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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Darren Bailey sponsors or co-sponsors 37 bills

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By East Central Reporter Reports | Aug 18, 2019

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Rep. Darren Bailey (R-109) sponsored three bills in the second quarter of 2019, five less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 34 bills, 13 less than the average, according to a East Central Reporter 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 Bailey sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 8
TRANSPORTATION-TECH
April 11
MEDICAID-NO GENDER SURGERY
April 1
CONGRATS-ZACHARY A. INYART

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Norine K. Hammond (R-93); Sen. Jil Tracy (R-47)
VEH CD-TEXTING BODILY HARM
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
WORK COMP-PARTIAL DISABILITY
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
WORKERS COMP-REVIEW-COLLATERAL
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
WORKERS COMP SPINAL INJURY
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
WORKERS COMP-PAIN MANAGEMENT
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP-FEE SCHEDULE
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP EMPLOYEE TRAVEL
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP-COMPOUND DRUGS
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP-SHOULDER HIP
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP-CAUSATION
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP-BENEFIT RATES
Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-65)
WORKERS COMP-PRIOR INJURY
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74); Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26)
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER-CRIM CHECK
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102); Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40)
OFFICER PROHIBITED-OTHER JOB
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102); Sen. Chapin Rose (R-51)
APPOINTED TWP OFFICIAL-VACANCY
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102); Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26)
PROP TX-SUPERVISOR ASSESSMENT
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102)
SCH CD-CLASSROOM PLACEMENT
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
CON AMEND-TAX-2/3RDS VOTE
Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-101)
RECOGNIZE-NAT. DAY OF PRAYER
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
AMBUCS APPRECIATION MONTH
Rep. Charles Meier (R-108)
KASKASKIA WATERSHED PLAN
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-37); Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
SCH CD-ALTERNATIVE EDU LICENSE
Sen. Brian W. Stewart (R-45); Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74)
MILITARY JUSTICE-UNIFORM CODE
Sen. Laura Fine (D-9); Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56)
CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT ACT
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37); Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26)
TRACK-SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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