Welcome, visitor! Log in


Start Here: Navigation

All opinions on this site are my own, not my employer's.

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

PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Course grades

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. You can view your letter grades for 399r online. If you haven't picked up your portfolio and still want to, I might be hard to catch over the next few [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Final exam scores and course grades

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. Log into the course website to see your score on the final and your overall letter grade. I will wait a day or two before submitting grades to the [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands


Thursday, April 16th, 2015. No, you do not need a bluebook. Sorry. That's what I get for copying and pasting language from the syllabus that I wrote several weeks ago.

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

About the final

Thursday, April 16th, 2015. I have written the exam. It takes the same format as the midterm and has a similar length. The university schedules 3 hours for the test, but I expect [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

A couple things about the Moab field trip

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015. Some of this repeats things I said at the end of class today, but not all of it. (1) Please meet at 7:55am by the JKB for a prompt 8:00am departure. [continued ...]

PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Portfolios are available for pickup

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015. You may log in to the 399r website to check your portfolio grade. I will be here until almost 5p today. I should be here Weds from around 9a-12p. [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Thursday itinerary

Monday, April 6th, 2015. You can download the Moab field trip guide, which includes a full itinerary, by looking under Thursday in the syllabus. You aren't required to read [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Term papers and field trip

Monday, April 6th, 2015. We will meet at noon by the JKB again. This time we are going to areas around Utah Lake. Bring your complete term paper for the peer review exchange [continued ...]

Note that this list may be up to 12 hours out of date.