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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Mary E. Flowers sponsors or co-sponsors 51 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 21, 2019

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Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31) sponsored three bills in the second quarter of 2019, five less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 48 bills, one more than the average, according to a Chicago City Wire 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 Flowers sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 2
COMMUNITY-INTEGRATED LIVING
April 9
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
May 7
FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION ACT

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
JUV CT-AGE OF DETENTION
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-47); Sen. John F. Curran (R-41)
HIGHER ED-TUITION REPORT
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6); Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23)
BLOCKCHAIN BUS DEVELOPMENT ACT
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
RENT CONTROL PREEMPTION ACT
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
FREEDOM TO WORK-ALL EMPLOYEES
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND FAIRNESS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57)
SCH CD-ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115); Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-58)
CD CORR-IMPACT INCARCERATION
Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23)
BUSINESS-TECH
Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
$IL COURT APPOINTED ADVOCATES
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-INVESTMENT
Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
METASTATIC BREAST CANCER DAY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
VIOLENCE-HEALTH CRISIS
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16); Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
CD CORR-PROBATION VIOLATION
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
DRYCLEANER RESPONSE TRUST FUND
Sen. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
EPA-PERMITS-ETHYLENE OXIDE
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
EPA-FUGITIVE EMISSIONS
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19)
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING-SUNSET
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
PHARMACY PRACTICE-VARIOUS
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32); Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES-REPEAL
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
MHDDSA-FAMILY COUNSELING
Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D-29); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
EXPRESSWAY SAFETY ACT-CAMERAS
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin (D-38)
ILLINOIS BANK ON INITIATIVE
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. William Davis (D-30)
PROP TX-INCOME PRODUCING PROP
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8); Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
EVIDENCE-IMMIGRATION STATUS
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. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
IL STUDENT LOAN INVESTMENT ACT
Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
CRIM PRO-INCARCERATION CREDIT
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. Michael Halpin (D-72)
CRIM PRO-POST PARTUM
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
PUB AID-RESEARCH PROJECT
Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57); Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
CD CORR-MEDICAID SCREENING
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-38); Rep. Joyce Mason (D-61)
CMS-DHFS-ACA PROTECTIONS
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
JAILS-PRISONS-VOTING
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
SCH CD-EMPLOYMENT-OFFENDERS
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
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