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Political Demographics of the 2014 Utah Legislature and Its Effect on the Legislation it Passes

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  • 1. THE POLITICAL DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE 2014 UTAH LEGISLATURE AND ITS EFFECT ON THE LEGISLATION IT PASSES Presented to the Utah Manufacturers Association J. Michael Bailey January 13, 2014 parsonsbehle.com4823-6769-4103
  • 2. 2 61 24 14 5 2014 House and Senate Composition Republicans Republicans DemocratsDemocrats House Senate
  • 3. 3  Large Number of Freshmen in the House – 20 of 75 in the House were new – 11 more beginning their second term  Could have been chaotic  Mood was workmanlike  Media didn’t find much to report on but they should have 2013 Legislative Session
  • 4. 4 It was a Record Setting Session 303 House bills passed 221 Senate bills passed 1 bill (HB 76) was vetoed  748 bills were introduced  524 bills passed
  • 5. 5 782 764 748 504 478 524 Comparing Bill Passage Over Time Bills Introduced Bills Introduced Bills Passed (64%) Bills Passed (62%) 2011 2012 2013 Bills Introduced Bills Passed (70%)
  • 6. 6  Senate has fewer members (29, compared to 75) but passed many more bills per member – Just over 4 bills per Representative – Compared to 7.6 bills per Senator  House worked slowly in final days Squabbling between Senate & House
  • 7. 7 2013 Bill Passage By The Numbers Republican - sponsored bills that passed (492 or 94%) Democrat - sponsored bills that passed (32 or 6%) 2012: 87% Republican 13% Democrat
  • 8. 8  Most Prolific Legislators – Republican • Senator Todd Weiler (19 out of 33 for 58%) • Only his second session • Unseated many-time champion – Senator Curt Bramble – Democrat (Tie) • Senator Luz Robles (5 out of 16 for 31%) • Senator Karen Mayne (5 out of 15 for 33%) 2013 Bill Passage By The Numbers
  • 9. 9 73% of the bills introduced passed 38% of the bills introduced passed Effectiveness of Legislators by Party Republicans Democrats
  • 10. 10  Mike Bailey direct: (801) 536-6777 cell: (801) 201-0115 email: mbailey@parsonsbehle.com Thank you