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Senator Gregory S. Bell
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2009
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2009: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2009: 7

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Gregory S. Bell's service in the Utah legislature. I highlight differences from chamber averages using little green and red arrows. The number of arrows is statistically determined. More arrows indicate a larger difference compared to the chamber average, in relation to how much diversity there is among legislators on this metric. If all legislators introduce exactly 5 bills, then a legislator who introduces 10 is very different; if legislators vary wildly in how many bills they introduce (but the average is still 5), then a legislator who introduces 10 bills may be less different from average. The standard deviation measures this diversity.

Sen. Bell's statistical profile

200720082009
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenate
  District S22S22S22
  Party RRR
Leadership NoneNoneAsstWhip
Years in chamber 567
Years comparison ====Higher
 
200720082009
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Bell 211711
Chamber average 9.69.89.0
Difference +11.4+7.2+2.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Bell's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 211711
Bills passed 9910
Passage rate 42.9%52.9%90.9%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%
Difference -19.6-15.1+28.1
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigher
 
200720082009
Bills floor sponsored. A "floor sponsor" is like a secondary sponsor of a bill. After a bill passes the sponsor's chamber, its sponsor needs to find a "floor sponsor" in the other chamber to usher it through the other chamber.
Total floor sponsored 261821
Chamber average 11.611.511.1
Difference +14.4+6.5+9.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009
Missed votes (learn more). Usually missed votes occur because of competing obligations within the legislature, not because the legislator has left the capitol.
Missed votes 7162126
Total votes held 820806807
Absentee rate 8.7%7.7%15.6%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%
Difference -0.2-1.9+4.5
Comparison ====Higher
 
200720082009
"Nay" votes (learn more). Most floor votes pass by overwhelming majorities, since unpopular bills get weeded out long before they reach the floor. As a result, "nay" votes are rare.
"Nay" votes 352616
Total votes held 820806807
"Nay" rate 4.3%3.2%2.0%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%
Difference +0.2-0.9-2.1
Comparison ==LowerLower
 
200720082009
Influence or "floor power" (learn more). What percentage of the time is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Floor power score 66.7%73.3%81.8%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%
Difference -3.1+4.2+12.2
Comparison ====Higher
 
200720082009
Ideology score 1 (from interest group ratings). Half a dozen interest groups release ratings of each legislator after each legislative session. I rescale them all from 0 (most liberal) to 100 (most conservative) and average them together, resulting in the numbers reported here.
Average rating 63.051.954.3
Chamber average 57.750.060.5
Difference +5.3+1.9-6.2
Comparison ====Lower
 
200720082009
Ideology score 2 (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using a widely accepted scaling method, I calculate each legislator's ideology score (called a "NOMINATE" score) after each legislative session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning; they are useful only for comparing two legislators. A legislator with a higher score is more to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
NOMINATE score -7.922.256.9
Chamber average 0.45.536.6
Difference -8.3+16.7+20.3
Comparison ======
 
200720082009
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Bell support his/her party? That is, what percentage of the time does the legislator vote with the majority of the other members of his/her party? Scores are usually easily above 90%.
Score (overall) 95.3%97.2%97.1%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%
Difference -1.4+0.1-0.1
Comparison Lower====
 
200720082009
Party support score (party-line only) (learn more). This is the same as the "raw" party support score, but we look only at party-line votes when calculating this. A "party-line" vote occurs when the majority of Democrats votes against the majority of Republicans. Although party-line votes are rare, looking at the legislator's party support score in this setting can be revealing.
Score (party-line only) 68.2%81.6%76.0%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%
Difference -15.2-3.2-13.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Bell's bills

Many votes have been held on bills sponsored by Sen. Bell. In the interest of space, I display only the most and least divisive votes held on Sen. Bell's bills.

Sen. Bell's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Bell that had the closest vote margin (as a percent of the total votes cast). When there are ties, I list the most recent bills first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2007 Bell SB0023S02 39 34 6.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Bell SB0023S02 12 14 7.7% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2007 Bell SB0251S02 17 12 17.2% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2009 Bell SB0184S01 42 27 21.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Bell SB0023S02 18 11 24.1% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2009 Bell SB0184S01 17 8 36.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Bell SB0299S01 21 7 50.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2007 Bell SB0023S02 23 6 58.6% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Bell SB0251S02 52 13 60.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Bell SB0065S01 22 4 69.2% Senate/ pass 3rd

Sen. Bell's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Bell that had the widest vote margin (as a percent of the total votes cast). When there are ties, I display the most recent bills first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2009 Bell SR0003S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Bell SB0269 28 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2009 Bell SB0269 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Bell SB0269 26 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Bell SB0269 24 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2009 Bell SB0248S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2009 Bell SB0215 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Bell SB0209 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Bell SB0209 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Bell SB0209 26 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd