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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

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Reminder to meet at noon Weds

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015. As discussed in class, we will meet at 12:00pm tomorrow at the pickup/dropoff curb immediately north of the JKB. Be prompt. Wear good walking shoes. [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Plan ahead. And a well-timed visitor.

Monday, March 30th, 2015. I do not like assigning significant reading loads or writing assignments over Conference weekend, but with only 5 weeks for this class, it was [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands


Monday, March 23rd, 2015. I neglected to upload the pdf for today's reading before taking off for the weekend. Oops. It's fixed now. If necessary, you may consider it due Weds [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Silent Spring - finally

Thursday, March 19th, 2015. We didn't get to the excerpts from Rachel Carson's book in lecture yesterday. It's just as well, since several of you had trouble downloading it. [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

The dean and the download

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. (1) The dean of the FHSS college is making the rounds and sitting in on classes. He plans to sit in with us for part of our lecture tomorrow. I'm not [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

Term paper topics

Monday, March 16th, 2015. You can log in to the website and click "check my grades" to see your assigned topic. (I've emailed a couple of you about your proposals; you won't [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands


Monday, March 16th, 2015. Votes are in. It will be a one-day trip. Since this is my first time teaching this course, expect some wobbling with lecture length. Sometimes it will [continued ...]

PlSc 319r, Politics of Environment and Public Lands

What a beautiful day

Monday, March 16th, 2015. On my way to class I'm going to scope out some potential sites for meeting outside. So if you get there before me, maybe don't get all unpacked right [continued ...]

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