2017 Utah State Legislative Grades

How did your Senator and Representative Vote on Key Environmental Issues?

Methodology and list of bills below

Representative AverageGrade
Arent, Patrice M. (D)100%A
Briscoe, Joel K. (D)100%A
Chavez-Houck, Rebecca (D)100%A
Hall, Craig (R)100%A
Hemingway, Lynn N. (D)100%A
Hollins, Sandra (D)100%A
King, Brian S. (D)100%A
Kwan, Karen (D)100%A
Moss, Carol Spackman (D)100%A
Poulson, Marie H. (D)100%A
Romero, Angela (D)100%A
Spendlove, Robert M. (R)100%A
Weight, Elizabeth (D)100%A
Wheatley, Mark A. (D)100%A
Winder, Mike (R)100%A
Duckworth, Susan (D)94.1%A
Edwards, Rebecca P. (R)93.3%A
Eliason, Steve (R)93.3%A
Snow, V. Lowry (R)90.9%A-
Gardiner, Adam (R)86.7%B
Redd, Edward H. (R)85.7%B
Ward, Raymond P. (R)85.7%B
Handy, Stephen G. (R)84.2%B
Potter, Val K. (R)83.3%B
Wilson, Brad R. (R)83.3%B
Christensen, LaVar (R)81.3%B-
Dunnigan, James A. (R)80.0%B-
Peterson, Jeremy A. (R)80.0%B-
Quinn, Tim (R)80.0%B-
Schultz, Mike (R)80.0%B-
Webb, R. Curt (R)80.0%B-
Westwood, John R. (R)80.0%B-
Christofferson, Kay J. (R)78.9%C+
Coleman, Kim F. (R)78.6%C+
Lisonbee, Karianne (R)78.6%C+
Miles, Kelly B. (R)78.6%C+
Perry, Lee B. (R)78.6%C+
Pitcher, Dixon M. (R)78.6%C+
Pulsipher, Susan (R)78.6%C+
Kennedy, Michael S. (R)77.8%C+
Moss, Jefferson (R)77.8%C+
Sagers, Douglas V. (R)76.9%C+
Barlow, Stewart E. (R)76.5%C
Fawson, Justin L. (R)76.5%C
Froerer, Gage (R)75.0%C
Sanpei, Dean (R)75.0%C
Ray, Paul (R)72.7%C-
Maloy, A. Cory (R)72.2%C-
Stratton, Keven J. (R)70.6%C-
Hutchings, Eric K. (R)70.0%C-
McCay, Daniel (R)69.2%D+
Owens, Derrin R. (R)68.8%D+
Brooks, Walt (R)68.4%D+
Chew, Scott H. (R)68.4%D+
Watkins, Christine F (R)68.4%D+
Grover, Keith (R)66.7%D
Hawkes, Timothy D. (R)66.7%D
Knotwell, John (R)66.7%D
McKell, Mike K. (R)66.7%D
Thurston, Norman K (R)66.7%D
Wilde, Logan (R)64.3%D
Ivory, Ken (R)61.5%D-
Albrecht, Carl R. (R)61.1%D-
Daw, Brad M. (R)60.0%D-
Nelson, Merrill F. (R)60.0%D-
Peterson, Val L. (R)60.0%D-
Stanard, Jon E. (R)60.0%D-
Last, Bradley G. (R)58.3%F
Cutler, Bruce R. (R)57.1%F
Sandall, Scott D. (R)55.6%F
Greene, Brian M. (R)53.3%F
Gibson, Francis D. (R)50.0%F
Hughes, Gregory H. (R)50.0%F
Noel, Michael E. (R)50.0%F
Roberts, Marc K. (R)40.0%F
House Average77.7%C+

 


