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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Blaine Wilhour sponsors or co-sponsors 20 bills

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By East Central Reporter Reports | Aug 19, 2019

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Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-107) sponsored one bill in the second quarter of 2019, seven less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 19 bills, 28 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 Wilhour sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 5
TRANSPORTATION-TECH

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89); Sen. Brian W. Stewart (R-45)
WILDLIFE CD-RIFLE HUNTING
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
UTILITIES-INFRASTRUCTURE
Rep. Darren Bailey (R-109)
MEDICAID-NO GENDER SURGERY
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
US CONST-ART V-APPLICATION
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
CON AMEND-TAX-2/3RDS VOTE
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102)
CHICAGO-51ST STATE
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. Allen Skillicorn (R-66)
CONSTITUTION-INCOME TAX LIMIT
Rep. Charles Meier (R-108)
KASKASKIA WATERSHED PLAN
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John Connor (D-85)
VEH CD-POLICE MEMORIAL SPOUSES
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-38); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
SCH CD-SUPERINTENDENT AGREEMNT
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
DCFS-FOSTER CARE SURVEY
Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-49); Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
REGULATORY SUNRISE REVIEW ACT
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John M. Cabello (R-68)
SPEC PLATES-POLICE/FIREFIGHTER
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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