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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Michael D. Unes sponsors or co-sponsors 27 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 20, 2019

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Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91) sponsored four bills in the second quarter of 2019, four less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 23 bills, 24 less than the average, according to a Peoria Standard 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 Unes sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 8
BUSINESS-TECH
April 10
CONGRATS-DAVID MINGUS
May 20
CONGRATS-MARTI BIERDEMAN
April 30
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23); Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18)
WILDLIFE-YOUTH DEER PERMITS
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PEN CD-EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS
Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (D-78); Sen. Don Harmon (D-39)
KIDDIELAND AMUSEMENT PARK ROAD
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
AMBUCS APPRECIATION MONTH
Rep. Tim Butler (R-87)
MEMORIAL-CPL. DANIEL BAKER
Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-37)
COUNTIES-DOCUMENTS-MILITARY
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John Connor (D-85)
VEH CD-POLICE MEMORIAL SPOUSES
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
CHARTER SCH COMMISSION-ABOLISH
Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19); Rep. Kelly M. Burke (D-36)
PMP-LICENSED VETERINARIANS
Rep. Yehiel M. Kalish (D-16)
DHFS-TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
TEACHERS-VARIOUS
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
VEH CD-ZIPPER MERGE
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
HOME BIRTH CRISIS COMMITTEE
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7); Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
Rep. William Davis (D-30)
DHFS-MEDICAID-LONG TERM CARE
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. David Koehler (D-46); Rep. Maurice A. West, II (D-67)
SCH CD-MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John M. Cabello (R-68)
SPEC PLATES-POLICE/FIREFIGHTER
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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