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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Thomas Morrison sponsors or co-sponsors 65 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jul 3, 2019

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Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54) sponsored 42 bills in the first quarter of 2019, six more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 23 bills, 36 less than the average, according to a North Cook News analysis of data made available by the Illinois General Assembly.

During the first quarter, 119 representatives sponsored legislation, with Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) sponsoring the most with 940 bills. There were 119 representatives that co-sponsored legislation, with Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57) co-sponsoring 169 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 Morrison sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
Feb. 11
VEH CD-ELECTRIC LICENSE FEE
Feb. 6
UTILITY-NATURAL GAS SUBSIDY
Feb. 6
UTILITIES-NATURAL GAS REPORTS
Feb. 8
ANIMALS-POLICE AND SERVICE
Feb. 8
SCH CD-INSTRUCTIONAL MANDATES
Feb. 8
PENCD-STATE SYS-TIER 3 PLAN
Feb. 8
CAMPUS FREE SPEECH
Feb. 8
ABORTION-LIMITATIONS
Feb. 8
CONCEALED CARRY-CK CTY FOREST
Feb. 8
OPEN MEETINGS POSTING RECORDS
Feb. 8
CRIM CD-1ST DEGREE MURDER-AGG
Feb. 8
CD CORR-NONPROBATIONABLE
Feb. 8
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING ABORTION
Feb. 14
UTILITY-GAS MAIN EXT COSTS
Feb. 14
SCH CD-SCH BUILDING-REFERENDUM
Feb. 14
DEBT CONTROL-TAXPYR PROTECTION
Feb. 14
PENCD-DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLN
Feb. 14
SCH CD-ADMIN COST LIMIT
Feb. 14
UTILITIES-NATURAL GAS REPORTS
Feb. 14
ALTERNATE FUELS ACT-REPEAL
Feb. 14
NEGLIGENT HIRING-LIMITATIONS
Feb. 14
PEN CD-GARS SELF-DIRECTED PLAN
Feb. 14
ULTRASOUND OPPORTUNITY ACT
Feb. 14
MISSING PERSON NOTIFICATION
Feb. 14
PEN CD-IMRF-ELECTED OFFICIALS
Feb. 14
PENCD-LOCAL CONTRL OF BENEFITS
Feb. 14
PEN CD-LIMITS ON MEMBERSHIP
Feb. 14
VEH CD-CHOOSE LIFE DECAL
Feb. 14
VEH CD-ELECTRIC VEH-PLATE FEE
Feb. 14
INC TX-EDUCATION CREDIT
Feb. 14
LABOR AGREEMENT HEARINGS
Feb. 14
SCH DIST CONSOLIDATION CMSN
Feb. 14
ANATOMICAL GIFTS-FETAL TISSUE
Feb. 14
PEN CD-TRS-END PENSION PICKUP
Feb. 14
PROP TX-SENIOR FREEZE
Feb. 14
PEN CD-G.A. & JUDGES-ADMIN FEE
Feb. 14
SCH CD-CONCUSSION-PHYSICIAN
Feb. 14
PEN CD-SELF-MANAGED PLAN
Feb. 14
HEALTH-TECH
Feb. 15
YOUTH HEALTH PROTECTION ACT
Jan. 15
PROP TX-BD OF REVIEW RESOURCES
Feb. 15
PROPERTY TASK FORCE

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Tony McCombie (R-71)
CRIM CODE-AGG BAT-EMPLOYEES
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
GA-REVENUE ESTIMATE
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
NO FUNDS W/OUT REVENUE EST
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
ABORTION LAW-FETAL HEART BEAT
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
SCH CD-SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-90)
TAXPAYER ADVOCATE
Rep. Steven Reick (R-63)
COMM ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56); Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23)
SIKH AWARENESS MONTH
Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-100)
TAXPAYER FISCAL CHARTER ACT
Rep. Tom Weber (R-64)
LINDENHURST SANITARY DISTRICT
Rep. Diane Pappas (D-45)
KENNEL OPERATION-FIRE ALARMS
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
STUDENT ONLINE PROTECTION
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CRIM CD-PLACE OF WORSHIP
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EQUAL PAY ACT WAGE INFORMATION
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
SEX OFFENDER REG-BATTERY
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
US CONST-ART V-APPLICATION
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONAMEND-LEGISLATIVE REDISTRCT
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM DAY
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
GRADUATED INCOME TAX-OPPOSE
Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-55)
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION PROCESS
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
HOUSE RULES 101ST GA
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
19TH AMENDMENT-COMMEND
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
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