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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Sonya M. Harper sponsors or co-sponsors 107 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jun 30, 2019

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Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6) sponsored 31 bills in the first quarter of 2019, five less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 76 bills, 17 more than the average, according to a Chicago City Wire analysis of data made available by the Illinois General Assembly.

During the first quarter, 119 representatives sponsored legislation, with Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) sponsoring the most with 940 bills. There were 119 representatives that co-sponsored legislation, with Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57) co-sponsoring 169 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 Harper sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
Jan. 30
CRIM CD-HANDGUN AMMO-SERIALIZE
Jan. 30
CD CORR-SENTENCING-REDUCE
Jan. 30
AGRICULTURE-MARKET REPORT
Jan. 30
TIF-SURPLUS FUNDS-SCHOOLS
Feb. 6
DCEO-LOW INCOME WATER ASSIST
Feb. 7
SCH CD-PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Feb. 8
AGR-COMMUNITY GARDENS
Feb. 8
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Feb. 8
IL VIOLENCE REDUCTION ACT
Feb. 13
HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS PROGRAM
Feb. 13
HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS PROGRAM
Feb. 13
BLOCKCHAIN BUS DEVELOPMENT ACT
Feb. 13
RE-ENTERING CITIZENS CIVIC ED
Feb. 13
INC TX-EX-FELON JOBS
Feb. 13
SCH TRAUMA PROTOCOL-AMMO TAX
Feb. 13
HOTEL PANIC BUTTONS
Feb. 13
COUNTY URBAN AGRICULTURAL ZONE
Feb. 14
SCH-TRAUMA PROTOCOL-AMMO TAX
Feb. 14
MEDICAID-PATIENT CREDIT FILE
Feb. 15
USE/OCC TX-AGRICULTURE
Feb. 15
UTILITIES-NAT GAS SURCHARGE
Feb. 15
EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND FAIRNESS
Feb. 15
PROP TX-STAR CREDIT
Feb. 15
ABANDONED RESIDENTIAL PROP
Feb. 15
ENERGY-PAY AS YOU SAVE PROGRAM
Feb. 13
SCH CD-CHI CHARTER SCH
Feb. 15
SNAP RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAM
Feb. 15
INSURANCE-EMERGENCY ROOM
Feb. 15
SEX OFFENSE-NOTICE TO SCHOOLS
Feb. 15
DCFS-CASH FOR GRADES PILOT
Jan. 18
STATE PROPERTY-URBAN FARMS

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
DHS-YOUTHBUILD PROGRAMS
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
ETHICS-RIGHTS OF COMPLAINANTS
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
ST CAPITOL PRESIDENT STATUES
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
BROADBAND PROCURE & DISCLOSURE
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
ST POLICE-BURIAL REIMBURSE
Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy (D-14)
FOR-PROFIT CORRECTIONAL
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CD CORR-CO PAYMENTS
Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
MEDICAID-MCO PAYMENT INFO
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
MEDICAID-TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
CONS FRAUD-REBATE CARD-FEES
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91); Sen. Jil Tracy (R-47)
SCH CD-DIPLOMA-MILITARY-KIA
Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SCH CD-CHI-SCHOOL CLOSING
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
SCH CD-CIVICS COURSE
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
ELECTED CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
ELECTED CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
ELECTED CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD
Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin (D-10)
ED EMPLOYEE-IMPASSE PROCEDURES
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
EVICTION-SEAL & IMPOUND FILE
Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92)
HEALTHY WORKPLACE ACT
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
HOSPITAL-BLOOD PRESSURE
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-100)
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy (D-14)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
HUM RIGHTS-EMPLOYER-DEFINITION
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT PROGRAM
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
PUBLIC DEFENDER-TASK FORCE
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
INCARCERATED PARENTS-CHILDREN
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
IL STUDENT LOAN INVESTMENT ACT
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
HGHER ED-DIVERSE FACULTY GRANT
Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D-40)
AGING-HOMEMAKER SERVICES-WAGES
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
DFPR-OPTOMETRIC INVESTIGATOR
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
MEDICAID-MANAGED CARE PAYMENTS
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
OIL & GAS-WELL
Rep. Maurice A. West, II (D-67)
SCH CD-SCHOOL REPORT CARD
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
IDPH-HEMORRHAGE TRAINING
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
IDPH-FEDERAL FUNDING
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
EMPLOYMENT NO WAIVER OF RIGHTS
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
YOUTH HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
HOSPITAL REPORT CARD ACT
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
APP PRIVACY PROTECTION
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
SCH DISTRICT EFFICIENCY COMM
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
STATE AGENCY BONUS PROHIBITION
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
TANF-GRANT AMOUNTS
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
HOUSING-GRANTS TO HOMELESS
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
HOUSING-GRANTS TO HOMELESS
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
HOUSING-GRANTS TO HOMELESS
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
INC TX-RENTAL-EX FELONS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS-UNDER 21
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
DRUG AND SHARPS WASTE PROGRAM
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
GROW YOUR OWN TEACHER
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
HOSPITALS-SURROGACY CONTRACTS
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
RIGHTS-GOVT JOB CANDIDATES
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
SCH CD-SEX EDUCATION-CONSENT
Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin (D-10)
DHS-CHILD CARE-INCOME LEVELS
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
STUDENT ONLINE PROTECTION
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS-TECH
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
LIMITED COOPERATIVE ASSOC ACT
Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
MEDICAID-DOULA SERVICES
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
COM COL-CHICAGO-ELECT BOARD
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
EQUAL PAY ACT-WAGE HISTORY
Rep. Michael Halpin (D-72)
KEEP ILLINOIS BUSINESS ACT
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
CRIM CD-SCANNING DEVICE
Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
PROP TAX-SR FREEZE-MEDICARE
Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74)
INS CODE-TICK-BORNE DISEASE
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CANNABIS LEGALIZATION
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CANNABIS LEGALIZATION
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
ANTI-HARASSMENT TASK FORCE
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
2020 CENSUS GRANT PROGRAM ACT
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CAREER AND TECH ED MONTH
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
LEAD SERVICE LINES
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
GREAT LAKES APPRECIATION DAY
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
PAY EQUITY DAY
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
JURIES-UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Michael T. Marron (R-104)
PROP TX-VETERANS
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
CHILD WELFARE WORKFORCE

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