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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Thomas Morrison sponsors or co-sponsors 26 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 26, 2019

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Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54) sponsored four bills in the second quarter of 2019, four less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 22 bills, 25 less than the average, according to a North Cook News 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 Morrison sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 4
SCH CD-SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
May 7
CON AMEND-TAX-2/3RDS VOTE
April 29
CONGRATS-IMMANUEL LUTHERAN
May 27
THANKS-PASTOR SHAUN LEWIS

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89)
WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
SCH CD-SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115); Sen. Sue Rezin (R-38)
AGING-ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
SCH CD-NONPUBLIC SCH STUDENT
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89); Sen. Brian W. Stewart (R-45)
TROOPER JONES-STORY HIGHWAY
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-69)
CONAMEND-REPEAL PENSION RIGHTS
Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D-40)
CON AMEND-STATE FINANCE
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-69)
NO FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TAX
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
METASTATIC BREAST CANCER DAY
Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-66)
CONSTITUTION-INCOME TAX LIMIT
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
PRAIRIE RESEARCH-MICROPLASTICS
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26); Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
TRACK-SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
SCH CD-EMPLOYMENT-OFFENDERS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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