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Senator Scott D. Sandall
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2015
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 2

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Scott D. Sandall'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. Sandall's statistical profile

201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenate
  District H1H1H1H1S17S17
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123412
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Sandall 344656
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.110.29.7
Difference -3.7-3.0-2.7-1.1-5.2-3.7
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Sandall's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 344656
Bills passed 234443
Passage rate 66.7%75.0%100.0%66.7%80.0%50.0%
Chamber average 63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%78.4%70.5%
Difference +3.7+21.5+38.6+13.3+1.6-20.5
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower
 
201520162017201820192020
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 12231415
Chamber average 3.83.33.63.413.613.3
Difference -2.8-1.3-1.6-0.4+0.4+1.7
Comparison LowerLowerLower======
 
201520162017201820192020
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 122417644045
Total votes held 699657727734975910
Absentee rate 1.7%3.7%2.3%8.7%4.1%4.9%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%11.2%11.5%
Difference -4.6-2.7-2.9+0.7-7.1-6.6
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
"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 484948383722
Total votes held 699657727734975910
"Nay" rate 6.9%7.5%6.6%5.2%3.8%2.4%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%2.7%2.5%
Difference -1.7+0.2-0.5-1.3+1.1-0.1
Comparison Lower====LowerHigher==
 
201520162017201820192020
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 70.7%68.8%73.3%75.5%68.4%66.7%
Chamber average 67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%70.2%70.9%
Difference +3.4+2.6+6.5+9.2-1.8-4.2
Comparison Higher==HigherHigher====
 
201520162017201820192020
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 nananananana
Chamber average nananananana
Difference nananananana
Comparison nananananana
 
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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 30.551.445.58.584.284.6
Chamber average 19.025.220.79.841.634.7
Difference +11.5+26.2+24.8-1.3+42.6+49.9
Comparison ==HigherHigher==HigherHigher
 
201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Sandall 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%94.3%94.5%96.3%96.8%98.3%
Chamber average 93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%98.1%98.2%
Difference +1.5-0.3-0.4+2.5-1.3+0.1
Comparison Higher======LowerLower==
 
201520162017201820192020
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) 85.2%88.6%88.3%82.1%91.1%94.1%
Chamber average 81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%91.8%90.9%
Difference +3.3+3.2+1.2-0.9-0.7+3.2
Comparison ==Higher======Higher

Votes on Sen. Sandall's bills

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

Sen. Sandall's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Sandall 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
2017 Sandall HB0219S02 55 16 54.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Sandall HB0296S02 63 10 72.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Sandall HCR013 58 8 75.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Sandall HB0022 66 6 83.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Sandall SB0212S01 67 5 86.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Sandall HB0031 22 1 91.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2017 Sandall HB0219S02 23 1 91.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Sandall HB0432S01 71 3 91.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Sandall SB0004 27 1 92.9% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Sandall HB0031 27 1 92.9% Senate/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Sandall's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Sandall 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
2020 Sandall SCR001 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sandall SCR001 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Sandall SB0095S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Sandall SB0095S03 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sandall SB0095S03 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Sandall SB0063S02 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sandall SB0063S02 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Sandall SB0004 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Sandall SB0212S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Sandall SB0212S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading