09 July 2017

Legislative regular session scores, 2017


With all business disposed of relative to the 2017 Regular Session, legislators and the governor can receive grades (barring a miraculous veto override session). Twelve bills were selected and weighed for computation, all but two 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:

03 July 2017

Legislative regular session through Jul. 1, 2017

The dust has cleared with the final disposition of bills by the governor. Next week’s last edition will reveal the scorecard for him and lawmakers.

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: SB 67 was signed by the governor; SB 98 was signed by the governor; SB 100 was signed by the governor.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: SB 25 was signed by the governor; SB 79 was signed by the governor.