2018 Wyoming Scores

Principles of Liberty Bill Analysis Process

At Principles of Liberty, our goal is to focus the conversation on, “What is the proper role of the state government, and what is the best way to execute that role?” In order to accomplish that goal, we clearly identify our core principles, we provide free training classes around the state to explain those principles and how we apply them to legislation, and we engage with volunteers, legislators, lobbyists, activists and others to analyze legislation proposed at the Wyoming state capitol in real time during our state legislative session.

When analyzing a bill, we go to great lengths to ensure we understand that bill inside and out. We review the bill multiple times. We read all the statutes associated with that bill. If necessary we reach out to legislators, lobbyists, and anyone else who might have additional information about the bill or the “backstory” behind it. We also strive to publish our analysis of a bill beforeour legislators vote on it in third reading. This year we published ratings on 64 bills. Why those 64 bills? We analyzed more than 64 bills but only published ratings on the bills we had the resources to thoroughly analyze prior to the vote in third reading. We analyzed as many bills as we could, and we look forward to seeing the number of bills we report on grow in subsequent years. Although this year was a budget session, we already rated more bills this year than we did last year!

If you want to see us publish more bills, we encourage you to attend one of our classes in the fall where you’ll receive training to equip you to become a volunteer analyst. Remember that your legislator may not have voted on every single bill that we rated (for example: if the bill died in the House, your Senator did not have the opportunity to vote on it), so if you have questions about how a legislator voted on a particular bill, we encourage you to ask us or your legislator.

 

Principles of Liberty End of Session Scorecard

At the end of each state legislative session, Principles of Liberty (POL) collects legislator vote data on the bills that we evaluated during the session. We score a legislator’s votes on introduction, in committee, and on third reading. These “scores” are simply a byproduct of what we do—they are not the reason for what we do. Our goal is to generate discussion about the role of government, and the scorecards are simply an effective tool to help us do so. Our scores convey the percentage of the time that your legislator voted in agreement with our conclusions about the bills we rated.The POL scorecard provides raw scores that reflect the percentage of the time that a legislator voted “yes” on bills that POL said support our principles, and “no” on bills that POL said oppose our principles. We don’t expect anyone in politics to agree 100% of the time. These scores are helpful in identifying trends and making relative comparisons; they are not absolute indicators of “good” or “bad” legislators.

 

Summary

If you look at how we define our principles (located on our website), look at our explanations of the bills we rated, and find that in general you agree with our view on the role of government, then we hope these scores will provide you with a starting point for productive discussions with your legislators. Since we provide these scores as a tool for discussion, if you have a question about your legislator’s score we encourage you to ask them personally about their votes! If you agree with us on some bills but not on others, or if you want to see how your legislator voted on a particular bill and need help finding that information, send us an email and we’d be happy to help you. If you disagree with our principles or have questions about our methodology (we teach classes where we explain our principles and how we analyze bills!), feel free to reach out to us any time. Whether we agree or disagree at the end of the day, if we’re discussing what the proper role of government should be and whether our state legislators are executing that role then we are accomplishing our mission at Principles of Liberty.

This year’s Senate scores were significantly lower from last year’s Senate scores. The range of House scores moved upslightly. We encourage you to compare this year’s scores to last year’s scores to get an even broader picture of trends in the legislature.

We hope these numbers encourage you to discuss Free People, Free Markets, and Good Government in our great state!

House Scores

Rank Score Last Name County
1 85.5% Biteman Sheridan
2 83.6% Edwards Campbell
3 81.6% Piiparinen Uinta
4 78.3% Gray Natrona
5 77.0% Jennings Sheridan
6 76.8% Lone Laramie
7 74.1% Clem Campbell
8 73.3% Salazar Fremont
9 72.5% Blackburn Laramie
10 69.9% Loucks Natrona
11 69.8% Steinmetz Goshen
12 69.6% Hallinan Campbell
13 69.5% Laursen Park
14 68.9% Halverson Lincoln/Sublette/Teton
15 66.4% Miller Fremont
16 66.3% Winters Big Horn/Hot Springs/Fremont/Park
17 66.1% Lindholm Crook/Weston
18 66.0% Simpson Lincoln
19 65.1% Eyre Uinta
20 64.1% Greear Big Horn/Washakie
21 64.0% Stith Sweetwater
22 63.8% Madden Johnson/Sheridan
23 60.0% Olsen Laramie
24 58.8% Obermueller Natrona
25 57.1% Barlow Campbell/Converse
26 55.3% Henderson Laramie
27 54.1% Clausen Converse
28 53.2% Allen Fremont
28 53.2% Hunt Niobrara/Weston/Goshen
30 52.7% Pownall Campbell
31 52.3% Kinner Sheridan
32 52.2% Zwonitzer Laramie
33 52.1% Kirkbride Platte/Converse
33 52.1% Sweeney Natrona
35 51.3% Eklund Laramie/Goshen
35 51.3% Brown Laramie
37 51.2% Northrup Park
38 50.6% Blake Sweetwater
39 50.0% Court Park
40 49.7% MacGuire Natrona
40 49.7% Harshman Natrona
42 49.1% Haley Albany
43 47.9% Flitner Big Horn/Park
44 47.4% Crank Lincoln/Sweetwater/Uinta
45 47.2% Furphy Albany
46 46.8% Larsen Fremont
47 44.8% Paxton Carbon/Albany/Sweetwater
48 44.4% Wilson Laramie
49 43.6% Pelkey Albany
50 43.5% Nicholas Laramie
51 42.9% Burkhart Carbon
52 41.7% Freeman Sweetwater
53 40.8% Sommers Sublette
54 40.0% Schwartz Teton
55 39.4% Walters Natrona
56 39.1% Bovee Natrona
57 38.3% Connolly Albany
58 37.6% Byrd Laramie
59 37.1% Gierau Teton
60 35.4% Dayton Sweetwater

 

Senate Scores

Rank Score Last Name County
1 59.0% Case Fremont
2 48.8% Bouchard Laramie/Goshen
3 47.3% Hicks Albany/Carbon/Sweetwater
4 45.0% Agar Big Horn/Fremont/Hot Springs/Park/Washakie
5 40.8% Dockstader Lincoln/Sublette/Teton
6 38.5% Bebout Fremont
7 37.0% Perkins Natrona
8 35.0% Meier Goshen/Niobrara/Weston
9 33.7% Kinskey Sheridan/Johnson
10 33.6% Christensen Teton
11 33.3% Barnard Uinta
12 32.4% Coe Park
13 31.6% Moniz Albany
14 31.1% Scott Natrona
15 30.6% Baldwin Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta
16 30.5% Nethercott Laramie
17 30.3% Boner Converse/Platte
18 29.8% Wasseburger Campbell/Converse
19 29.4% Landen Natrona
20 29.1% Peterson Big Horn/Park
21 28.7% Driskill Crook/Campbell/Weston
22 27.7% Burns Sheridan
23 27.6% Pappas Laramie
24 27.3% Ellis Laramie
25 27.2% Anderson Natrona
26 26.7% Hastert Sweetwater
27 26.6% Von Flatern Campbell
28 25.4% Anselmi-Dalton Sweetwater
29 24.6% Rothfuss Albany
30 23.4% Emerich Laramie