While the new legislative session has yet to begin in earnest, there are already 75 new legislative measures filed with the Senate, while in the House, 484 proposals have been filed for consideration. Over the next several months, the legislation will be heard by dozens of committees – in each chamber – before final votes are taken, most of which occur in May.
New legislation is assigned to committees, based on subject matter. Each committee will hold one or more public hearings, hear testimony – for and against the proposals – before taking an initial vote. Once a proposal wins committee approval, it moves on to the respective chambers for additional debate and approval. The Illinois General Assembly has a detailed explanation of the legislative process on the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” webpage.
Lawmakers return to the State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 29. Senate Committee hearings are already scheduled.