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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Thaddeus Jones sponsors or co-sponsors 56 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 17, 2019

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Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D-29) sponsored nine bills in the second quarter of 2019, one more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 47 bills, equal to the average, according to a South Cook News analysis of data made available by the Illinois General Assembly.

During the second quarter, 117 representatives sponsored legislation, with Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113) sponsoring the most with 36 bills. There were 120 representatives that co-sponsored legislation, with Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24) co-sponsoring 129 bills, more than any other representative.

When a bill is introduced to the House, the clerk reads the bill title before the House and it is automatically referred to the Rules Committee. If the Rules Committee thinks that the bill merits further consideration, it is assigned to another committee. If the committee reports favorably on the bill to the House, or if the committee has been discharged with respect to the bill, the bill will be ready for its second reading before the House.

According to House rules, a bill can be passed only after the House clerk has read the bill before the House on three separate days. However, many bills are introduced as shell bills in order to circumvent the rule requiring three readings before they can be passed. These shell bills, which are far more common in Illinois than in other states, are created with the purpose of beginning the often lengthy process of passing a new piece of legislation. But since they would only make trivial or meaningless changes in the law in the form that they initially appear, they are either left to die or are later changed to something more substantive that can be rushed to passage without bothering with procedure. This has the unfortunate effect of leading to laws that may not have been debated or discussed sufficiently.

Representatives that sponsor an inordinately large number of bills are often sponsoring many shell bills.

The following table shows the bills that Jones sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 11
$ISBE-MOBILE TOLERANCE CENTERS
June 1
YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
May 6
COMMEND-ABIGAIL/SOPHIA O'QUIN
May 9
CONGRATS-DR. CARL E. KING SR.
June 6
CONGRATS-FAITH MOVERS CHURCH
May 1
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
April 9
EXPRESSWAY SAFETY ACT-CAMERAS
May 14
IL INSURANCE GUARANTY FUND
May 15
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE-SUNSET

The following table shows the bills to which Jones was added as a co-sponsor in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
STATE GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Monica Bristow (D-111)
INC TX-HEAD COUNT CREDIT
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
VOCATIONAL ACADEMIES-GRANTS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
CD CORR-REFERRAL SERVICES
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
FREEDOM TO WORK-ALL EMPLOYEES
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-90)
LIQUOR-DISTILLER PUBS
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
PROBATE-GUARDIAN AD LITEM FEES
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17); Sen. Laura Fine (D-9)
WAGE PAYMENT-DIRECT CONTRACTOR
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57)
SCH CD-ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2); Sen. Laura Fine (D-9)
DHS-MEDICAID-PRESCRIBER ED
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56)
NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT RULES
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
VIOLENCE-HEALTH CRISIS
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
MEMORIAL-EDDIE L. JONES II
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. Jil Tracy (R-47); Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-86)
REVENUE-SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Sen. Suzy Glowiak (D-24); Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
ALZHEIMER'S-ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Sen. Neil Anderson (R-36)
LICENSE PLATES-MOTORCYCLES
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH RIGHTS
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CD CORR-CONDITIONS OF PAROLE
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
MHDDSA-FAMILY COUNSELING
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-56)
HUMAN BREAST MILK COVERAGE
Rep. Yehiel M. Kalish (D-16)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
PROP TX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4); Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16); Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
NURSING HOME CARE ACT-VARIOUS
Sen. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
ATTY GEN-WORKER PROTECT UNIT
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. Robert Peters (D-13); Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SNAP-COLLEGE STUDENTS
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Sen. Laura M. Murphy (D-28); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
CRIM PRO-VIDEO-SENTENCING
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-38); Rep. Joyce Mason (D-61)
CMS-DHFS-ACA PROTECTIONS
Sen. Terry Link (D-30); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
VEH CD-FREIGHT TRAIN CREW SIZE
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

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