Liberty Scorecard

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado Unveils Its First Annual Liberty Scorecard.

We’ve reviewed hundreds of bills that were passed in the 2019 legislative session and chosen 72 that reveal those state legislators who were committed to voting for the Constitutional conservative principles of Individual Liberty, Free Markets and Limited Government.

Our standards are quite high, so a passing grade (D or higher) reflects at least a nodding acquaintance with the Constitution. We want to recognize and congratulate those who scored an A, for they are the true Champions of Liberty in our state government. That title goes to Representatives Stephen Humphrey, Patrick Neville and Lori Saine. On the Senate side, the highest grade of B went to Senator Vicki Marble.  No Democrats received even a passing grade.

We Ask the Tough Questions

We looked at each bill through the lens of liberty. We used the following criteria in deciding whether to “support” or “oppose” a bill.

Liberty Scorecard Criteria

Principle
Individual Liberty/Personal Responsibility How 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 Rights Does this bill protect property ownership? Does it interfere with the use of or income produced by the property?
Free Markets Does the bill interfere with voluntary transactions between a buyer and a seller? Does it distort prices via taxes, subsidies, regulations or mandates?
Limited Government Does 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 Power Does the bill protect Colorado from federal overreach?
Fiscal Responsibility Does the bill limit taxes/fees/fines to those required to perform only those government functions provided for in the Constitution?
Equal Protection/Rule of Law Does 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?

 

72 Bills Included in the Scorecard

We included a variety of bills by subject: agriculture, education, health care, transportation, etc. Bills that passed unanimously or were voted unanimously along party lines were excluded, as they didn’t differentiate between legislators. Some bills had conflicting principles at play and were not rated. The final 72 bills allowed us to draw distinctions and were used in our calculations. The relevant principles are included below. Links are provided for more information on each bill.

