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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Tim Butler sponsors or co-sponsors 49 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 17, 2019

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Rep. Tim Butler (R-87) sponsored 18 bills in the second quarter of 2019, 10 more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 31 bills, 16 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 Butler sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 8
ELECTIONS-TECH
April 9
LOCAL GOVERNMENT-TECH
April 4
CONGRATS-WLB LADY WOLVERINES
April 4
CONGRATS-HARTSBURG-EMDEN SCHL
April 4
CONGRATS-HONEYBEARS VOLLEYBALL
April 10
CONGRATS-ROCHESTER
April 11
HONOR-THOMAS C. MURPHY
April 11
CONGRATS-MAJ. GEN. R. HAYES
May 2
RECOGNIZE-BARTHOLOMEW I
May 9
MEMORIAL-CPL. DANIEL BAKER
May 26
AUDIT-LINCOLN PRES. FOUNDATION
May 26
U.S. FLAG-21ST STAR
May 26
HONORS-U.S. SENATOR E. DIRKSEN
May 29
CONGRATS-MENARD FARM BUREAU
May 2
COUNTIES-DOCUMENTS-MILITARY
May 1
DRYCLEANER RESPONSE TRUST FUND
May 14
VEH CD-ZIPPER MERGE
April 12
PUBLIC USE TRUST-AGREEMENTS

The following table shows the bills to which Butler 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. Mike Murphy (R-99); Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
IDPH-ALLERGEN AWARENESS
Rep. Norine K. Hammond (R-93); Sen. Jil Tracy (R-47)
VEH CD-TEXTING BODILY HARM
Sen. Terry Link (D-30)
SUICIDE-FIRST RESPONDERS
Rep. John C. D'Amico (D-15); Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
TRANSPORTATION-TECH
Rep. John C. D'Amico (D-15); Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
TRANSPORTATION-TECH
Rep. John C. D'Amico (D-15); Sen. Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
TRANSPORTATION-TECH
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19); Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2)
PEN CD-DEFERRED COMPENSATION
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
UTILITIES-INFRASTRUCTURE
Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26)
VICTIM STATEMENTS-DISCOVERY
Rep. Gregory Harris (D-13)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-54)
CON AMEND-TAX-2/3RDS VOTE
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
AMBUCS APPRECIATION MONTH
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99)
CONGRATS-CHARLIE WHELER
Rep. Charles Meier (R-108)
KASKASKIA WATERSHED PLAN
Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-1); Rep. John Connor (D-85)
VEH CD-POLICE MEMORIAL SPOUSES
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
DRYCLEANER RESPONSE TRUST FUND
Sen. Suzy Glowiak (D-24); Rep. Natalie A. Manley (D-98)
ALZHEIMER'S-ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31); Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-86)
PENCD-DNST FIRE-SECONDARY EMPT
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-84)
ANIMALS-ADMINISTRATIVE FINES
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Sen. Andy Manar (D-48)
LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92)
INSTALLMENT SALES-DEFINITIONS
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
Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40)
BANKING-CANNABIS BUSINESSES
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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