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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. André Thapedi sponsors or co-sponsors 54 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 2, 2019

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Rep. André Thapedi (D-32) sponsored eight bills in the second quarter of 2019, equal to the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 46 bills, one less 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 Thapedi sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
May 28
GAMING-TECH
May 7
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
May 7
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
May 13
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
May 13
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
May 16
SUPPORT EXPORT-IMPORT BANK
April 9
SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES-REPEAL
May 6
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
STATE GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Monica Bristow (D-111)
INC TX-HEAD COUNT CREDIT
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
BUSINESS-TECH
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
REVENUE-VENDOR
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
VOCATIONAL ACADEMIES-GRANTS
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11); Sen. Don Harmon (D-39)
LOCATION SURVEILLANCE
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
CD CORR-REFERRAL SERVICES
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
SCH CD-CIVICS COURSE
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
TITLE-SECURED LOANS
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6); Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23)
BLOCKCHAIN BUS DEVELOPMENT ACT
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
PROBATE-GUARDIAN AD LITEM FEES
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57)
SCH CD-ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
PROCURE-RENEW ENERGY RESOURCES
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
PROCURE-RENEW ENERGY RESOURCES
Rep. David McSweeney (R-52); Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62); Sen. Terry Link (D-30)
MCHENRY TWP & DIST DISSOLUTION
Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
HOSPITAL-HEALTH INSURANCE POST
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89); Sen. Brian W. Stewart (R-45)
TROOPER JONES-STORY HIGHWAY
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-INVESTMENT
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
VIOLENCE-HEALTH CRISIS
Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-37); Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
PRISONER ACCESS JOB WEBSITES
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
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
PROP TX-POLICE AND FIRE
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
PHARMACY PRACTICE-VARIOUS
Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
IMMIGRATION STATUS-ACCESS
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH RIGHTS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
MHDDSA-FAMILY COUNSELING
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19); Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
ELECTED CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3)
TANF-GRANT AMOUNTS
Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D-29); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
EXPRESSWAY SAFETY ACT-CAMERAS
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. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-79)
CIV PRO-COSTS-WAIVER
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. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
ATTY GEN-WORKER PROTECT UNIT
Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II (D-25)
PARTITION OF HEIRS PROPERTY
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
PUB AID-SNAP-JOB TRAINING
Sen. Laura M. Murphy (D-28); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
CRIM PRO-VIDEO-SENTENCING
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
PROCURE-RENEW ENERGY RESOURCES
Sen. Terry Link (D-30); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
VEH CD-FREIGHT TRAIN CREW SIZE
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
SCH CD-SCHOOL COUNCIL-OFFENDER

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