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Recap: The 2015 Utah Legislature

Last Thursday, the Utah Legislature concluded its seven-week annual lawmaking session. The state’s major newspapers have already published several excellent recaps of the major policy changes coming out of the session. So now I’ll give my annual recap of the session’s trends … Continue reading

Which legislators missed the most votes in 2015?

When it comes to healthy legislators, Greg Hughes set a new record this year for missing votes

Utah Legislators considered 831 bills during the seven-week 2015 General Session, passing 528 of them. Debating so many bills in so little time inevitably means that legislators leave the floor to court allies, negotiate language, meet with lobbyists, and generally … Continue reading

Who sponsored the most bills in 2015?

Sen. Bramble has been the most active bill sponsor for 5 of the past 6 legislative sessions, introducing a total of 158 bills and resolutions over the past 6 years.

The Utah Legislature considered 831 bills during the 2015 General Session, passing 528 of them. That’s a lot of bills to pass in only 7 weeks, especially when you consider that there are only 104 legislators: 75 in the House, … Continue reading

The naysayers: Which Utah legislators vote ?no? the most?

I've heard Rep. Dan McCay called Dan McNay. It seems his claim to that nickname is secure.

The Utah Legislature governs by consensus. In the Legislature’s 2015 General Session, the typical floor vote saw 92% (House) or 95% (Senate) of legislators voting the same way. Republicans control 84% of the seats. These high percentages mean that Republicans and Democrats … Continue reading

The closest votes in the 2015 Utah Legislature

The Legislature governs by consensus. Most bills pass overwhelmingly, with Democrats and Republicans voting together. But close votes do happen. Because 84% of Utah’s legislators are Republicans, the closest votes arise when Republicans are divided among themselves. Among other matters, this year’s … Continue reading

The 2015 Legislature passed 528 bills in 45 days

Though there were 87 more bills introduced in 2015 than 2008 overall, there were 84 fewer introductions within the first two weeks.

By the time the Utah Legislature concluded its seven-week General Session last Thursday, legislators had passed 528 bills (including resolutions). I’ve heard people call that a record. It might be. My data go back only to 2007, and it’s clearly a record since … Continue reading

My wonderful family, Oct 2010

Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.
Dieter Uchtdorf

Course announcements

Poli 110, Introduction to American Politics

Welcome to Poli 110!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015. Yep. You've found the course website. I'll periodically post announcements here. The most recent announcement will always appear at the top. If BYU [continued ...]

Poli 397, Legislative Internship Preparation


Sunday, November 1st, 2015. Congratulations on being admitted to the Utah legislative internship program for winter 2016. I will periodically post announcements to this site. The [continued ...]

Poli 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands


Wednesday, June 17th, 2015. High score on the final was 96%. Mean was 83%. Well done overall. You can log in to the course website and see your letter grade for the course. I'll [continued ...]

Poli 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Please complete student ratings

Monday, June 15th, 2015. I always value student ratings, and I've told you in the past how the administration uses them. But I have an extra reason to plead with you all to [continued ...]

Poli 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. Bring an umbrella. There is a real chance of real rain in Moab tomorrow. That doesn't happen much. Lucky us. Remember, there's no bad weather, just [continued ...]

Poli 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Moab reminders

Monday, June 8th, 2015. I will pick up the van at 7:00am then drive to the pickup zone just east of the Wilkinson Center. (Note the different location from previous trips.) I [continued ...]

Poli 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Names and IDs

Monday, June 1st, 2015. The term paper instructions said to use your BYU ID in place of your name. You don't really have to do that. That's a policy I use when I'm employing [continued ...]

Poli 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Monday - rivers and dams

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015. For Monday's trip I'll have a BYU van. It will be awesome. Please meet up at 8:45am (by the police station door north of the JKB) so we can get to our [continued ...]

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