Liberty Scorecard Methodology

The Liberty Scorecard is an annual measure of how our elected State Representatives and Senators vote according to the overriding principles of individual rights, free markets and limited government. Our Scorecard Committee reads bills as they are introduced in each chamber, applies these conservative principles (see below), then rates each bill either “support” or “oppose”. The committee meets via weekly conference calls during the legislative session to discuss bills.

Once ratings are assigned, we compare our positions with the votes of each legislator (committee votes as well as 3rd reading votes on the floor) to determine a score. These are updated continuously and posted to the website. We employ a search engine developed by Bill Track 50 to follow the more than 700 bills that are introduced in the Colorado Legislature each year.


Individual Liberty/Personal ResponsibilityHow does this bill protect individual rights that don’t infringe on the rights of others? Does it diminish the role of personal responsibility by imposing government mandates on behavior?
Property RightsDoes this bill protect property ownership? Does it interfere with the use of or income produced by the property?
Free MarketsDoes the bill interfere with voluntary transactions between a buyer and a seller? Does it distort prices via taxes, subsidies, regulations or mandates?
Limited GovernmentDoes the bill expand government’s role outside what is outlined in the Constitution? Does it increase or decrease transparency and accountability?
State vs Fed Balance of PowerDoes the bill protect Colorado from federal overreach?
Fiscal ResponsibilityDoes the bill limit taxes/fees/fines to those required to perform only those government functions provided for in the Constitution?
Equal Protection/Rule of LawDoes the bill create special classes for whom protection or punishment can be be applied? Does it provide all citizens the same due process, regardless of class or profession?