03 July 2016

Legislative regular session scores, 2016

With all business disposed of relative to the 2016 Regular Session, legislators and the governor can receive grades (barring a miraculous veto override session). Fourteen bills were selected and weighed for computation, all but four having been voted upon in both chambers. These were chosen from the watch list compiled throughout the session. For a bill’s vote(s) to be selected, in one chamber there had to be more than one legislator not voting for the winning or losing side.

Being that passage of bills depends upon the seated membership of a body, not voting is counted as a negative vote. However, if a legislator had a leave of absence granted for that day, his absent votes weren’t counted for bills voted on that day and the score adjusted to take that into account.

Here are the bills with votes for final passage in every case on which the scorecard was computed, with the conservative/reform position and the weighing indicated:

Legislative special session through Jul. 2, 2016

And the governor dealt with the final parts to the Second Extraordinary Session of 2016:

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 50 was signed by the governor; SB 10 was signed by the governor.

25 June 2016

Legislative special session through Jun. 25, 2016

The Second Extraordinary Session of 2016 has concluded, with the following results, none of which were good:

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 35 was signed by the governor; HB 50 passed the Senate, was concurred in by the House, and was sent to the governor;  SB 10 with major amendment passed House committee, passed the House, was rejected by the Senate, had conference report approved by the Senate, and conference report approved by the House.

Legislative regular session through Jun. 25, 2016

While technically the governor still has a bit of time to make veto decisions, as far as relevant bills on the watch list, he has dealt with all of them. Thus, next week in this space will appear the voting scorecard for the 2016 regular session.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 922 was signed by the governor; HB 948 was signed by the governor; HB 1019 was signed by the governor; SB 317 was signed by the governor; SB 406 was signed by the governor; SB 446 was signed by the governor; SB 466 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 223 was signed by the governor; HB 805 was signed by the governor.

SCORECARD:
Total number of bills, House: 1167; total number of bills, Senate: 477.

Total number of good bills, House: 84; total number of good bills, Senate: 31.

Total number of bad bills, House: 65; total number of bad bills, Senate: 25.

Total House good bills heard in House committee: 53; total Senate good bills heard in Senate committee: 21.

Total House bad bills heard in House committee: 43; total Senate bad bills heard in Senate committee: 20.

Total House good bills passed by House committee: 21; total Senate good bills passed by Senate committee: 11.

Total House bad bills passed by House committee: 13; total Senate bad bills passed by Senate committee: 9.

Total House good bills approved by House: 16; total Senate good bills approved by Senate: 11.

Total House bad bills approved by House: 8; total Senate bad bills approved by Senate: 5.

Total House good bills heard in Senate committee: 13; total Senate good bills heard in House committee: 8.

Total House bad bills heard in Senate committee: 8; total Senate bad bills heard in House committee: 4.

Total House good bills approved by Senate committee: 10; total Senate good bills approved by House committee: 8.

Total House bad bills approved by Senate committee: 7; total Senate bad bills approved by House committee: 3.

Total House good bills approved by Senate: 10; total Senate good bills approved by House: 8.

Total House bad bills approved by Senate: 7; total Senate bad bills approved by House: 2.

Total House good bills going to governor: 10; total Senate good bills going to governor: 7.

Total House bad bills going to governor: 7; total Senate bad bills going to governor: 2.

Total House good bills signed by governor/filed with Secretary of State: 10; total Senate good bills signed by governor/filed with Secretary of State: 7.

Total House bad bills signed by governor/filed with Secretary of State: 7; total Senate bad bills signed by governor/filed with Secretary of State: 0.

18 June 2016

Legislative special session through Jun. 18. 2016

The fun never seems to stop as the second special session doggedly persists. New bills managed to hit one of the lists.

THE BAD: SB 10 by Sen. Rick Ward would foist a non-refunded inventory tax on practically all filers with more than a trivial amount of inventory; SB 13 by Sen. J.P. Morell would repeal deductibility of capital gains for state income tax computation.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 35 passed Senate committee and the Senate; HB 38 with major amendment passed House committee; HB 50 passed the House and with minor amendment passed Senate committee; SB 10 passed Senate committee and the Senate: SB 13 with minor amendment passed Senate committee