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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Ryan Spain sponsors or co-sponsors 58 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jun 26, 2019


Rep. Ryan Spain (R-73) sponsored 22 bills in the first quarter of 2019, 14 less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 36 bills, 23 less than the average, according to a Chicago City Wire 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 Spain sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
Feb. 1
PEN CD-ART 3&4 CONSOLIDATION
Feb. 1
PENCD-DNST POL-FIRE-IMRF MERGE
Feb. 1
PEN CD-POLICE/FIRE INVESTMENT
Feb. 1
PEN CD-CONSOLIDATE DNST POLICE
Feb. 1
PEN CD-CONSOLIDATE DNST FIRE
Feb. 1
PEN CD-POLICE/FIRE INVESTMENT
Jan. 30
PENCD-DWNST POL&FIRE-FINANCING
Jan. 30
CONCEALED CARRY-EXPIRATION
Jan. 30
UTILITY-RURAL INVESTMENT
Jan. 30
PEN CD-POLICE/FIRE INVESTMENT
Feb. 13
PUBLIC AID-TECH
Feb. 13
EMERGENCY CONSOLIDATION EXEMPT
Feb. 13
VEH CD-3 BRAKE LIGHTS
Feb. 13
ESTATE TAX-REPEAL
Feb. 14
HOME RULE MUNICIPAL USE TAX
Feb. 15
INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN BUILD
Feb. 15
UTILITIES-WATER PRICING REPORT
March 20
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS-TECH
Jan. 29
CON AMEND-REDISTRICTING
Jan. 30
TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
March 6
FERAL CATS-RABIES VACCINATION
March 6
INC TX-RONALD MCDONALD FUND

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Tony McCombie (R-71)
CRIM CODE-AGG BAT-EMPLOYEES
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
ST CAPITOL PRESIDENT STATUES
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. Deb Conroy (D-46)
DHS-EARLY INTERVENTION RATES
Rep. John Connor (D-85)
UTILITY-WATER/SEWER REFERENDUM
Rep. Tim Butler (R-87)
VEH CD-EMERGENCY VEH-PENALTY
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
MENTAL HLTH MODERNIZATION ACT
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
MEDICAID-MENTAL HEALTH-YOUTH
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106); Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-79)
CONSERVANCY DIST-EXPANSIONS
Rep. Amy Grant (R-42)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
Rep. Amy Grant (R-42)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
LIQUOR-CRAFT DISTILLER
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
LOCAL ROT-SOURCING-COLLECTION
Rep. Steven Reick (R-63)
COMM ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11); Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18)
LOCAL WIND ENERGY REGULATION
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
SCH DISTRICT EFFICIENCY COMM
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
UTILITIES-INFRASTRUCTURE
Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-47)
INS CODE-PHARM BENEFIT MANAGER
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-90)
SCHOOL FACILITY & RESOURCE TAX
Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-79)
RIVER EDGE REDEVELOP-KANKAKEE
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
BLUE COLLAR JOBS ACT
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
PROCURE-RENEW ENERGY RESOURCES
Rep. Tony McCombie (R-71)
FIREARM DEALERS CERTIFICATION
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EQUAL PAY ACT WAGE INFORMATION
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
SEX OFFENDER REG-BATTERY
Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74)
INS CODE-TICK-BORNE DISEASE
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONAMEND-LEGISLATIVE REDISTRCT
Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92)
COMMEND-MARY PATTON
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
GRADUATED INCOME TAX-OPPOSE
Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-55)
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION PROCESS
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
HOUSE RULES 101ST GA
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
SOCIAL WORK MONTH
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS-FUNDING
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7)
DCFS RATE-PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

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