Recap: The 2014 Utah Legislature

I’ve just posted several items about the recently concluded legislative session. Here’s a quick overview:

The 2014 Legislature: Slow out of the gate, frantic in the stretch. Legislators considered 786 bills, but a procedural change caused a major crunch in the last few days of the session.

Once again, consensus voting reigns in the Utah Legislature. Votes seldom fail in the Legislature. Instead, most bills pass with broad bipartisan support. This post also lists how frequently each legislator votes “nay.” Rep McCay and Rep Anderegg top the list.

The closest votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature. The title says it all.

Who sponsored the most bills in the 2014 Utah Legislature? Some legislators introduced no bills. Sen. Bramble led the pack with 26 bills.

Who missed the most votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature?. Senators miss a lot of votes, as do budget chairs and some floor leaders.

Bonus: Here are some items I posted while the session was still in progress.

Did changing the calendar create a major crunch day in the Legislature? (Posted March 13th, the morning of the final day.) The answer, posted earlier today, is apparently “yes.”

How busy has the Legislature been so far? Checking in on the workload as of week 5 of the 7-week session, and seeing early signs of the end-of-session crunch that was already developing.

Does it matter that the Utah Senate votes twice on each bill? (Posted February 11th.) The Senate holds two floor votes on each bill, unlike the House. But Senators tend to skip the first floor vote, and they never reverse themselves on the second floor vote, which might leave one wondering what the point of holding two floor votes is.

I’ve got lots more statistics about the Legislature on my personal website that I don’t plan to write up for a blog post. You can poke around to see what I’ve got by clicking here.

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Adam Brown is an associate 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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