3 Broad Categories Are Considered When Choosing to Score a Bill
Spending, Taxation, Budgets
Cronyism, Transparency, Agendas
Property and Civil Rights
Personal and Economic Freedom
Scoring Methodology: 2-Score System
Each chosen bill is tracked through the legislative process from sponsorship to floor vote
Considers bills voted upon by both the whole legislature on the floor and committee votes
Multiple votes by any member for a single bill are tallied and averaged in order to maintain equality between members who have varied opportunities to vote. If every vote you cast is a pro-freedom vote, you cannot be hurt by fewer opportunities.
High voting scores show an individual legislator’s commitment to freedom friendly public policy
- TLRC-chosen pro-freedom bills filed, are credited to sponsors and co-sponsors whether or not they were taken up in committee.
- Sponsorships of bills
- Co-sponsorships of bills
- Committee members acting to derail a TLRC-chosen bill are penalized
- Amendments, if consequential, are considered
- Deeds and behavior are evaluated
- Vote scores improve the overall grade
High leadership grades show the legislator's ability to do the right thing, regardless of circumstances.
Floor Votes: +3 for pro-freedom, -3 for anti-freedom, 0 for no vote
Committee Votes: +1 for pro-freedom, -1 for anti-freedom, 0 for no vote
- Bill Sponsorship: +3 pro-freedom, -3 anti-freedom
- Bill Co-Sponsorship: +1 pro-freedom, -1 anti-freedom
- Amendments to bills, +3 pro-freedom, -3 anti-freedom
- Meritorious deeds are rewarded 1-5 points
- Deleterious deeds are penalized 1-5 points
- Vote scores over 95% + 3
- Vote scores over 90% + 2
- Vote scores over 85% + 1
Report card summary: Just like a student’s report card, the summary tells the part of the story quantitative scoring and letter grades can’t. This information is gathered through first-hand accounts of the bill making process including legislator meetings and committee hearing attendance.