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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. David McSweeney sponsors or co-sponsors 17 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 19, 2019

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Rep. David McSweeney (R-52) sponsored three bills in the second quarter of 2019, five less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 14 bills, 33 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 McSweeney sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 10
INVEST IN KIDS FUNDING
April 11
USE/OCC TX-SCHOOL LUNCH
April 4
HIGHR ED-RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Diane Pappas (D-45); Sen. Donald P. DeWitte (R-33)
KENNEL OPERATION-FIRE ALARMS
Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62)
COUNTY CD-TRANSITIONAL AUDITS
Rep. Andrew S. Chesney (R-89); Sen. Brian W. Stewart (R-45)
TROOPER JONES-STORY HIGHWAY
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
CON AMEND-TAX-2/3RDS VOTE
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62)
LOC GOVT OFFICER COMPENSATION
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
DCFS-FOSTER CARE SURVEY
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
USE/OCC TX-SCHOOL LUNCH
Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23); Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57)
VEH CD-CONSTRUCTION ZONE
Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53)
USE/OCC TAX-DATA CENTERS
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
SCH CD-EMPLOYMENT-OFFENDERS
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
SCH CD-EMPLOYMENT-OFFENDERS
Sen. Julie A. Morrison (D-29); Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
INC TX-ORGAN DONATION
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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