2019 Liberty Scorecard Bills

HB19-1002 Leadership Professional Development For School Principals Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1004 Proposal for Affordable Health Coverage Option Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility          
HB19-1010 Freestanding Emergency Departments Licensure Oppose Limited Government, Free Markets
HB19-1024 Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1025 Ban the Box for Small Businesses Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1028 Medical Marijuana Condition Autism Support Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1032 Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education Oppose Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1033 Local Governments May Regulate Nicotine Products Oppose Individual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1050 Encourage Use Of Xeriscape In Common Areas Oppose Individual Liberty, Property Rights, Limited Government
HB19-1052 Early Childhood Development Special District Oppose Limited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1083 Athletic Trainers License Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1090 Publicly Licensed Marijuana Companies Support Individual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1100 Prohibit Use Restriction On School District Property Support Individual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1105 Nurse Practitioner Workers’ Compensation Support Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1107 Employment Support Job Retention Services Program Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1109 Convalescent Centers As Pharmacies Support Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1120 Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention Oppose Individual Liberty, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1132 School Incentives To Use Colorado Food And Producers Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1148 Change Maximum Criminal Penalty One Year To 364 Days Oppose Limited Government
HB19-1171 Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1177 Extreme Risk Protection Orders Oppose Limited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1194 School Discipline For Preschool Through Second Grade Oppose Limited Government
HB19-1198 Electric Vehicle Grant Fund Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1202 Food Systems Advisory Council Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1207 Winter Conditions And Traction Control Requirements Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1210 Local Government Control Minimum Wage Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1212 Recreate Homeowners’ Association Community Manager Licensing Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1213 Urban Drainage Flood Control District Director Compensation Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1216 Reduce Insulin Prices Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1217 PERA Public Employees’ Retirement Association Local Government Division Member Contribution Rate Oppose Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1223 Social Security Disability Application Assistance Oppose Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1228 Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing Oppose Limited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1231 New Appliance Energy And Water Efficiency Standards Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1234 Regulated Marijuana Delivery Support Free Markets, Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1237 Licensing Behavioral Health Entities Oppose Limited Government, Free Markets
HB19-1247 Study Agricultural Applications For Blockchain Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1254 Notice Requirements Employees Sharing Gratuities Oppose Limited Government, Free Markets
HB19-1257 Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1258 Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1260 Building Energy Codes Oppose Limited Government, State vs Fed Balance of Power
HB19-1262 State Funding For Full-day Kindergarten Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1264 Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications Oppose Property Rights, Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility                                        
HB19-1265 Right-Of-Way For Snowplows In Echelon Formation Oppose Personal Responsibility, Limited Government      
HB19-1272 Housing Authority Property In Colorado New Energy Improvement District Oppose Free Markets
HB19-1274 Board County Commissioners Delegation Subdivision Platting Oppose Property Rights, Limited Government
HB19-1275 Increased Eligibility For Criminal Record Sealing Support Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1286 Motor Vehicle Wholesaler Authorized Individuals Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Individual Liberty
HB19-1287 Treatment For Opioids And Substance Use Disorders Oppose Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1290 Examination Applicant Barber And Cosmetologist Act Support Free Markets
HB19-1297 Jail Capacity Data Collection Oppose Limited Government
HB19-1298 Electric Motor Vehicle Charging Station Parking Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1300 Vehicle Identification Number Inspection Fee Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1312 School Immunization Requirements Oppose Limited Government     
HB19-1319 Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Free Markets
SB19-003 Educator Loan Forgiveness Program Oppose Personal Responsibility, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-013 Medical Marijuana Condition Opiates Prescribed For Support Individual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government
SB19-073 Statewide System Of Advance Medical Directives Oppose Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-077 Electric Motor Vehicles Public Utility Services Oppose Limited Government, Free Markets
SB19-099 Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act 2015 Oppose Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets     
SB19-133 Require License Practice Genetic Counseling Oppose Personal Responsibility, Free Markets, Limited Government
SB19-137 Extend The Colorado Student Leaders Institute Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-139 More Colorado Road And Community Safety Act Offices Oppose Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-165 Increase Parole Board Membership Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
SB19-170 Inquiry Into College Applicant Criminal History Oppose Personal Responsibility
SB19-187 Commissions On Judicial Performance Oppose Limited Government
SB19-191 Prompt Pretrial Liberty And Fairness Support Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB19-192 Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Grant Program Oppose Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets
SB19-195 Child And Youth Behavioral Health System Enhancements Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-198 Continued Management Of Waste Tires Oppose Free Markets
SB19-217 Healthcare Provider Liens Oppose Free Markets, Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
SB19-236 Sunset Public Utilities Commission Oppose Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB19-261 Unclaimed Property Trust Fund Transfer Oppose Property Rights, Fiscal Responsibility

 

The Scorecard

We didn’t pull any punches and we don’t grade on a curve. The Democrats performed quite poorly. With a few exceptions, there’s room for improvement on the Republican side as well. Let’s hope for better results next year.

