06 August 2023

Regular legislative session-plus scores, 2023

With everything dealt with, and veto session conlcuded, the Louisiana Legislature Log presents its 2023 Louisiana Legislature scorecard. Thirteen bills were selected and weighed for computation. These were chosen from the watch list compiled throughout the session. For a bill’s vote 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. In the case of constitutional amendments, the governor’s score was adjusted similarly.

For HB 648 the votes used were from the veto session, while for HB 81, HB 182, HB 188, and HB 466 House votes were from the veto session while Senate votes came from the final vote of the regular session. All others used final votes for passage in the regular session.