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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Bob Morgan sponsors or co-sponsors 60 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 16, 2019

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Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58) sponsored 16 bills in the second quarter of 2019, eight more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 44 bills, three less than the average, according to a Lake County Gazette 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 Morgan sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 2
REGULATION-TECH
April 3
HEALTH-TECH
April 23
DNA DAY
April 10
PRAIRIE RESEARCH-MICROPLASTICS
April 12
ESTATES-HEALTH DIRECTIVES
April 12
PERSONNEL-INTERNS-DISABILITY
April 11
INS CD-MENTAL HEALTH PARITY
April 11
MHDD CD-ADV PRACT PSY NURSE
April 11
ANCRA-MANDATED REPORTERS
April 11
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM
May 2
CHILD WELFARE WORKFORCE
April 12
PERSONNEL CD-ELIGIBILITY LISTS
May 30
BANKING-CANNABIS BUSINESSES
April 11
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
April 11
SCH CD-NURSE-MEDICAL CANNABIS
April 11
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18)
CANNABIS REGULATION & TAX ACT
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PUBLIC AID-TECH
Rep. Diane Pappas (D-45); Sen. Donald P. DeWitte (R-33)
KENNEL OPERATION-FIRE ALARMS
Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
REVENUE-PROPERTY TAX FUND
Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62)
SAFETY-TECH
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Don Harmon (D-39)
KIDDIELAND AMUSEMENT PARK ROAD
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
COMMEND-DR. STEVEN NASATIR
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
DACA LEGISLATION-U.S. CONGRESS
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
TRAUMA-INFORMED AWARENESS DAY
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-INVESTMENT
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
COMMEND-DR. STEVEN NASATIR
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS-FUNDING
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
CHARTER SCH COMMISSION-ABOLISH
Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62)
LOC GOVT OFFICER COMPENSATION
Rep. Kelly M. Burke (D-36)
STATE TREASURER-ABLE ACCOUNT
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
PRAIRIE RESEARCH-MICROPLASTICS
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56)
CHILD PERFORMERS-TRUST ACCOUNT
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-70)
INSURANCE-DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1)
UNIV OF IL-STUDENT TRUSTEE
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
DCFS-FOSTER CARE SURVEY
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
EPA-FUGITIVE EMISSIONS
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
PROP TX-POLICE AND FIRE
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
JUV CT-FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29); Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
INS CODE-DENTAL ANESTHETICS
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. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
PUB AID-RESEARCH PROJECT
Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II (D-25)
PARTITION OF HEIRS PROPERTY
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31); Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
WORKPLACE TRANSPARENCY ACT
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27); Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53)
COM COL-MANUFACTURING GRANTS
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
STATE TREASURER-REAL PROPERTY
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PUBLIC DEFENDER BAIL PROGRAM
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-38); Rep. Joyce Mason (D-61)
CMS-DHFS-ACA PROTECTIONS
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
VEH CD-DISABILITIES AWARENESS
Sen. Terry Link (D-30); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
VEH CD-FREIGHT TRAIN CREW SIZE
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COAL ASH POLLUTION PREVENTION

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