Text Size
Login
config
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box

How a Bill Becomes Law

How A BIll Becomes Law

Introduction of Bills
Only legislators may introduce bills. After a bill is introduced, it is printed and sent to a ­committee for a hearing.

Committee Action
At the committee hearing, citizens may appear and give their views for or against a bill. The committee may recommend that a bill “do pass” or “do not pass.”

Three Readings
Each bill must be read by title on three different days in both the House and Senate before it is passed. In practice, the readings mark key stages in the movement of a bill from introduction to passage.

Amendments to Bills
When a bill is called for its second reading, amendments (changes in wording) previously approved by a standing committee, are adopted. Amendments can be offered by any member, but are usually referred to a standing committee for consideration.

Passage of Bills
When a bill is called for its third reading, it is voted on for passage.  A roll call vote is required, and a majority of the members elected must vote “Yes” to pass a bill, 30 votes in the Senate; 60 votes in the House.

Governor’s Action
Before a bill becomes law, it must be presented to the governor. He may sign a bill into law or send it back to the legislature for changes. He also may veto or reduce an appropriation item, or he may veto the entire bill.

Override of Governor’s Vetoes
The legislature may agree or disagree with the governor’s changes or veto of bills. If the legislature disagrees, it has the power to override the governor’s changes.

Photo of the Day

05232019CM0579POTD
Sign up for The Majority Report HERE
fair tax button
Majority Report Podcast
Find Your Legislator
Monthly Minute

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Holmes works for transparency, taxpayer savings with local government reforms
Friday, 24 May 2019
SPRINGFIELD – Three pieces of legislation from State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) to improve how local governments operate have passed the...

Read More...
IMAGE Martinez passes bill seeking to place teachers in hard-to-staff schools
Friday, 24 May 2019
SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez’s measure expanding the ability of schools and future teachers to participate in the...

Read More...
IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant urges Illinois government agencies to buy American
Friday, 24 May 2019
SPRINGFIELD – To help keep jobs in America, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is sponsoring House Bill 356, which would require state agencies...

Read More...
IMAGE Bennett advocates for investing in UI Extension service programs
Thursday, 23 May 2019
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate passed a measure this week sponsored by Senator Scott Bennett to help provide practical education programs...

Read More...
IMAGE Aquino passes bill to protect student data
Thursday, 23 May 2019
SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) that would protect students against unethical collection of data passed the...

Read More...
Senate Schedule
General Assembly Bills & Resolutions
The Great Pension Debate