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Q2 2019 Legislation: Rep. Dave Severin sponsors or co-sponsors 57 bills

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By Local Labs News Service | Aug 17, 2019

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Rep. Dave Severin (R-117) sponsored eight bills in the second quarter of 2019, equal to the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 49 bills, two more than the average, according to a Carbondale Reporter 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 Severin sponsored in the second quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
April 8
SCH CD-STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS
April 29
MEMORIAL-MAYOR ROBERT BUTLER
May 7
MEMORIAL-KODY VANFOSSAN
May 22
CONGRATS-MATTHEW E. THERY
May 22
CONGRATS-JUDY SCOTT
May 9
PROP TX-WATER TREAT FACILITIES
April 11
CONVEYANCE-SIU TO CARTERVILLE
May 7
PENCD-IMRF-DNST FIRE-HIRE DATE

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Darren Bailey (R-109)
TRANSPORTATION-TECH
Rep. Norine K. Hammond (R-93); Sen. Jil Tracy (R-47)
VEH CD-TEXTING BODILY HARM
Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr. (D-86); Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43)
EPA-UNCONTAMINATED PLASTICS
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-118)
GA-PER DIEM & COLAS
Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74); Sen. Dan McConchie (R-26)
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER-CRIM CHECK
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115); Sen. Sue Rezin (R-38)
AGING-ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-48); Sen. Suzy Glowiak (D-24)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60); Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-56)
CRIM CD-PLACE OF WORSHIP
Rep. Sue Scherer (D-96)
US CONST-ART V-APPLICATION
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115)
IL EPILEPSY ADVOCACY DAY
Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-101)
RECOGNIZE-NAT. DAY OF PRAYER
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82)
CONGRATS-LISA GUINAN
Rep. Charles Meier (R-108)
KASKASKIA WATERSHED PLAN
Rep. Margo McDermed (R-37)
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED CRISIS
Rep. Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
GO GREEN DAY
Rep. John Connor (D-85)
CRIM CD-EAVESDROP EXTENSION
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-7)
CHARTER SCH COMMISSION-ABOLISH
Rep. Kelly M. Burke (D-36)
STATE TREASURER-ABLE ACCOUNT
Sen. Andy Manar (D-48); Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112)
IL TEACHING EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
Rep. Nathan D. Reitz (D-116)
AGRICULTURE ED TEACHER PROGRAM
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42); Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-70)
INSURANCE-DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM
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
Sen. Brian W. Stewart (R-45); Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-74)
MILITARY JUSTICE-UNIFORM CODE
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10)
TOBACCO PRODUCTS COMPLIANCE
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115)
IAI EFFICIENCY COURSE TRANSFER
Sen. Andy Manar (D-48)
HGHER ED-DIVERSE FACULTY GRANT
Sen. Dale Fowler (R-59)
PROP TX-WATER TREAT FACILITIES
Sen. Dale Fowler (R-59)
PROP TX-WATER TREAT FACILITIES
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7); Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18)
ANCRA-CRIM INVESTIGATIONS
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7)
DHS-CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Sen. Chapin Rose (R-51); Rep. Dan Brady (R-105)
SCH CD-TEMP DOOR LOCK DEVICE
Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-7); Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81)
IDPH-SUICIDE PREVENTION
Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-10); Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R-20)
DENSE BREAST TISSUE ACT
Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-17); Rep. Arthur Turner (D-9)
FILM TAX CREDIT-PERMANENT
Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-14); Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
GOVT ETHICS-ECONOMIC INTERESTS
Sen. Omar Aquino (D-2); Rep. Carol Ammons (D-103)
VEH CD-LICENSE TO WORK ACT
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91)
AGG ASSAULT&BAT-VET&SERVICEMEM
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27); Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-41)
SOCIAL WORKER AUTHORIZED EXAM
Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22); Rep. Michael Halpin (D-72)
HIGHER ED-IN-STATE TUITION
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-27); Rep. Mark L. Walker (D-53)
COM COL-MANUFACTURING GRANTS
Rep. Dave Severin (R-117)
PENCD-IMRF-DNST FIRE-HIRE DATE
Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23); Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77)
PARENTAL RIGHT TERMINATION
Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-23)
GENERAL ASSISTANCE-IN-KIND AID
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
HOTEL CASINO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

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