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Q1 2019 Legislation: Rep. Michael J. Zalewski sponsors or co-sponsors 86 bills

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By West Cook News | Jun 26, 2019


Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23) sponsored 50 bills in the first quarter of 2019, 14 more than the average Illinois state representative, and was added as a co-sponsor on 36 bills, 23 less than the average, according to a Chicago City Wire 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 Zalewski sponsored in the first quarter.

Bill Number
Date Introduced
Short Description
Feb. 27
LOCAL GOVERNMENT-TECH
Feb. 5
PEN CD-COOK CO-FURLOUGH CREDIT
Feb. 6
REVENUE-TECH
Jan. 8
VEH CD-MOBILE CARRYING DEVICE
Feb. 13
RUUPA-LIMITATIONS, VALUATION
Feb. 13
INC TX-THIRD-PARTY REPORTING
Feb. 13
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE ACT
Feb. 13
WILDLIFE-YOUTH DEER PERMITS
Feb. 13
PROP TX-PASSENGER RAIL
Feb. 13
INC TX-FRINGE
Feb. 13
LOCAL GOVERNMENT-TECH
Feb. 13
PROP TAX-SENIOR HOMESTEAD
Feb. 14
ALZHEIMER'S SCRATCH-OFF
Feb. 14
LIQUOR-CRAFT DISTILLER
Feb. 14
LIQUOR-DISTILLER PUBS
Feb. 14
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY-VARIOUS
Feb. 14
PEN CD-DNST FIRE-TIER 2
Feb. 14
PEN CD-DNST FIRE-TIER 2-AAI
Feb. 14
PEN CD-DNST FIRE-TIER 2 SALARY
Feb. 14
VEH CD-OFFICER LICENSE DECALS
Feb. 14
AVIATION FUEL TAX
Feb. 14
REGULATORY SANDBOX ACT
Feb. 14
TOLL HWY-VEH CHARGING STATIONS
Feb. 14
REVENUE-TECH
Feb. 14
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY-VARIOUS
Feb. 14
SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGULATION
Feb. 14
ROTA-SHARE INFORMATION
Feb. 15
SPORTS WAGERING-TECH
Feb. 15
INTERNET GAMING-TECH
Feb. 15
FANTASY SPORTS-TECH
Feb. 15
GAMING-TECH
Feb. 15
GAMING-TECH
Feb. 19
PEN CD-DNST FIRE-TIER 2
Feb. 15
FIRE MARSHAL-ETHYLENE OXIDE
Feb. 15
INC TX-R AND D CREDIT
Feb. 15
USE/OCC TAX-DATA CENTERS
Feb. 15
PROP TX-HOMESTEAD
Feb. 15
LIQUOR CONTROL-PEACE OFFICERS
Feb. 15
PROCUREMENT-REVENUE-SOFTWARE
Feb. 14
MUNICIPAL GAS USE TAX
Feb. 13
COMPTROLLER BUILDING-TOPINKA
March 21
ELECT CODE-ATTY NAME CHANGE
March 26
PROP TX-NON-EXEMPT PURPOSE
March 28
PROCUREMENT-REVENUE-SOFTWARE
Feb. 13
LIQUOR-BOND REQUIREMENTS
Feb. 13
PENCD-MWRD-AVERAGE FINAL SALRY
Feb. 14
PUBLIC HEALTH DENTAL HYGIENIST
Feb. 14
RTA&CTA-NOTES & LINE OF CREDIT
Feb. 14
PEN CD-CHI MUNI-VARIOUS
March 26
PENCD-MWRD-AVERAGE FINAL SALRY

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

Bill Number
Sponsors
Short Description
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
JUV CT-SPECIAL IMMIGRANT MINOR
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS-DRUG PRICE
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
PHARMACY-PRESCRIPTION LIMITS
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
PROP TX-RENTAL HOUSING
Rep. William Davis (D-30)
PROP TX-INCOME PRODUCING PROP
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
PENCD-CHI FIRE-ANNUAL INCREASE
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
PEN CD-ACCEL BENEFIT PAYMENT
Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy (D-14)
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39); Sen. Cristina Castro (D-22)
HUM RIGHTS-EMPLOYER-DEFINITION
Rep. Theresa Mah (D-2)
TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT PROGRAM
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-58)
PROPERTY-CONSERVATION RIGHTS
Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-35)
SUICIDE-FIRST RESPONDERS
Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. (D-40)
AGING-HOMEMAKER SERVICES-WAGES
Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46)
ORGAN DONOR PROTECTIONS
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
PEN CD-COOK COUNTY-FUNDING
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
PENCD-SERS-ALTERNATIVE ANNUITY
Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-35)
PEN CD-POL & FIRE-MEDICAL CARE
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
PEN CD-DEFERRED COMPENSATION
Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-51)
TREE CUTTING-PROTECTED LAND
Rep. Delia C. Ramirez (D-4)
INC TX-RENTAL-EX FELONS
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113)
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PRACTICE
Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz (D-1)
HOSPITAL-HEALTH INSURANCE POST
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
SCH CD-SEX EDUCATION-CONSENT
Rep. Karina Villa (D-49)
PET SHOP DOG/CAT SOURCING
Rep. Ann M. Williams (D-11)
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS-TECH
Rep. Gregory Harris (D-13)
REGULATION-TECH
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
DRUG MANUFACTURER-DISCLOSURES
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-17)
GUARDIANS-MINOR:NON-US PARENT
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97)
SEX OFFENDER REG-BATTERY
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-112); Sen. Melinda Bush (D-31)
SCH CD-ED SUPPORT PERSONNEL
Rep. André Thapedi (D-32)
2020 CENSUS GRANT PROGRAM ACT
Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24)
DREAM ACT-PASS
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-60)
HONOR WOMEN IN FACILITIES
Rep. Robert Martwick (D-19)
PEN CD-CHI FIRE-REAL PROPERTY
Rep. Keith R. Wheeler (R-50)
BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ACT

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