The 2015 Legislative Scorecard is now available.
Each year, United for Missouri selects bills that fall into the fiscal responsible, limited government mission of the organization. Bills are selected without regard to how any particular legislator voted. The bills scored have either been voted on by both chambers or by one or the other.
The bills are assigned weighted values. For example, HB116 and Medicaid Expansion votes carried the highest weighting. The Veto Override vote on HB116 will be scored and will carry up to half the total points available. It’s that important to Missouri’s economic future!
Absences are not counted against legislators on bills that were scored but the value of that bill’s score is subtracted from the total score available. No one with an absence on a scored bill can receive a 100% score as they did not vote on all bills.
Here are the bills scored, a brief description and the vote necessary to obtain the maximum score:
|Rated Bill||Description||Score Vote:|
|HA16HB11||Medicaid Expansion||Amendment to expand Obamacaid||NO|
|HB116||Employee Freedom||Brings employee freedom to Missouri making the state competitive with 25 other states seeing job creation, wage increases and population growth||YES|
|HB130||Prescription Drug Database||Establishes state run database of prescription pain drugs taken by all Missourians.||NO|
|HB150||Unemployment Reform||Restores incentive to find a job after being unemployed.||YES|
|HB207||Eliminates RLC’s||Eliminates the use of red light cameras.||YES|
|HB42||School Reforms||Addresses the cost and impact of transfer students on neighboring districts and establishes more accountability.||YES|
|HB714||Allows taxing of cell phones for local 911||Allows local government to place cell phone tax on ballot. state voters have turned down issue 3 times.||NO|
|HB722||Prohibits Plastic Bag only and Local Minimum Wage||Prohibits out of control politically correct local government ordinances.||YES|
|HJR34||State Spending Limitation||Caps general revenue spending increases to inflation plus population.||YES|
|SA 2 SB210||Medicaid Expansion||Amendment to expand Obamacaid||NO|
|SB14||Transparency Portal||Expands spending data available on the Missouri Accountability Portal||YES|
|SB190||Removes KC transportation sales tax sunset||Removes sunset on tax but does not require a new vote on the tax.||NO|
|SB239||MedMal Reform||Restores reasonable limits on medical malpractice claims||YES|
|SB24||Modifies Welfare Benefits||Requires the “work” portion of Welfare to Work to Missouri’s program.||YES|
|SB330||Prohibits Unilateral Bond Extension||Removes any doubt that Governor does not have the authority to “extend” existing stadium bonds in St Louis to build new stadium.||YES|
|SB433||Balanced Budget Amendment Compact||Missouri would join in call for Federal Balanced Budget Amendment||YES|
|SB63||Prescription Drug Database||Establishes state run database of prescription pain drugs taken by all Missourians.||NO|
This year, the House had several members who scored 100% (11) and four (4) more who would have received 100% if they hadn’t been absent on a vote.
The Senate would have had two (2) members who scored 100% but they each missed a vote.
More details on the 2015 Legislative Scorecard are available in the following searchable files.