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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Diane Pappas sponsors or co-sponsors 43 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jun 29, 2019

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Rep. Diane Pappas (D-45) sponsored 14 bills in the first quarter of 2019, 22 less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 29 bills, 30 less than the average, according to a DuPage Policy Journal analysis of data made available by the Illinois General Assembly.

During the first quarter, 119 representatives sponsored legislation, with Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22) sponsoring the most with 940 bills. There were 119 representatives that co-sponsored legislation, with Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57) co-sponsoring 169 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 Pappas sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
Feb. 7
INC TX-SOUNDPROOFING
Feb. 15
HOTEL OCCUPATION & USE REVENUE
Feb. 15
ASSESSMENT-DRUG TRAFFICKING
Feb. 15
PERSONAL INFO-NOTICE OF BREACH
Feb. 15
PROPERTY CONTROL-STATE PLANES
Feb. 15
CMS-VEHICLES
Feb. 15
PEN CD-GARS-LIMIT MEMBERSHIP
Feb. 15
PROP TX-SSI FREEZE
Feb. 15
INC TX-COAL CREDIT REPEAL
Feb. 15
KENNEL OPERATION-FIRE ALARMS
Feb. 15
SECURITY CONNECTED DEVICES ACT
Feb. 15
HIGHER ED-COURSE TRANSFER INFO
Feb. 7
CONGRATS-CARRIE FULLERTON
March 28
HOTEL OCCUPATION & USE REVENUE

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
TRACK-SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
CRIM CD-PANGOLIN PRODUCTS
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
SCH MENTAL HEALTH INSTRUCTION
Rep. Maurice A. West, II (D-67)
PROP TAX-CHARITABLE REHAB
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
CRIM PROSECUTIONS-SEX OFFENSES
Rep. William Davis (D-30); Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
MHDD CD-COUNSELING SESSIONS
Rep. Lance Yednock (D-76)
FIRE FIGHTER TRAINING
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
SEXUAL ASSAULT BY DECEPTION
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
PROP TX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
MENTAL HLTH MODERNIZATION ACT
Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
PUBLIC DEFENDER-TASK FORCE
Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D-40)
AGING-HOMEMAKER SERVICES-WAGES
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46); Sen. Laura Fine (D-9)
AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS CODING
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
TREE CUTTING-PROTECTED LAND
Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
ANIMALS-FORFEITURE
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
PROP TX-LEASEHOLD-AIRPORTS
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
CRIM CD-DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
PROP TX-BD OF REVIEW RESOURCES
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
PET SHOP DOG/CAT SOURCING
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
SCH CD-SCH COUNSELOR-COLLEGE
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
LIMITED COOPERATIVE ASSOC ACT
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
EQUAL PAY ACT-WAGE HISTORY
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
ANTI-HARASSMENT TASK FORCE
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2); Sen. Robert Peters (D-13)
CITIZENSHIP-U.S. ADOPTEES
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
DPH-PAINKILLER GUIDELINES
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
PAY EQUITY DAY
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40); Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59)
JURIES-UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
Rep. Michael Halpin (D-72); Sen. Neil Anderson (R-36)
UNDESIGNATED GLUCAGON-SCHOOLS

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