The closest votes in the 2015 Utah Legislature

The Legislature governs by consensus. Most bills pass overwhelmingly, with Democrats and Republicans voting together. But close votes do happen. Because 84% of Utah’s legislators are Republicans, the closest votes arise when Republicans are divided among themselves.

Among other matters, this year’s closest votes dealt with bitcoin (HCR 6), natural gas vehicles (HB 406), anonymous campaign contributions (HB 91), truth in advertising for cosmetic procedures (SB 85), transportation funding (HB 420), car emissions (HB 110), medical marijuana (SB 259), and a constitutional amendment to roll back last year’s Count My Vote compromise (SJR 2).

Below I’ve listed this year’s 20 closest votes in each chamber. Click a bill number to read the bill’s text. Click the vote breakdown to see how individual legislators voted.

The 20 closest votes in the 2015 Utah House

Bill Vote type Ayes-Nays-Absent Vote margin
HCR006S01 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-36-1 2
SB0250 House/ failed 35-38-2 3
HB0406S01 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-36-0 3
HJR014 House/ failed 34-38-3 4
SJR001 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-34-3 4
HJR015S02 House/ failed 32-37-6 5
HB0313S02 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-34-2 5
HB0244 House/ passed 3rd reading 38-33-4 5
HB0011 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-34-2 5
HB0376S01 House/ passed 3rd reading 40-34-1 6
HB0069S01 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-33-3 6
SB0033S01 House/ failed 32-39-4 7
SB0033S01 House/ recalled by House 40-33-2 7
SB0150 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-32-4 7
SB0293 House/ failed 31-38-6 7
SB0134S03 House/ passed 3rd reading 41-33-1 8
SB0078 House/ passed 3rd reading 39-31-5 8
HB0447S02 House/ passed 3rd reading 40-31-4 9
HB0394S02 House/ failed 32-41-2 9
HB0137S01 House/ failed 32-41-2 9

The 20 closest votes in the 2015 Utah Senate

Bill Vote type Ayes-Nays-Absent Vote margin
HB0091S04 Senate/ failed 12-12-5 0
SB0085S02 Senate/ failed 11-12-6 1
HB0420S02 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 15-14-0 1
HB0110S02 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 15-14-0 1
SB0259S04 Senate/ failed 14-15-0 1
SJR002 Senate/ failed 14-15-0 1
SB0208 Senate/ failed 12-14-3 2
SB0072 Senate/ failed 12-14-3 2
HJR007S01 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 15-13-1 2
SB0127S01 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 15-12-2 3
SB0053 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 15-12-2 3
HB0011 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 15-12-2 3
SB0259S04 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 16-13-0 3
SB0281S02 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 16-13-0 3
SB0242 Senate/ passed 2nd reading 15-11-3 4
SB0087 Senate/ failed 12-16-1 4
HB0285S03 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 16-12-1 4
HB0197S01 Senate/ passed 3rd reading 16-12-1 4
SB0207S06 Senate/ substituted from # 2 to # 3 15-10-4 5
HB0360S01 Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension 15-10-4 5

Visit my other site for additional statistics and raw data about the 2015 General Session.

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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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