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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Sue Scherer sponsors or co-sponsors 39 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Jun 26, 2019

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Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96) sponsored 16 bills in the first quarter of 2019, 20 less than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 23 bills, 36 less than the average, according to a Macon Reporter 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 Scherer sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
March 21
JUV CT-FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Jan. 30
CREDITCARD MARKETING TASKFORCE
Feb. 6
EDUCATION-TECH
Feb. 13
PROBATE-CLAIMS AGAINST ESTATE
Feb. 14
PROP TX-VETERANS
Feb. 14
INC TAX-NATURAL DISASTER
Feb. 14
SCH CD-WORK-BASED LEARNING
Feb. 15
IDPH-EMT LICENSURE SUBMISSION
Feb. 15
JUNK MAIL OPT-OUT LIST
Feb. 15
VEH CD-MULTIFUNCTION BUS
March 18
EDUCATION-TECH
March 25
EDUCATION-TECH
March 21
REGULATION-TECH
March 12
EDUCATION-TECH
March 18
BUSINESS-TECH
Feb. 27
US CONST-ART V-APPLICATION

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43)
SCH CD-MEDIA LITERACY
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
SCH MENTAL HEALTH INSTRUCTION
Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-79)
SCH CD-EDUCATOR LICENSE-TEST
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
REVENUE-VENDOR
Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
MEDICAID-MCO PAYMENT INFO
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
CONS FRAUD-REBATE CARD-FEES
Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SCH CD-CHI-SCHOOL CLOSING
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
DCFS-PAYMENT RATE INCREASES
Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6)
RE-ENTERING CITIZENS CIVIC ED
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39)
SCH CD-STUDENT TEACHER-VIDEO
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
STATE TREASURER-REAL PROPERTY
Rep. Nicholas K. Smith (D-34)
SCH CD-EDU LICENSE-SKILL TEST
Rep. Joyce Mason (D-61)
USE/OCC TX-GUN SAFES
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
TREE CUTTING-PROTECTED LAND
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60); Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
GROW YOUR OWN TEACHER
Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PEN CD-EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS
Rep. Jerry Costello, II (D-116)
PENCD-SERS-CONSERVATION POLICE
Rep. Yehiel M. Kalish (D-16)
CHARTER SCHOOL-BOARD TRAINING
Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-55)
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION PROCESS
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
DPH-PAINKILLER GUIDELINES
Rep. Anna Moeller (D-43)
PAY EQUITY DAY
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
CHILD WELFARE WORKFORCE
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84)
CHILD ABUSE REPORTS-DPH-DHFS

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