Arizona’s 51st Legislature, First Regular Session 2013
The Goldwater Institute has released its 11th annual Legislative Report Card. It analyzes 328 votes taken by the Arizona Legislature in 2013 — 165 in the Senate and 163 in the House of Representatives, out of the 1,252 bills introduced overall. The Report Card separates legislative votes into four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget
The highest overall score was that of Senate President Andy Biggs and Sen. Judy Burges, both at 74 percent. Freshman state Rep. Darin Mitchell received the highest score in the House: 72 percent. Be sure to read through the various categories to see how your own district legislators rated.
Table 12 on page 38 highlights the top-five scoring legislators in all score categories.
Table 13 on page 39 shows the lowest-five scoring legislators in all score categories.
“After redistricting, and with the battle over Medicaid expansion producing unusual anti-liberty coalitions, it appears the pro-liberty gains of past years have been blunted,” said Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute Director for Policy Development and the author of the report. “Hopefully, this will prove to be a temporary phenomenon. There is reason to hope because, while average scores are lower, most median scores are higher, indicating that more legislators have improved their scores than otherwise.”