The closest votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature

Close votes are rare in the Utah Legislature. Instead, the typical bill passes with over 90% of legislators voting the same way. There are exceptions to every rule, of course. Here, I’ve listed the 20 closest votes in each chamber this year. Click a bill’s name to read its content; click a vote breakdown to see how individual legislators voted. (If you’re looking for the closest votes from past years, click here.)

The 20 closest votes in the 2014 Utah House

Bill Vote type Ayes-Nays-Absent Vote margin
SB0257 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-37-0 1
HB0140 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-36-1 2
HB0358 House/ failed 36-38-1 2
SB0097S03 House/ failed 35-37-3 2
HB0297 House/ failed 35-38-2 3
SB0023 House/ failed 33-36-6 3
SB0072S01 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-35-2 3
SB0237 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-35-1 4
HB0077 House/ failed 32-37-6 5
HB0091S01 House/ failed 35-40-0 5
HB0409 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-33-3 6
SB0053S02 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-32-4 7
SB0072S01 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-31-6 7
HB0094 House/ failed 32-40-3 8
HB0228S01 House/ failed 33-41-1 8
HJR008S01 House/ failed 32-41-2 9
SB0093S02 House/ passed 3rd reading 40-31-4 9
SB0097S03 House/ floor amendment failed 31-40-4 9
SB0179S03 House/ floor amendment 39-29-7 10
SB0179s02 House/ floor amendment 39-29-7 10

The 20 closest votes in the 2014 Utah Senate

Bill Vote type Ayes-Nays-Absent Vote margin
HB0418S03 Senate/ failed 13-13-3 0
SB0202 Senate/ failed 14-14-1 0
HB0020S02 Senate/ circled 14-13-2 1
HB0020S02 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 15-13-1 2
SJR015S01 Senate/ failed 13-15-1 2
HB0120S01 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 15-12-2 3
SB0164 Senate/ failed 14-11-4 3
SB0202 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 15-12-2 3
SJR003 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 16-13-0 3
SB0012 Senate/ failed 12-16-1 4
SB0048S01 Senate/ failed 12-8-9 4
SB0111S03 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 16-12-1 4
SB0114 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 16-12-1 4
SB0243 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 15-11-3 4
HB0140 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 15-9-5 6
HB0356S01 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 17-11-1 6
HB0356S01 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 17-11-1 6
SB0112S01 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 16-10-3 6
SB0157 Senate/ failed 11-17-1 6
SB0249S01 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 17-11-1 6

You’ll find lots more statistics and analysis of the Utah Legislature here.

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About Adam Brown

Adam Brown is an assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University and a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. You can learn more about him at his website.
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