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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. André Thapedi sponsors or co-sponsors 43 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jul 1, 2019

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Rep. André Thapedi (D-32) sponsored 13 bills in the first quarter of 2019, 23 less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 30 bills, 29 less 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 Thapedi sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
Feb. 7
SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES-REPEAL
Feb. 11
HOSPITAL LICENSING-NON-COMPETE
March 19
HIGHER ED-UNIFORM ADMISSION
March 13
VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY ACT
Feb. 14
SOS MAINTAIN LIST NOTIFY ICC
March 21
SPORTS WAGERING-TECH
Feb. 15
SERVICE ANIMALS-ACCOMMODATIONS
March 27
MOTOR FUEL-TRANSPORTATION
Jan. 28
2020 CENSUS GRANT PROGRAM ACT
Feb. 26
CYBERSECURITY TSK FORCE-EXTEND
Jan. 24
EXTEND-TRADE POLICY TASK FORCE
Jan. 18
MONTFORD ASSOCIATION-EXTENSION
March 28
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
JUV CT-SPECIAL IMMIGRANT MINOR
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
CRIM CD-CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTUR
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
CRIM PROSECUTIONS-SEX OFFENSES
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT PROGRAM
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
RE-ENTERING CITIZENS CIVIC ED
Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-35)
CRIM PRO-LINEUP PROCEDURE
Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D-40)
AGING-HOMEMAKER SERVICES-WAGES
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58); Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17)
JUV CT-APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
Rep. William Davis (D-30)
RENEWABLE ENERGY-VARIOUS
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
ABANDONED RESIDENTIAL PROP
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
STATE AGENCY BONUS PROHIBITION
Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
PARKINSON'S DISEASE AWARENESS
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23); Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32); Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24); Rep. Robert Rita (D-28)
SPORTS WAGERING-TECH
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
HOUSING-GRANTS TO HOMELESS
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
SUBMINIMUM WAGE PHASE-OUT
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
SNAP RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAM
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
PROCURE-RENEW ENERGY RESOURCES
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
HGHR ED-EARLY CHILDHOOD GRANT
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS-TECH
Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
PARTITION OF HEIRS PROPERTY
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CRIM CD-PLACE OF WORSHIP
Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
PUBLIC UNIVERSITY GRANT PROG
Rep. Michael T. Marron (R-104)
COAL ASH TASK FORCE
Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-3)
ABOLISH FEDERAL JONES ACT
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
CENSUS AWARENESS DAY
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
IMMIGRANT TENANT PROTECTION
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
JURIES-UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
WORKERS' COMPENSATION REPOSE
Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-80)
IMDMA-SOLEMNIZATION-MAYORS

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