Category Archives: Everything

The closest votes of the 2016 Legislature

Two of the session’s closest Senate votes came 45 minutes apart, voting on the same bill, within an hour of adjournment, with opposite results. The Utah Legislature loves consensus. Bills seldom pass on party-line votes. Instead, votes routinely pass with both … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The closest votes of the 2016 Legislature

Unanimity remained the rule in the 2016 Utah Legislature

Utah’s Republicans and Democrats vote together more often than they vote against each other. Last fall, House Minority Leader directed a scathing op-ed at his Republican counterparts. Near the end of the 2016 session, Utah’s legislators approved changes to the (traditionally bipartisan) … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The 2016 Legislature: Slowing down while speeding up

Legislators introduced 177 bills in the session’s final three weeks. Despite being limited to only 45 lawmaking days, Utah’s Legislature sure passes a lot of bills–2 to 3 times as many bills per year as Congress. After last year’s record … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The 2016 Legislature: Slowing down while speeding up

Is Utah A Swing State?

If Trump manages to obtain the Republican party’s nomination Utah may be a hotly contested battleground state in 2016. While we’re still more than a year away from electing our next president, news stories abound regarding the abundance of candidates … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Is Utah A Swing State?

Recap: The 2015 Utah Legislature

Last Thursday, the Utah Legislature concluded its seven-week annual lawmaking session. The state’s major newspapers have already published several excellent recaps of the major policy changes coming out of the session. So now I’ll give my annual recap of the session’s trends … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Recap: The 2015 Utah Legislature

Which legislators missed the most votes in 2015?

When it comes to healthy legislators, Greg Hughes set a new record this year for missing votes Utah Legislators considered 831 bills during the seven-week 2015 General Session, passing 528 of them. Debating so many bills in so little time … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Who sponsored the most bills in 2015?

Sen. Bramble has been the most active bill sponsor for 5 of the past 6 legislative sessions, introducing a total of 158 bills and resolutions over the past 6 years. The Utah Legislature considered 831 bills during the 2015 General Session, … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Who sponsored the most bills in 2015?

The naysayers: Which Utah legislators vote “no” the most?

I’ve heard Rep. Dan McCay called Dan McNay. It seems his claim to that nickname is secure. The Utah Legislature governs by consensus. In the Legislature’s 2015 General Session, the typical floor vote saw 92% (House) or 95% (Senate) of legislators voting … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The naysayers: Which Utah legislators vote “no” the most?

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The closest votes in the 2015 Utah Legislature

The 2015 Legislature passed 528 bills in 45 days

Though there were 87 more bills introduced in 2015 than 2008 overall, there were 84 fewer introductions within the first two weeks. By the time the Utah Legislature concluded its seven-week General Session last Thursday, legislators had passed 528 bills (including resolutions). I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Everything | Tagged , , | 3 Comments