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Recap: The 2014 Utah Legislature

I’ve just posted several items about the recently concluded legislative session. Here’s a quick overview: The 2014 Legislature: Slow out of the gate, frantic in the stretch. Legislators considered 786 bills, but a procedural change caused a major crunch in … Continue reading

Who missed the most votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature?

Legislators miss a lot of votes in the Utah Legislature, and some miss more than others. As the figure below shows, there wasn’t much change in the overall absenteeism rate, with 12% of Senators and 6% of Representatives missing a … Continue reading

Who sponsored the most bills in the 2014 Utah Legislature?

Legislators vary widely in how many bills they introduce. Presiding officers (Speaker and Senate President) seldom sponsor bills, and that was the case again this year. Neither Speaker Lockhart nor President Niederhauser introduced any legislation. (Lockhart’s education technology initiative was … Continue reading

The closest votes in the 2014 Utah Legislature

Close votes are rare in the Utah Legislature. Instead, the typical bill passes with over 90% of legislators voting the same way. There are exceptions to every rule, of course. Here, I’ve listed the 20 closest votes in each chamber … Continue reading

Once again, consensus voting reigns in the Utah Legislature

Legislators don't like to vote "no," even for bills sponsored by the opposing party.

Utah legislators really don’t like to vote “no.” If a bill comes to a vote, you can be all but certain that it will succeed. The figure below tells the story; for each year since 2007, it shows the average … Continue reading

The 2014 Legislature: Slow out of the gate, frantic in the stretch

Clearly, something caused the Legislature to fall behind in its bill processing this year.

Utah legislators introduced 786 bills and resolutions in the 2014 session?fewer than the 800 we saw in 2009, but still higher than usual. However, a procedural change caused legislators to delay action on most of those bills until later in … Continue reading

My wonderful family, Oct 2010

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Course announcements

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Grade correction

Thursday, May 1st, 2014. I thought I posted PlSc 399r grades last week, so I was confused today when I was informed that I hadn't posted grades yet. I went into the system and [continued ...]

 
PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Letter grades

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. The Testing Center has recalculated scores. The denominator is now 62, not 65. Log into the PlSc 315 website to see your term paper grade, your [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Grades posted

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. I have posted grades to your records. If there are corrections let me know right away. After the last day of April it starts to require lots of [continued ...]

 
PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Final exam - Three questions dropped

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. There were 65 questions. After examining the item analysis provided by the Testing Center I have decided to drop items 12, 30, and 50. The logic here [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

Grades

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. You can log into the 399r website to see your overall grade for 399r. I'll post grades to BYU's website in a day or two, but I'll wait first in case [continued ...]

 
PlSc 399r, Utah Legislative Internship

At last, all portfolios are graded

Thursday, April 17th, 2014. I enjoy reading intern portfolios and seeing just how much good work my students do each year. Unfortunately, it takes a long time. I'm finally done. [continued ...]

 
PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Check my gradebook

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014. You can log into the course website and check what I have in the gradebook for you. Look for the "check my grades" link off to the right. You should [continued ...]

 
PlSc 315, Congress and the Legislative Process

Final exam format

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. You've just written a lengthy term paper, so there will be no bluebook this time. There are 65 multiple choice questions, all with equal weight. Given [continued ...]

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