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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 4

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

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H1H1H1H1S17S17S17S17
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12341234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Sandall 34465696
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.1109.79.49.6
Difference -3.7-3.0-2.7-1.1-5.2-3.7-0.4-3.6
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerLower==Lower
 
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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 34465696
Bills passed 23444386
Passage rate 67%75%100%67%80%50%89%100%
Chamber average 63%54%61%53%78%70%71%71%
Difference +4.0+21+39+14+1.6-20.5+18+29
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 122314151413
Chamber average 3.83.33.63.414131213
Difference -2.8-1.3-1.6-0.4+0.4+1.7+1.6-0.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower==========
 
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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 1224176440455247
Total votes held 699657727734975910919931
Absentee rate 1.7%3.7%2.3%8.7%4.1%4.9%5.7%5.0%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%11%11%8.0%12%
Difference -4.6-2.7-2.9+0.7-7.1-6.6-2.3-7.2
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower
 
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"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 4849483837223316
Total votes held 699657727734975910919931
"Nay" rate 6.9%7.5%6.6%5.2%3.8%2.4%3.6%1.7%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%2.7%2.5%4.0%2.6%
Difference -1.7+0.2-0.5-1.3+1.1-0.1-0.4-0.9
Comparison Lower====LowerHigher====Lower
 
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Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 71%69%73%76%68%67%71%79%
Chamber average 67%66%67%66%70%71%70%71%
Difference +3.4+2.6+6.5+9.2-1.8-4.2+1.2+8.1
Comparison Higher==HigherHigher======Higher
 
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Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
 
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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%94%95%96%97%98%97%99%
Chamber average 94%95%95%94%98%98%97%98%
Difference +1.5-0.3-0.4+2.5-1.3+0.1-0.1+0.5
Comparison Higher======LowerLower======
 
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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%89%88%82%91%94%89%87%
Chamber average 82%85%87%83%92%91%88%92%
Difference +3.3+3.2+1.2-0.9-0.7+3.2+0.7-5.0
Comparison ==Higher======Higher==Lower

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
2021 Sandall SB0061S03 12 15 11% Senate/ failed
2017 Sandall HB0219S02 55 16 55% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Sandall SJR007 56 15 58% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Sandall SB0130S02 57 14 61% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Sandall SJR007 25 4 72% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Sandall HB0296S02 63 10 73% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Sandall SB0130S02 61 9 74% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2016 Sandall HCR013 58 8 76% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Sandall SJR007 24 3 78% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2021 Sandall SB0147S04 63 7 80% House/ 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
2022 Sandall SB0218S02 27 0 100% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2022 Sandall SB0218S02 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Sandall SB0218S02 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Sandall SB0218S02 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Sandall SB0203S01 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Sandall SB0203S01 70 0 100% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2022 Sandall SB0203S01 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Sandall SB0203S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Sandall SB0119S02 59 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Sandall SB0119S02 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading