2020 Scoring

We track every bill the Legislature passes during a General Session and identify the most important ones. The Better Utah team monitored each bill that went through the General Legislative Session and narrowed it down to the 54 most important ones.

Lawmakers received scores on these individual bills:

  • 3 points for sponsoring or floor sponsoring a bill in line with Better Utah’s position, -3 points for sponsoring a bill out of line with Better Utah’s position.
  • 1 point for a vote in line with Better Utah’s position on a bill, 0 points for no vote, or -1 point for a vote out of line with Better Utah’s position.
  • Lawmakers could also earn an additional 1 or -1 point for cosponsoring a bill.

In a change from past years, the 2020 Progress Report includes both bills that passed the Legislature and bills that received some votes but ultimately did not pass. Bills that were introduced but never received any votes were not considered. Lawmakers were only graded on the bills they had the opportunity to vote on. (For example, a lawmaker would receive a score of 0 on an individual bill if they were absent or abstained from voting. A lawmaker would not receive a score on a bill that did not make it to their chamber, and that bill would not be included in calculating their overall score.

In another change from past years, letter grades were assigned based on a distribution of A-F. So for a score averaging 15 bills, the grade distribution would break down as follows:

13-15 10-12 7-9 4-6 1-3

In this scenario, any scores higher than 15 would receive an A+, while any scores lower than 1 would also receive an F.

Scoring Guide

Action Type Points
Voted in Line w Better Utah Position 1
Absent/Not Voting 0
Voted Out of Line w Better Utah Position -1
Co-Sponsored in Line 1 additional point
Co-Sponsored Out of Line -1 additional point
Sponsored/Floor Sponsored in Line 3 points
Sponsored/Floor Sponsored Out of Line -3 points
“Did not have the opportunity to vote (bill not counted toward thier overall total)” -

2019 Scoring

Category # of Bills A+ A B C D F
Strong Communities 16 17+ 13-16 9-12 5-8 1-4 0-
Equal Rights 14 15+ 12-14 9-11 5-8 1-4 0-
Good Government 14 15+ 12-14 9-11 5-8 1-4 0-
Sustainable Future 15 16+ 13-15 9-12 5-8 1-4 0-
Final Grade 59 60+ 46-59 31-45 16-30 1-15 0-

How Points Were Allotted
Action Type Points
Voted in Line 1
No Vote 0
Voted Out of Line -1
Sponsored in Line 3
Co-Sponsored in Line 2
Sponsored Out of Line -3
Co-Sponsored Out of Line -2
Ballot Proposition Overturn: Score x2