SenatorAverageGrade
Escamilla, Luz (D)100.0%A
Iwamoto, Jani (D)100.0%A
Mayne, Karen (D)93.3%A
Dabakis, Jim (D)92.9%A-
Davis, Gene (D)91.7%A-
Millner, Ann (R)91.7%A-
Niederhauser, Wayne L. (R)90.0%A-
Harper, Wayne A. (R)87.5%B+
Buxton, D. Gregg (R)86.7%B
Weiler, Todd (R)85.7%B
Shiozawa, Brian E. (R)84.6%B
Van Tassell, Kevin T. (R)84.6%B
Fillmore, Lincoln (R)83.3%B
Okerlund, Ralph (R)81.8%B-
Knudson, Peter C. (R)81.3%B-
Bramble, Curtis S. (R)80.0%B-
Christensen, Allen M. (R)80.0%B-
Hemmert, Daniel (R)80.0%B-
Henderson, Deidre M. (R)80.0%B-
Vickers, Evan J. (R)80.%B-
Hillyard, Lyle W. (R)77.8%C+
Anderegg, Jacob L. (R)76.9%C+
Hinkins, David P. (R)75.0%C
Stephenson, Howard A. (R)75.0%C
Adams, J. Stuart (R)73.3%C
Ipson, Don L. (R)73.3%C
Stevenson, Jerry W. (R)71.4%C-
Thatcher, Daniel W. (R)69.2%D+
Dayton, Margaret (R)64.7%D
Senate Average82.5%B-

HEAL Utah’s Legislative Report Card measures the voting record on key environmental issues of members of the Utah State Senate and House, during the 2017 Legislative Session. Letter grades are assigned based on voting records on up to 14 separate bills that directly affect air quality, renewable energy, utility policy and climate change.

Methodology

  • Legislators were judged on whether they voted in favor of bills that HEAL and other environmental groups supported and whether they voted against bills that we opposed. Our positions are noted below.
  • Committee and floor votes were each counted and weighted equally. For bills that didn’t make it out of committee, therefore, only one vote could be considered while most bills had two.
  • In the Senate, only the Senate 3rd Reading Calendar votes were considered, to represent the final vote of the legislator.
  • Absences and abstentions did not impact the score.
  • Because of varying committee assignments, and absences, legislators did have a varied number of voting opportunities. (Nearly all cast between 10 and 18 votes.) The grades are a percentage of how many votes each made. Whether a legislator voted “right” on 8 of 12, or 10 of 15, each got the same grade. (67 percent.)

Letter grades were assigned using the following standard rubric.

A   93.33-100
A – 90-93.33
B+ 86.67-90
B   83.33-86.67
B- 80-83.33
C+ 76.67-80
C   73.33-76.67
C- 70-73.33
D+ 66.67-70
D   63.33-66.67
D-  60-63.33
F   0-60

Description of Bills Considered:

Bills

HB 29 ENERGY EFFICIENT VEHICLE TAX CREDIT

Description: Renews the tax credit for electric and alternative fuel vehicles to 2021. SUPPORT

HB 134 EMISSIONS TESTING AMENDMENTS

Description: Requires emissions testing for light/medium duty diesel vehicles in counties with currently existing emissions testing programs. SUPPORT

HB 11 STATE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AMENDMENTS

Description: Removes the requirement partisan balance on 29 boards and commissions appointed by the Gov. OPPOSE

HB 96 PETROLEUM VAPOR RECOVERY AMENDMENTS

Description: Increases criminal penalties for failure to recapture petroleum vapors from gas tankers. SUPPORT

HB 65 AIR CONSERVATION ACT AMENDMENTS

Description: States that the Division of Air Quality shall allow burning of solid fuel if the primary purpose of the burning is to cook food. OPPOSE

HB 183 EMISSIONS SETTLEMENT AMENDMENTS

Description: Sets up the Environmental Mitigation and Response Act for Volkswagen settlement funds and allows Division of Air Quality to administer the funds. SUPPORT

HB 104 MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSION

Description: Allows revenues from local emissions programs to support the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. SUPPORT

HCB 5  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON CLEAN FUEL SCHOOL BUSES

Description: Supports a $20 million allocation to begin replacing dirty diesel school buses with clean technologY. SUPPORT

HB 297 RENEWABLE ENERGY AMENDMENTS

Description: This bill makes it easier for businesses to purchase renewable energy through power purchase agreements. SUPPORT

HB 392 AIR QUALITY POLICY ADVISORY BOARD

Description: Creates a board to come with ideas and polices for addressing air quality issues. SUPPORT

HCR 8 CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REGARDING THE VOLKSWAGEN  SETTLEMENT

Description: Resolution encouraging that the money from the Volkswagen settlement be used for the adoption of clean burning school buses.  SUPPORT

HCR 18 JOINT RESOLUTION ON ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Description: A resolution recognizing the impacts of climate change on Utah. SUPPORT

SB 154 SOLAR ACCESS AMENDMENTS

Description: Restricts HOAs from banning rooftop solar systems outright. SUPPORT

SB 273 ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENTS

Description: Organizes Utah Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Act in a more efficient manner. SUPPORT

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