amending the Cannabis Control Act went into effect on Aug. 20, according to the official Illinois General Assembly website.
The legislation was introduced in bill HB160 on Dec. 12, 2018, when Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31) filed it with the House clerk.
According to the General Assembly website, the bill as introduced was designed to "amend the Cannabis Control Act".
After debate, the House passed the bill on March 28 and it arrived in the Senate on April 3, and both chambers agreed to the final version of the legislation on May 24. The bill was sent to the governor on Aug. 20 and was signed into law on Aug. 22. The law is scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 20.
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 HB160.
Prefiled with Clerk by Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Referred to Rules Committee
Assigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Mary E. Flowers
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
Do Pass as Amended / Short Debate Judiciary - Criminal Committee; 019-000-000
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Judiciary - Criminal Committee; by Voice Vote
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Judiciary - Criminal Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Tony McCombie
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Margo McDermed
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Second Reading - Short Debate
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 061-049-000
Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading
Rule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As May 17, 2019
Alternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Christopher Belt
Rule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As May 24, 2019
Do Pass Criminal Law; 007-003-000
Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 23, 2019
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 24, 2019
Third Reading - Passed; 030-018-000
Public Act . . . . . . . . . 101-0429
Effective Date August 20, 2019