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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Allen Skillicorn sponsors or co-sponsors 39 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 17, 2019

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Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-66) sponsored 10 bills in the second quarter of 2019, two more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 29 bills, 18 less than the average, according to a McHenry Times 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 Skillicorn sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 2
FIREARM SAFETY CURRICULUM ACT
April 3
RTA CONSOLIDATION
April 4
ELEC CODE-PETITION SIGNATURES
May 7
PERMANENT DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
June 27
REPEAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
April 11
CONAMEND-G.A. PENSION FUNDING
April 29
CON AMEND-THIRD READING VOTE
May 15
CON AMEND-GA COMPOSITION
May 7
CONSTITUTION-INCOME TAX LIMIT
May 27
CONDEMN- ATTACKS ON DHS AGENTS

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18)
CANNABIS REGULATION & TAX ACT
Rep. Dave Severin (R-117)
SCH CD-STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS
Rep. Dave Severin (R-117)
SCH CD-STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-90)
LIQUOR-DISTILLER PUBS
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-102); Sen. Chapin Rose (R-51)
OPEN MEETINGS ACT-NOTICE
Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-41); Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
PEN CD-FIRE-DEFINED CONTRIBUTE
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
EDUCATION-TECH
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
CIVIL LAW-TECH
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
US CONST-ART V-APPLICATION
Rep. Steven Reick (R-63); Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-32)
DEPUTY J. KELTNER INTERCHANGE
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
CON AMEND-TAX-2/3RDS VOTE
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
SUPPORT ISRAEL
Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-101)
RECOGNIZE-NAT. DAY OF PRAYER
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
Rep. David McSweeney (R-52)
INVEST IN KIDS FUNDING
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
HOME BIRTH CRISIS COMMITTEE
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6); Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17)
CD CORR-SENTENCING-REDUCE
Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62); Sen. Laura Fine (D-9)
PROP TX-TIF INFO ON BILL
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
CD CORR-CONDITIONS OF PAROLE
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
PUBLIC OFFICERS-HIRING SELF
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
PUBLIC OFFICERS-HIRING SELF
Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26); Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
TRACK-SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
ANCRA-MANDATED REPORTERS
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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