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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Jawaharial Williams sponsors or co-sponsors 26 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 22, 2019


Rep. Jawaharial Williams (D-10) sponsored one bill in the second quarter of 2019, seven less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 25 bills, 22 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 Williams sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
May 23
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING-SUNSET

The following table shows the bills to which Williams 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. Fred Crespo (D-44)
VOCATIONAL ACADEMIES-GRANTS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
SCH CD-CIVICS COURSE
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57)
SCH CD-ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
VIOLENCE-HEALTH CRISIS
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
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
DHS-BUILDING TRADES PROGRAM
Rep. William Davis (D-30); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
SUSTAINABILITY INVESTING ACT
Rep. Lamont J. Robinson, Jr. (D-5); Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3)
SCH CD-CHILD OPPORTUNITY ZONE
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4); Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17); Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9)
FILM TAX CREDIT-PERMANENT
Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
CRIM PRO-INCARCERATION CREDIT
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-3)
CONTRACT PROMPT PAY RETAINAGE
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9)
CIV PRO-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9)
CIV PRO-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II (D-25)
PARTITION OF HEIRS PROPERTY
Sen. Laura M. Murphy (D-28); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
CRIM PRO-VIDEO-SENTENCING
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PUBLIC DEFENDER BAIL PROGRAM
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
JAILS-PRISONS-VOTING
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
CLEAN WATER WORKFORCE PIPELINE
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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