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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz sponsors or co-sponsors 70 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 24, 2019

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Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12) sponsored 12 bills in the second quarter of 2019, four more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 58 bills, 11 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 Feigenholtz sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 4
DHFS-MCO PREFERRED DRUG LISTS
April 16
COMMEND-DR. STEVEN NASATIR
April 23
COMMEND-DR. STEVEN NASATIR
April 26
CONGRATS-MARC S. BUSLIK
May 27
AUDIT-DCFS
April 4
JUV CT-APPLICABILITY
May 6
JUV CT-DURATION OF WARDSHIP
April 16
LIQUOR-HOME DELIVERY
April 10
PRESCRIBING PSYCHOLOGIST
April 26
ANCRA-MANDATED REPORTERS
May 2
JUV CT-FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
April 12
SCH CD-DATA-SPECIAL EDUCATION

The following table shows the bills to which Feigenholtz 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
Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18)
CANNABIS REGULATION & TAX ACT
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS-DRUG PRICE
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PUBLIC AID-TECH
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
COUNTY&MUNI-COAL TAR PRODUCTS
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
FREEDOM TO WORK-ALL EMPLOYEES
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
POLYGRAPH EXAMS
Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59); Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42)
ANIMALS-FORFEITURE
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
SCHCD-EMPLOYEE TRAUMA TRAINING
Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr. (D-5)
LEAD SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT
Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
HOSPITAL-HEALTH INSURANCE POST
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4); Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8)
EQUITABLE RESTROOM-BABY CHANGE
Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114)
$IL COURT APPOINTED ADVOCATES
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
PUBLIC AID-TECH
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
FOSTER CARE SHADOW DAY
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
GREAT LAKES APPRECIATION DAY
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
GREAT LAKES APPRECIATION DAY
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
TRAUMA-INFORMED AWARENESS DAY
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-INVESTMENT
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-70)
INSURANCE-DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
DRYCLEANER RESPONSE TRUST FUND
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1)
UNIV OF IL-STUDENT TRUSTEE
Sen. Suzy Glowiak (D-24); Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
ALZHEIMER'S-ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
DCFS-FOSTER CARE SURVEY
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Robert Rita (D-28)
CREDIT UNION ACT-VARIOUS
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
VEH CD-ZIPPER MERGE
Sen. Laura Fine (D-9); Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
INS CD-COLLABORATIVE CARE
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
COSMETICS-ANIMAL TESTING
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84)
ANIMALS-ADMINISTRATIVE FINES
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
PHARMACY PRACTICE-VARIOUS
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
Rep. Yehiel M. Kalish (D-16)
GOVERNMENT-TECH
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7)
DHS-CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. William Davis (D-30)
PROP TX-INCOME PRODUCING PROP
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7); Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
IDPH-SUICIDE PREVENTION
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8); Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
EVIDENCE-IMMIGRATION STATUS
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
ELEC CD-PRESIDENT-TAX RETURNS
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
MILITARY DISCOUNT-DEPENDENTS
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16); Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
NURSING HOME CARE ACT-VARIOUS
Sen. Robert Peters (D-13); Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SNAP-COLLEGE STUDENTS
Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II (D-25)
PARTITION OF HEIRS PROPERTY
Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
PUB AID-SNAP-JOB TRAINING
Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr. (D-5)
DCFS-TRANSITIONING YOUTH
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31); Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
NEEDLE AND HYPODERMIC ACCESS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31); Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
WORKPLACE TRANSPARENCY ACT
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PUBLIC DEFENDER BAIL PROGRAM
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
SCH CD-PARENT-VICTIM-SERVICES
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COAL ASH POLLUTION PREVENTION

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