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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Amy Grant sponsors or co-sponsors 50 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jul 2, 2019

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Rep. Amy Grant (R-42) sponsored eight bills in the first quarter of 2019, 28 less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 42 bills, 17 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 Grant sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
March 29
STATE GOVERNMENT-TECH
Feb. 6
SCH CD-SCH BUILDING-REFERENDUM
Feb. 14
PROF CORP SPEECH THERAPY
Feb. 14
MHDDSA-ONE'S OWN HOME-DEFINED
Feb. 14
OPEN GOVT-PREVAILING PARTY
Feb. 14
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
March 26
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
March 7
MEMORIAL-BARBARA A. MURPHY

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115)
SEIZURE SMART SCHOOL ACT
Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-66)
ABORTION-PHYSICIAN ATTENDANCE
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37); Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19)
CRIM-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
ABORTION LAW-UNDER 20 WEEKS
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
CRIM PROSECUTIONS-SEX OFFENSES
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
GA-REVENUE ESTIMATE
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
NO FUNDS W/OUT REVENUE EST
Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-47)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING OFFENSES
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
ABORTION-LIMITATIONS
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING ABORTION
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
ABORTION LAW-VIABILITY
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
ANIMAL SHELTER-MEDICAL CARE
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48)
PROP TX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
TITLE-SECURED LOANS
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
TITLE-SECURED LOANS
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
MENTAL HLTH MODERNIZATION ACT
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
RE-ENTERING CITIZENS CIVIC ED
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
LIQUOR-CRAFT DISTILLER
Rep. Steven Reick (R-63)
COMM ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
MEDICAID-AUTISM SPECTRUM
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
MEDICAID-AUTISM SPECTRUM
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
MEDICAID-AUTISM SPECTRUM
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
SCH DISTRICT EFFICIENCY COMM
Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-47)
COUNTIES-ADULT ENTERTAINMENT
Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-47)
INS CODE-PHARM BENEFIT MANAGER
Rep. Diane Pappas (D-45)
HOTEL OCCUPATION & USE REVENUE
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
BLUE COLLAR JOBS ACT
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
CREDIT FILE FREEZE MINORS
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CRIM CD-PLACE OF WORSHIP
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
SEX OFFENDER REG-BATTERY
Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74)
INS CODE-TICK-BORNE DISEASE
Rep. Steven Reick (R-63)
COMMISSION ON FISCAL REFORM
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONAMEND-LEGISLATIVE REDISTRCT
Rep. Ryan Spain (R-73)
CON AMEND-REDISTRICTING
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
GRADUATED INCOME TAX-OPPOSE
Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-55)
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION PROCESS
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102)
INVEST IN KIDS ACT PILOT PROG
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
ROBOCALLS-PREVENTION
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
HOUSE RULES 101ST GA
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
PAY EQUITY DAY
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
19TH AMENDMENT-COMMEND

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