The final actions of the 2013 General Assembly are in the books, the likelihood of a special session being very slim. United for Missouri has selected a set of bills and amendments in both the House and the Senate and evaluated them against fiscal responsible, limited government criteria.
A detailed explanation of how the scorecard was developed can be found here.
A legislator who was absent for a vote was not awarded any points for or against that vote. While I’m certain we could correctly forecast how the legislator would have voted on the issue, it would obviously be our best guess. As a result, some scores may have been higher or lower without the absences.
At least one Senator (Lager) and three Representatives (Brattin, Parkinson and Pogue) would have likely received 100% scores. Unfortunately with the absence, they could only be awarded 99%. Most have indicated how they would have voted, without knowing how we scored the bill, and all would have received a 100% score. Unfortunately, we can only score recorded votes.
Here are the top scores in the House and the Senate:
One way to look at these scores is to compare them with what we call the “Leadership” score. In the House, that would have been 93.2% and the Senate it would be 94%. This is the score that the Speaker and the President Pro Tem received in our scoring respectively.
Depending on the poltical spectrum you are on, say conservative or lean conservative, any score equal to or higher than the “Leadership” score would be good with a 100% obviously being the best. If you are liberal or lean liberal you would be looking for a score less than the “Leadership” score.
Some legislators do not like their actions such as their votes on issues exposed or publicized very much. They are perfectly content with letting what happens in Jefferson City stay in Jefferson City. It’s easier to campaign on what you want people to believe than on the facts on the record.
Others are more than willing to stand up and explain why they voted the way they did. That’s what legislators should be expected to do.
Hopefully the scorecard will help you ask your legislator those uncomfortable questions. Better yet – hopefully you will be one of those whose legislator received a high score and telling them “job well done!”