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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Mark L. Walker sponsors or co-sponsors 41 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 22, 2019


Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53) sponsored six bills in the second quarter of 2019, two less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 35 bills, 12 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 Walker sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
May 14
AUDIT-EDGE TAX CREDIT
May 16
COMMEND-MYLES A. NAUGHTON
April 4
STATE EMPLOYEE GROUP INSURANCE
April 4
DHR LAND TRANSFER
May 21
USE/OCC TAX-DATA CENTERS
April 11
COM COL-MANUFACTURING GRANTS

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18)
CANNABIS REGULATION & TAX ACT
Rep. Diane Pappas (D-45)
INC TX-SOUNDPROOFING
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
DCFS-PAYMENT RATE INCREASES
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
FREEDOM TO WORK-ALL EMPLOYEES
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
POLYGRAPH EXAMS
Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-55)
INC TX-SOUNDPROOFING
Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
HOSPITAL-HEALTH INSURANCE POST
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-101)
RECOGNIZE-NAT. DAY OF PRAYER
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31); Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
CIV PRO-DISSEMINATE PRIV IMAGE
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-70)
INSURANCE-DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27); Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
APPRENTICESHIP STUDY ACT
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
VEH CD-ZIPPER MERGE
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
PROP TX-POLICE AND FIRE
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH RIGHTS
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7)
DHS-CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin (D-38)
ILLINOIS BANK ON INITIATIVE
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. William Davis (D-30)
PROP TX-INCOME PRODUCING PROP
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7); Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
IDPH-SUICIDE PREVENTION
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8); Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
EVIDENCE-IMMIGRATION STATUS
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
MILITARY DISCOUNT-DEPENDENTS
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16); Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
NURSING HOME CARE ACT-VARIOUS
Rep. William Davis (D-30)
DHFS-MEDICAID-LONG TERM CARE
Sen. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
ATTY GEN-WORKER PROTECT UNIT
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
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
STATE TREASURER-REAL PROPERTY
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE-SUNSET
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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