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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Rita Mayfield sponsors or co-sponsors 92 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 20, 2019

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Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60) 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 83 bills, 36 more 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 Mayfield sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 5
GOVERNMENT-TECH
April 2
STATE GOVERNMENT-TECH
April 10
CD CORR-DEPT OMBUDSMAN
April 8
MEMORIAL-LEON C. COSEY JR.
May 16
BLIGHTED BUILDINGS & PROPERTY
April 2
NORTH SHORE WATER RECLAMATION
April 11
CD CORR-CONDITIONS OF PAROLE
April 12
MUNI CD-MUNICIPAL TERM LIMITS
May 17
BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
SCH CD-CHARACTER EDUCATION
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT POP
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
SCH CD-PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
CD CORR-REFERRAL SERVICES
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
TITLE-SECURED LOANS
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
MEDICAID-MANAGED CARE-RATES
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
MEDICAID-MANAGED CARE APPEALS
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SCH CD-EDU LICENSE-SKILL TEST
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Christopher Belt (D-57)
SCH CD-ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2); Sen. Laura Fine (D-9)
DHS-MEDICAID-PRESCRIBER ED
Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23)
BUSINESS-TECH
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
FIRE MARSHAL-ETHYLENE OXIDE
Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
HOSPITAL-HEALTH INSURANCE POST
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
SOS DOCS-GENDER DESIGNATIONS
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS-TECH
Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
REVENUE-PROPERTY TAX FUND
Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62)
SAFETY-TECH
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COURTS-TECH
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
RETURN IL TO PROSPERITY COMMN
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Don Harmon (D-39)
KIDDIELAND AMUSEMENT PARK ROAD
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31); Rep. Tom Demmer (R-90)
WORLD PREECLAMPSIA DAY
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING-INVESTMENT
Rep. David McSweeney (R-52)
INVEST IN KIDS FUNDING
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION ACT
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION ACT
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
SPORTS WAGERING-IGB STUDY
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
LEGALIZED CANNABIS-AG STUDY
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
VIOLENCE-HEALTH CRISIS
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
SOCIAL SECURITY WEP-ELIMINATE
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AGENDA
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
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16); Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
CD CORR-PROBATION VIOLATION
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-70)
INSURANCE-DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM
Sen. Napoleon Harris, III (D-15); Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
REPORT-SETTING OF WATER RATES
Sen. Suzy Glowiak (D-24); Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
ALZHEIMER'S-ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Robert Rita (D-28)
CREDIT UNION ACT-VARIOUS
Sen. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
EPA-PERMITS-ETHYLENE OXIDE
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
EPA-FUGITIVE EMISSIONS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
EPA-FUGITIVE EMISSIONS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
EPA-FUGITIVE EMISSIONS
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Rep. Maurice A. West, II (D-67)
HIGHR ED-RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
PROP TX-POLICE AND FIRE
Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19)
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING-SUNSET
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6); Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17)
CD CORR-SENTENCING-REDUCE
Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
IMMIGRATION STATUS-ACCESS
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Sen. Andy Manar (D-48)
SCH CD-MINIMUM TEACHER SALARY
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7); Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43)
MENTAL HEALTH ACTION ON CAMPUS
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CD CORR-CONDITIONS OF PAROLE
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CD CORR-CONDITIONS OF PAROLE
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
MHDDSA-FAMILY COUNSELING
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
SCH CD-SCH BOOKING STATION
Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D-29); Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
EXPRESSWAY SAFETY ACT-CAMERAS
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27)
CRIMINAL LAW-TECH
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8)
PROMPT PAYMENT-CONTRACTORS
Sen. Terry Link (D-30); Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
FACILITY-ELECTRONIC MONITORING
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8); Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
EVIDENCE-IMMIGRATION STATUS
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4); Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16); Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
NURSING HOME CARE ACT-VARIOUS
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
IL STUDENT LOAN INVESTMENT ACT
Sen. John F. Curran (R-41); Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
ATTY GEN-WORKER PROTECT UNIT
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. Robert Peters (D-13); Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SNAP-COLLEGE STUDENTS
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
Sen. Laura M. Murphy (D-28); Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27); Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
CRIM PRO-VIDEO-SENTENCING
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
STATE TREASURER-REAL PROPERTY
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
JAILS-PRISONS-VOTING
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
SCH CD-PARENT-VICTIM-SERVICES
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16)
PILOT PROGRAM-COOK CO-EXPUNGE
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
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COAL ASH POLLUTION PREVENTION
Rep. Joyce Mason (D-61)
LAKE COUNTY-ETHYLENE OXIDE-EPA

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