04 July 2015
And so the session is complete, save an unprecedented and miraculous veto override session being called. Thus, and appropriately on Independence Day, it’s time to compute the voting scorecard for the 2015 session. Twelve bills were selected and weighed for computation, all but two having been voted upon in both chambers. These were chosen mostly from the watch list compiled throughout the session, along with others of some importance. 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:
Happy Independence Day, and we are free of the Louisiana Legislature being in session for another few months (new governors almost always call special sessions, so look for this space to resume publishing in early 2016.) The final disposition of bills occurred this week.
THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 598 was signed by the governor; HB 735 was signed by the governor; HB 749 was signed by the governor; SB 98 was signed by the governor; SB 101 was signed by the governor; SB 133 was signed by the governor.