For the 2018 legislative session, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has filed a comprehensive legislative agenda that aims to protect taxpayers, enhance government transparency, and improve the Illinois business climate.
As of the House bill filing deadline for 2018, Olsen submitted 22 new House Bills and four House Resolutions for consideration. With the filing deadline now in the rearview mirror, lawmakers now begin the process of moving their bills through the legislative process. “The first step is to ensure that bills are assigned to substantive committees where they can be given a fair hearing,” said Olsen. “Unfortunately, this process is not always easy, and some bills never clear this initial hurdle. So far five of my bills are scheduled for committee hearings and I am hopeful that several more will be assigned for committee action in the coming weeks.”
Only bills that receive a favorable recommendation by a substantive House committee by March 13 advance to the House floor for a full debate and vote. The 2018 deadline for bills to be approved in the House is Friday, April 27. A similar calendar directs Senate action on Senate Bills, and after the April 27 deadline, successful House and Senate bills move to the opposite chamber where the hearing and floor action process is repeated. Only bills that ultimately receive favorable votes in both the House and Senate are forwarded to the Governor for final action.
A full list of Olsen bills for the current 100th General Assembly can be found here. To follow bills that include 2018 bill action, look for legislation with a “last action date” of 2018.