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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Michael J. Madigan sponsors or co-sponsors 13 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 26, 2019

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Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) sponsored nine bills in the second quarter of 2019, one more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on four bills, 43 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 Madigan sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
May 6
MEMORIAL-STATE SEN. DON TOTTEN
May 6
CONGRATS-CORINNE C. HEGGIE
May 23
MCGUINNESS PRINCIPLES-SUPPORT
May 16
CONGRATS-MARY CAPRIO
May 21
CONGRATS-CINDY MCCUEN
May 23
MEMORIAL-LOU LOWDER
May 28
GO GREEN DAY
May 16
CRIM PRO-VIDEO-SENTENCING
May 29
$GOMB

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
CONGRATS-CHARLIE WHELER
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
CONGRATS-DOUGLAS J. BANES
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. Laura M. Murphy (D-28); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
CRIM PRO-VIDEO-SENTENCING

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