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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Mike Murphy sponsors or co-sponsors 33 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 16, 2019

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Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99) 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 28 bills, 19 less than the average, according to a Sangamon 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 Murphy sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 3
SCH CD-REQUIRED COURSE-MATH
May 9
SCHOOL YEAR-AUGUST START-STUDY
April 9
CONGRATS-SHERWIN SWARTZ
April 11
AMBUCS APPRECIATION MONTH
May 2
CONGRATS-CHARLIE WHELER

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84)
GOVERNMENT-TECH
Rep. Darren Bailey (R-109)
TRANSPORTATION-TECH
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33); Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
VEH CD-BUS DRIVER OFFENSES
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Chris Miller (R-110)
SCH CD-NONPUBLIC SCH STUDENT
Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-79)
HIRE QUALIFIED FORMER INMATES
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
TRAUMA-INFORMED AWARENESS DAY
Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-101)
RECOGNIZE-NAT. DAY OF PRAYER
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Thomas M. Bennett (R-106)
COMMEND-MARVIN PERZEE
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS-FUNDING
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John Connor (D-85)
VEH CD-POLICE MEMORIAL SPOUSES
Rep. Kelly M. Burke (D-36)
STATE TREASURER-ABLE ACCOUNT
Sen. Andy Manar (D-48); Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
IL TEACHING EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-37); Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
PRISONER ACCESS JOB WEBSITES
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
DRYCLEANER RESPONSE TRUST FUND
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1)
UNIV OF IL-STUDENT TRUSTEE
Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-20); Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1)
UNIV OF IL-STUDENT TRUSTEE
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
DCFS-FOSTER CARE SURVEY
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Robert Rita (D-28)
CREDIT UNION ACT-VARIOUS
Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D-33)
SALVAGE VEHICLES-AUCTION
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
VEH CD-ZIPPER MERGE
Sen. Laura Fine (D-9); Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-56)
CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT ACT
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
PUBLIC USE TRUST-AGREEMENTS
Sen. Andy Manar (D-48)
LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin (D-38)
ILLINOIS BANK ON INITIATIVE
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John M. Cabello (R-68)
SPEC PLATES-POLICE/FIREFIGHTER

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