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.