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.

COVID19 Resources
Find Your Legislator
Monthly Minute

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Collins calls for reinvestment in community as businesses repair after nights of unrest
Thursday, 04 June 2020
CHICAGO – In the wake of nights of protest over police misconduct that have resulted in damage to businesses all across the country, State Senator...

Read More...
IMAGE Harris: In order to cure this infection, leaders must provide real hope and opportunity to the marginalized
Thursday, 04 June 2020
DOLTON – In response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, State Senator Napoleon Harris, III (D-Harvey) released...

Read More...
IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant: We must change. We must do better. Together.
Thursday, 04 June 2020
PLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) released the following statement Wednesday: “As we collectively experience...

Read More...
IMAGE Hunter: Looting will end, black Americans will continue to live and die under police violence without real reforms
Thursday, 04 June 2020
CHICAGO— State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) released the following statement in response to protests and riots in Chicago brought on by the...

Read More...
IMAGE Munoz: George Floyd’s murder is not what I stood for as an officer
Thursday, 04 June 2020
CHICAGO – As thousands protest for justice in the murder of George Floyd, Chicago has seen destruction and violence that is causing division...

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