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 Bill Status of HB1978  95th General Assembly


House Sponsors
Rep. Ruth Munson - Paul D. Froehlich - Sidney H. Mathias

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Pamela J. Althoff - Kimberly A. Lightford)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/13/2009HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
750 ILCS 5/607from Ch. 40, par. 607
750 ILCS 5/609from Ch. 40, par. 609

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Provides for reasonable visitation between a child and a non-custodial parent through electronic communication such as telephone, e-mail, instant messaging, and other modes of electronic communication. Provides that the court may not use time spent in electronic communication to affect child support, custody, visitation, or removal of a child from the State. Provides for the custodial parent to provide any new e-mail address of the child to the noncustodial parent within 24 hours of the change. Makes other changes concerning electronic communication between a parent and a child and between a grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling and a child.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions that are substantially similar except that it provides that in appropriate circumstances, visitation may include electronic communication under conditions and at times determined by the court.

DateChamber Action
  2/23/2007HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Ruth Munson
  2/26/2007HouseFirst Reading
  2/26/2007HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/28/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Paul D. Froehlich
  3/1/2007HouseAssigned to Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee
  3/21/2007HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee
  3/21/2007HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/21/2007HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee; 012-000-000
  3/21/2007HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/22/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Sidney H. Mathias
  3/27/2007HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  3/27/2007HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  3/28/2007HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 116-000-000
  3/29/2007SenateArrive in Senate
  3/29/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading March 30, 2007
  3/29/2007SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Pamela J. Althoff
  4/20/2007SenateFirst Reading
  4/20/2007SenateReferred to Rules
  5/15/2007SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford
  5/15/2008SenateRule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As May 22, 2008; Substantive House Bills Out of Committee
  1/13/2009HouseSession Sine Die

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