Legislator Chamber District 2019 Score Grade
Arndt, J. (D) House 53 13

F

Baisley, M.(R) House 39 85

B

Becker, K.(D) House 13 15

F

Beckman, S.(R) House 38 73

C

Benavidez, A. (D) House 32 21

F

Bird, S. (D) House 35 14

F

Bockenfeld, R. (R) House 56 68

D

Bridges, J.(D) Senate 26 14

F

Buck, P. (R) House 49 83

B

Buckner, J.(D) House 40 14

F

Buentello, B.(D) House 47 19

F

Caraveo, Y.(D) House 31 13

F

Carver, T.(R) House 20 64

D

Catlin, M.(R) House 58 56

F

Coleman, J.(D) House 7 14

F

Cooke, J.(R) Senate 13 58

F

Coram, D.(R) Senate 6 37

F

Court, L. (D) Senate 31 13

F

Crowder, L.(R) Senate 35 46

F

Cutter, L. (D) House 25 14

F

Danielson, J. (D) Senate 20 15

F

Donovan, K.(D) Senate 5 13

F

Duran, M.(D) House 24 14

F

Esgar, D.(D) House 46 15

F

Exum Sr., T.(D) House 17 13

F

Fenberg, S.(D) Senate 18 14

F

Fields, R.(D) Senate 29 13

F

Foote, M.(D) Senate 17 13

F

Froelich, M.(D) House 3 13

F

Galindo, R.(D) House 50 15

F

Garcia, L.(D) Senate 3 17

F

Gardner, R.(R) Senate 12 61

D

Garnett, A.(D) House 2 13

F

Geitner, T.(R) House 19 79

C

Ginal, J. (D) Senate 14 14

F

Gonzales, J.(D) Senate 34 14

F

Gonzales-Gutierrez, S.(D) House 4 14

F

Gray, M. (D) House 33 14

F

Hansen, C.(D) House 6 13

F

Herod, L.(D) House 8 15

F

Hill, O. (R) Senate 10 78

C

Hisey, D. (R) Senate 2 51

F

Holbert, C.(R) Senate 30 68

D

Hooton, E.(D) House 10 14

F

Humphrey, S. (R) House 48 90

A

Jackson, D.(D) House 42 10

F

Jaquez Lewis, S. (D) House 12 14

F

Kennedy, C.(D) House 23 14

F

Kipp, C. (D) House 52 14

F

Kraft-Tharp, T. (D) House 29 15

F

Landgraf, L.(R) House 21 57

F

Larson, C.(R) House 22 57

F

Lee, P. (D) Senate 11 14

F

Lewis, K. (R) House 64 88

B

Liston, L. (R) House 16 61

D

Lontine, S.(D) House 1 14

F

Lundeen, P.(R) Senate 9 65

D

Marble, V.(R) Senate 23 82

B

McCluskie, J. (D) House 61 14

F

McKean, H.(R) House 51 59

F

McLachlan, B. (D) House 59 15

F

Melton, J.(D) House 41 14

F

Michaelson Jenet, D. (D) House 30 14

F

Moreno, D.(D) Senate 21 17

F

Mullica, K.(D) House 34 13

F

Neville, P.(R) House 45 92

A

Pelton, R.(R) House 65 63

D

Pettersen, B. (D) Senate 22 15

F

Priola, K. (R) Senate 25 17

F

Rankin, B.(R) Senate 8 44

F

Ransom, K.(R) House 44 86

B

Rich, J. (R) House 55 61

D

Roberts, D.(D) House 26 14

F

Rodriguez, R. (D) Senate 32 16

F

Saine, L. (R) House 63 90

A

Sandridge, S. (R) House 14 83

B

Scott, R. (R) Senate 7 58

F

Singer, J.(D) House 11 15

F

Sirota, E.(D) House 9 14

F

Smallwood, J. (R) Senate 4 71

C

Snyder, M.(D) House 18 14

F

Sonnenberg, J. (R) Senate 1 73

C

Soper, M.(R) House 54 52

F

Story, T. (D) Senate 16 14

F

Sullivan, T.(D) House 37 15

F

Tate, J. (R) Senate 27 46

F

Tipper, K.(D) House 28 15

F

Titone, B.(D) House 27 16

F

Todd, N. (D) Senate 28 14

F

Valdez, A.(D) House 5 13

F

Valdez, D.(D) House 62 17

F

Van Winkle, K. (R) House 43 71

C

Weissman, M. (D) House 36 13

F

Will, P. (R) House 57 51

F

Williams, A.(D) Senate 33 14

F

Williams, D.(R) House 15 86

B

Wilson, J.(R) House 60 50

F

Winter, F.(D) Senate 24 14

F

Woodward, R. (R) Senate 15 68

D

Zenzinger, R. (D) Senate 19 17

F

 

Scorecard committee members include: Sue Moore, Chairman Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado , former Chairman Denver County Republican Party, 2016 graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies, owner Elizabeth St. Properties; Karl Honegger, Vice Chair of RLCCO and accountant/treasury analyst at Whiting Petroleum; Tim Neville, former Colorado state senator and Executive VP at Neville Insurance Associates, Steve Dorman, former Vice Chair of Jefferson County Republican Party; Brenda Harms, Co-Founder and Sales Operations at Ombud,  2017 graduate of LPR; H Paul Cohen, Attorney, 2016 graduate of LPR. Special thanks to Brett Moore of On the Ballot Consulting for helping us compile the results. For questions or comments, please contact Sue Moore at 303-349-6185.

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