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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. La Shawn K. Ford sponsors or co-sponsors 88 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 15, 2019


Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8) sponsored 15 bills in the second quarter of 2019, seven more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 73 bills, 26 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 Ford sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 9
UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE PROGRAM
April 2
SCH CD-OFFICE OF SCH SAFETY
May 6
DHS-SNAP-ONLINE GROCERIES
June 14
EXPUNGEMENT ELIGIBILITY
May 3
CON AMEND-FELON VOTING
April 9
CENSUS DAY IN ILLINOIS
April 29
CHILD CARE COMM-EXTEND
May 17
SOCIAL STATUS-BLACK MALES
May 20
CONGRATS-M. CONYEARS-ERVIN
May 29
COMMEND-AUSTIN EFFORTS
May 31
1921 TULSA RACE BOMBING
April 9
REPORT-SETTING OF WATER RATES
May 20
HOSPITALS-OPIOID ANTAGONIST
April 11
VEH CD-LICENSE-CHILD SUPPORT
April 12
SCH CD-OFFICE OF SCH SAFETY

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
SEIZURE SMART SCHOOL ACT
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
REVENUE-VENDOR
Rep. Gregory Harris (D-13)
INC TX-WATER'S EDGE
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
MEDICAID-TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
SCH CD-PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
GA & ST BUILDING-ACCESSIBILITY
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
FREEDOM TO WORK-ALL EMPLOYEES
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
IL DISABILITY INTEGRATION ACT
Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92)
ICJIA-PRETRIAL REPORTING
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57)
SCH CD-ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
ABOLISH MONETARY BAIL
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
CLEAN WATER WORKFORCE PIPELINE
Rep. Monica Bristow (D-111); Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-56)
AMERICAN MADE ILLINOIS FLAGS
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
HGHR ED-EARLY CHILDHOOD GRANT
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7); Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26)
SCH CD-COMPUTER SCIENCE ED
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44); Sen. Laura Ellman (D-21)
PROP TX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
US CONST-ART V-APPLICATION
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Don Harmon (D-39)
KIDDIELAND AMUSEMENT PARK ROAD
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
CAPITAL PLAN-NATURAL AREAS
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-INVESTMENT
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
VIOLENCE-HEALTH CRISIS
Rep. Monica Bristow (D-111)
FORECLOSURE-PUBLICATION-NOTICE
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. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1)
UNIV OF IL-STUDENT TRUSTEE
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31); Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-86)
PENCD-DNST FIRE-SECONDARY EMPT
Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19)
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING-SUNSET
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
PHARMACY PRACTICE-VARIOUS
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Sen. Andy Manar (D-48)
LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-3)
GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
IMMIGRATION STATUS-ACCESS
Rep. Tony McCombie (R-71)
STATE GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Sen. Andy Manar (D-48)
SCH CD-MINIMUM TEACHER SALARY
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
MHDDSA-FAMILY COUNSELING
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4); Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40)
INCARCERATED PARENTS-CHILDREN
Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr. (D-5); Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3)
SCH CD-CHILD OPPORTUNITY ZONE
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3)
TANF-GRANT AMOUNTS
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-56)
HUMAN BREAST MILK COVERAGE
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-56)
HUMAN BREAST MILK COVERAGE
Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18); Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-35)
EMS SYSTEMS-OVERDOSE REPORTING
Sen. Chapin Rose (R-51); Rep. Dan Brady (R-105)
SCH CD-TEMP DOOR LOCK DEVICE
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. William Davis (D-30)
PROP TX-INCOME PRODUCING PROP
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. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
ATTY GEN-WORKER PROTECT UNIT
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. Robert Peters (D-13); Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SNAP-COLLEGE STUDENTS
Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-34); Rep. Maurice A. West, II (D-67)
GOVT RECORDS-SOCIAL NETWORKING
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. 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
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27); Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53)
COM COL-MANUFACTURING GRANTS
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27); Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53)
COM COL-MANUFACTURING GRANTS
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PUBLIC DEFENDER BAIL PROGRAM
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4); Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26)
SCH CD-COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
JAILS-PRISONS-VOTING
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
SCH CD-PARENT-VICTIM-SERVICES
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7)
SCH CD-DATA-SPECIAL EDUCATION
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29); Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
INC TX-ORGAN DONATION
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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