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90_SC0014 ILCON Art. IV, Sec. 1 ILCON Art. IV, Sec. 8 Proposes to amend the Illinois Constitution with respect to legislative powers. Authorizes electors to propose bills by petition. Provides for submission of such bills to both houses of the General Assembly and for record votes to be taken. Effective upon approval by the electors. LRB9002312DJpcA LRB9002312DJpcA 1 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 3 WHEREAS, We are, in the words of President Abraham 4 Lincoln, a "government of the people, by the people, and for 5 the people"; and 6 WHEREAS, An amendment to the Illinois Constitution built 7 upon the Lincoln principles of government will serve to 8 strengthen our democracy; and 9 WHEREAS, The petition rights of our citizens are central 10 to our form of self-government; therefore, be it 11 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 12 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 13 CONCURRING HEREIN, that there shall be submitted to the 14 electors of the State for adoption or rejection at the 15 general election next occurring at least 6 months after the 16 adoption of this resolution a proposition to amend Sections 1 17 and 8 of Article IV of the Constitution as follows: 18 ARTICLE IV 19 THE LEGISLATURE 20 (ILCON Art. IV, Sec. 1) 21 SECTION 1. LEGISLATURE - POWER AND STRUCTURE 22 (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the 23 legislative power is vested in a General Assembly consisting 24 of a Senate and a House of Representatives, elected by the 25 electors from 59 Legislative Districts and 118 Representative 26 Districts. 27 (b) The electors reserve to themselves the legislative 28 power to propose bills by petition for consideration by the 29 General Assembly as provided in subsection (b-5) of Section 30 8. -2- LRB9002312DJpcA 1 (Source: Amendment adopted at general election November 4, 2 1980.) 3 (ILCON Art. IV, Sec. 8) 4 SECTION 8. PASSAGE OF BILLS 5 (a) The enacting clause of the laws of this State shall 6 be: "Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 7 represented in the General Assembly." 8 (b) The General Assembly shall enact laws only by bill. 9 Except as provided in subsection (b-5), bills may originate 10 in either house, but may be amended or rejected by the other. 11 (b-5) Bills may be proposed by a petition signed by a 12 number of electors equal in number to at least 6% of the 13 total votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding 14 gubernatorial election. A petition shall contain the text of 15 the bill, shall have been signed by the petitioning electors 16 not more than one year preceding the filing of the petition, 17 and shall be filed with the Secretary of State not earlier 18 than the second Wednesday in January in any year and not 19 later than the fourth Wednesday in March in that year. The 20 procedure for determining the validity and sufficiency of a 21 petition shall be provided by law, but the procedure shall 22 take not longer than 30 days. 23 If a petition is determined to be valid and sufficient as 24 provided by law, the bill proposed by the petition shall be 25 proposed to the members of the House of Representatives by 26 the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the 27 members of the Senate by the President of the Senate. The 28 bill may not be amended by either house. A record vote of 29 all the members of the House of Representatives and all the 30 members of the Senate shall be taken on the bill not more 31 than 30 days after the petition is determined to be valid and 32 sufficient. 33 (c) No bill shall become a law without the concurrence -3- LRB9002312DJpcA 1 of a majority of the members elected to each house. Final 2 passage of a bill shall be by record vote. In the Senate at 3 the request of two members, and in the House at the request 4 of five members, a record vote may be taken on any other 5 occasion. A record vote is a vote by yeas and nays entered on 6 the journal. 7 (d) A bill shall be read by title on three different 8 days in each house. A bill and each amendment thereto shall 9 be reproduced and placed on the desk of each member before 10 final passage. 11 Bills, except bills for appropriations and for the 12 codification, revision or rearrangement of laws, shall be 13 confined to one subject. Appropriation bills shall be limited 14 to the subject of appropriations. 15 A bill expressly amending a law shall set forth 16 completely the sections amended. 17 The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the 18 President of the Senate shall sign each bill that passes both 19 houses to certify that the procedural requirements for 20 passage have been met. 21 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 22 SCHEDULE 23 This Constitutional Amendment takes effect upon approval 24 by the electors of this State.
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