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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Michael T. Marron sponsors or co-sponsors 28 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 18, 2019

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Rep. Michael T. Marron (R-104) sponsored five bills in the second quarter of 2019, three 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 Chambana Sun 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 Marron sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 11
VEH CD-HIGHWAY DESIGNATIONS
April 19
HONOR-PRIVATE MARTIN PEDEE
May 10
CONGRATS-BRAD GOULD
May 22
CONGRATS-SALT FORK JR. HIGH
May 29
MEMORIAL-U.S. REP. DAN CRANE

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113); Sen. Michael E. Hastings (D-19)
CRIM CD-CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTUR
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PEN CD-EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115)
COMMEND-BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS ILL
Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-101)
RECOGNIZE-NAT. DAY OF PRAYER
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
AMBUCS APPRECIATION MONTH
Rep. Celina Villanueva (D-21)
METASTATIC BREAST CANCER DAY
Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74)
SPINAL ATROPHY AWARENESS MONTH
Rep. Charles Meier (R-108)
KASKASKIA WATERSHED PLAN
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
HIGHER ED-FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
CHARTER SCH COMMISSION-ABOLISH
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
PRAIRIE RESEARCH-MICROPLASTICS
Rep. Nathan D. Reitz (D-116)
AGRICULTURE ED TEACHER PROGRAM
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
TEACHERS-VARIOUS
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
VEH CD-ZIPPER MERGE
Sen. Neil Anderson (R-36); Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
VEH CD-FARM MACHINERY FEES
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
GOVT ETHICS-ECONOMIC INTERESTS
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
ALTERNATIVE ELEC/GAS SUPPLIERS
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY
Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-52); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
COAL ASH POLLUTION PREVENTION

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