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Representative Laura Black
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 2
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Laura Black'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.

Rep. Black's statistical profile

20092010
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouse
  District H45H45
  Party DD
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 12
Years comparison LowerLower
 
20092010
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Black 35
Chamber average 5.96.1
Difference -2.9-1.1
Comparison Lower==
 
20092010
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Black's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 35
Bills passed 01
Passage rate 0.0%20.0%
Chamber average 59.9%60.9%
Difference -59.9-40.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
20092010
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 00
Chamber average 2.82.8
Difference -2.8-2.8
Comparison LowerLower
 
20092010
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 216
Total votes held 600614
Absentee rate 0.3%2.6%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%
Difference -5.7-4.2
Comparison LowerLowerLower
 
20092010
"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 8154
Total votes held 600614
"Nay" rate 13.5%8.8%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%
Difference +5.4+1.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
 
20092010
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 47.1%55.7%
Chamber average 66.5%69.0%
Difference -19.4-13.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
20092010
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 22.742.8
Chamber average 55.260.8
Difference -32.5-18.0
Comparison LowerLowerLower
 
20092010
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 -77.5-76.2
Chamber average 3.9-4.9
Difference -81.4-71.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
20092010
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Black 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) 96.8%95.8%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%
Difference +2.5+1.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
 
20092010
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) 96.0%81.7%
Chamber average 81.4%84.3%
Difference +14.6-2.6
Comparison HigherHigher==

Votes on Rep. Black's bills

Only 1 bills sponsored by Rep. Black have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Black sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2010 Black HB0029 26 2 85.7% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Black HB0029 23 1 91.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Black HB0029 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading