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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Nicholas K. Smith sponsors or co-sponsors 63 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 21, 2019

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Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34) sponsored 11 bills in the second quarter of 2019, three more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 52 bills, five 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 Smith sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 8
SCH CD-EDU LICENSE-SKILL TEST
May 7
CONGRATS-K. JACKSON & J. RILEY
June 20
MEMORIAL-VEDA COLE-BROWN
June 20
MEMORIAL-KENNETH L. HARRIS
June 20
MEMORIAL-CHESTER SLAUGHTER
June 20
MEMORIAL-KEITH TATE
April 11
MANTENO-RELEASE LAND INTEREST
May 23
VEH CD-MOBILE HOME DEALERS
April 10
ABANDONED MOBILE HOMES
April 11
SNAP-COLLEGE STUDENTS
April 11
ELEC CODE-STUDENT VOTE

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Monica Bristow (D-111)
INC TX-HEAD COUNT CREDIT
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
REVENUE-VENDOR
Rep. Gregory Harris (D-13)
INC TX-WATER'S EDGE
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
VOCATIONAL ACADEMIES-GRANTS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
CD CORR-REFERRAL SERVICES
Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9)
CD CORR-PATHWAY TO COMMUNITY
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
PROP TX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
PROP TAX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
URGE CREATION OF CANCER CAUCUS
Rep. Michael T. Marron (R-104)
COAL ASH TASK FORCE
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. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
MEMORIAL-EDDIE L. JONES II
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
PRAIRIE RESEARCH-MICROPLASTICS
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
DRYCLEANER RESPONSE TRUST FUND
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
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
TEACHERS-VARIOUS
Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-34); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
BLIGHTED BUILDINGS & PROPERTY
Sen. Laura Fine (D-9); Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56)
CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT ACT
Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19)
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING-SUNSET
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6); Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17)
CD CORR-SENTENCING-REDUCE
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. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
SCH CD-SCH BOOKING STATION
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4); Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40)
INCARCERATED PARENTS-CHILDREN
Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr. (D-5); Sen. Robert Peters (D-13)
MEDICAL-MINOR'S CONSENT
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin (D-38)
ILLINOIS BANK ON INITIATIVE
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. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. David Koehler (D-46); Rep. Maurice A. West, II (D-67)
SCH CD-MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
ANCRA-MANDATED REPORTERS
Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II (D-25)
PARTITION OF HEIRS PROPERTY
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
GOVT ETHICS-ECONOMIC INTERESTS
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
PILOT PROGRAM-COOK CO-EXPUNGE
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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