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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. sponsors or co-sponsors 31 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 23, 2019

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Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-86) sponsored 11 bills in the second quarter of 2019, three more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 20 bills, 27 less than the average, according to a Will 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 Walsh sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 5
EPA-UNCONTAMINATED PLASTICS
April 2
PROP TX-NOTICE
April 3
LOCAL GOVERNMENT-TECH
May 23
TOLL HIGHWAY AUTH. CAPACITY
May 26
TOLL HIGHWAY CAPACITY I80
April 11
REVENUE-SCHOOL DISTRICTS
May 1
PROP TX-SALES IN ERROR
April 11
PENCD-DNST FIRE-SECONDARY EMPT
April 4
PROP TX-WILL CO-LOSS-AIRPORT
May 24
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WORKFORCE
May 29
KYOTO PROTOCOL OF 1998

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89)
WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89)
WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES
Rep. Fred Crespo (D-44)
SAFE PATIENT LIMITS
Rep. Monica Bristow (D-111); Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-56)
AMERICAN MADE ILLINOIS FLAGS
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS-TECH
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Don Harmon (D-39)
KIDDIELAND AMUSEMENT PARK ROAD
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
GREAT LAKES APPRECIATION DAY
Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
MCGUINNESS PRINCIPLES-SUPPORT
Rep. Charles Meier (R-108)
KASKASKIA WATERSHED PLAN
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
LICENSE-REMOVE CITIZENSHIP REQ
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Robert Rita (D-28)
CREDIT UNION ACT-VARIOUS
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39); Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
CONAMEND-INCOME TAX RATES
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
SCH CD-SCH BOOKING STATION
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin (D-38)
ILLINOIS BANK ON INITIATIVE
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
SCH CD-EMPLOYMENT-OFFENDERS
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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