2019 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 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?

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.

HB19-1002Leadership Professional Development For School PrincipalsOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1004Proposal for Affordable Health Coverage OptionOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility          
HB19-1010Freestanding Emergency Departments LicensureOpposeLimited Government, Free Markets
HB19-1024Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review CommitteeOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1025Ban the Box for Small BusinessesOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1028Medical Marijuana Condition AutismSupportIndividual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1032Comprehensive Human Sexuality EducationOpposeIndividual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1033Local Governments May Regulate Nicotine ProductsOpposeIndividual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1050Encourage Use Of Xeriscape In Common AreasOpposeIndividual Liberty, Property Rights, Limited Government
HB19-1052Early Childhood Development Special DistrictOpposeLimited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1083Athletic Trainers LicenseOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1090Publicly Licensed Marijuana CompaniesSupportIndividual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1100Prohibit Use Restriction On School District PropertySupportIndividual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1105Nurse Practitioner Workers’ CompensationSupportFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1107Employment Support Job Retention Services ProgramOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1109Convalescent Centers As PharmaciesSupportFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1120Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide PreventionOpposeIndividual Liberty, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1132School Incentives To Use Colorado Food And ProducersOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1148Change Maximum Criminal Penalty One Year To 364 DaysOpposeLimited Government
HB19-1171Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection ActOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1177Extreme Risk Protection OrdersOpposeLimited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1194School Discipline For Preschool Through Second GradeOpposeLimited Government
HB19-1198Electric Vehicle Grant FundOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1202Food Systems Advisory CouncilOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1207Winter Conditions And Traction Control RequirementsOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1210Local Government Control Minimum WageOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1212Recreate Homeowners’ Association Community Manager LicensingOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1213Urban Drainage Flood Control District Director CompensationOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1216Reduce Insulin PricesOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1217PERA Public Employees’ Retirement Association Local Government Division Member Contribution RateOpposeEqual Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1223Social Security Disability Application AssistanceOpposePersonal Responsibility, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1228Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable HousingOpposeLimited Government, Equal Protection/Rule of Law, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1231New Appliance Energy And Water Efficiency StandardsOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1234Regulated Marijuana DeliverySupportFree Markets, Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1237Licensing Behavioral Health EntitiesOpposeLimited Government, Free Markets
HB19-1247Study Agricultural Applications For BlockchainOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government
HB19-1254Notice Requirements Employees Sharing GratuitiesOpposeLimited Government, Free Markets
HB19-1257Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & TranspOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1258Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & TransportationOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1260Building Energy CodesOpposeLimited Government, State vs Fed Balance of Power
HB19-1262State Funding For Full-day KindergartenOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1264Conservation Easement Tax Credit ModificationsOpposeProperty Rights, Free Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility                                        
HB19-1265Right-Of-Way For Snowplows In Echelon FormationOpposePersonal Responsibility, Limited Government      
HB19-1272Housing Authority Property In Colorado New Energy Improvement DistrictOpposeFree Markets
HB19-1274Board County Commissioners Delegation Subdivision PlattingOpposeProperty Rights, Limited Government
HB19-1275Increased Eligibility For Criminal Record SealingSupportEqual Protection/Rule of Law
HB19-1286Motor Vehicle Wholesaler Authorized IndividualsOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Individual Liberty
HB19-1287Treatment For Opioids And Substance Use DisordersOpposeLimited Government, Personal Responsibility
HB19-1290Examination Applicant Barber And Cosmetologist ActSupportFree Markets
HB19-1297Jail Capacity Data CollectionOpposeLimited Government
HB19-1298Electric Motor Vehicle Charging Station ParkingOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
HB19-1300Vehicle Identification Number Inspection FeeOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
HB19-1312School Immunization RequirementsOpposeLimited Government     
HB19-1319Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable HousingOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Free Markets
SB19-003Educator Loan Forgiveness ProgramOpposePersonal Responsibility, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-013Medical Marijuana Condition Opiates Prescribed ForSupportIndividual Liberty, Free Markets, Limited Government
SB19-073Statewide System Of Advance Medical DirectivesOpposePersonal Responsibility, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-077Electric Motor Vehicles Public Utility ServicesOpposeLimited Government, Free Markets
SB19-099Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act 2015OpposePersonal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets     
SB19-133Require License Practice Genetic CounselingOpposePersonal Responsibility, Free Markets, Limited Government
SB19-137Extend The Colorado Student Leaders InstituteOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-139More Colorado Road And Community Safety Act OfficesOpposeFiscal Responsibility
SB19-165Increase Parole Board MembershipOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Limited Government
SB19-170Inquiry Into College Applicant Criminal HistoryOpposePersonal Responsibility
SB19-187Commissions On Judicial PerformanceOpposeLimited Government
SB19-191Prompt Pretrial Liberty And FairnessSupportEqual Protection/Rule of Law
SB19-192Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Grant ProgramOpposeFiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets
SB19-195Child And Youth Behavioral Health System EnhancementsOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility
SB19-198Continued Management Of Waste TiresOpposeFree Markets
SB19-217Healthcare Provider LiensOpposeFree Markets, Limited Government, Personal Responsibility
SB19-236Sunset Public Utilities CommissionOpposeLimited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Equal Protection/Rule of Law
SB19-261Unclaimed Property Trust Fund TransferOpposeProperty Rights, Fiscal Responsibility

The 2019 Scorecard

LegislatorChamberDistrict2019 ScoreGrade
Arndt, J. (D)House5313

F

Baisley, M.(R)House3985

B

Becker, K.(D)House1315

F

Beckman, S.(R)House3873

C

Benavidez, A. (D)House3221

F

Bird, S. (D)House3514

F

Bockenfeld, R. (R)House5668

D

Bridges, J.(D)Senate2614

F

Buck, P. (R)House4983

B

Buckner, J.(D)House4014

F

Buentello, B.(D)House4719

F

Caraveo, Y.(D)House3113

F

Carver, T.(R)House2064

D

Catlin, M.(R)House5856

F

Coleman, J.(D)House714

F

Cooke, J.(R)Senate1358

F

Coram, D.(R)Senate637

F

Court, L. (D)Senate3113

F

Crowder, L.(R)Senate3546

F

Cutter, L. (D)House2514

F

Danielson, J. (D)Senate2015

F

Donovan, K.(D)Senate513

F

Duran, M.(D)House2414

F

Esgar, D.(D)House4615

F

Exum Sr., T.(D)House1713

F

Fenberg, S.(D)Senate1814

F

Fields, R.(D)Senate2913

F

Foote, M.(D)Senate1713

F

Froelich, M.(D)House313

F

Galindo, R.(D)House5015

F

Garcia, L.(D)Senate317

F

Gardner, R.(R)Senate1261

D

Garnett, A.(D)House213

F

Geitner, T.(R)House1979

C

Ginal, J. (D)Senate1414

F

Gonzales, J.(D)Senate3414

F

Gonzales-Gutierrez, S.(D)House414

F

Gray, M. (D)House3314

F

Hansen, C.(D)House613

F

Herod, L.(D)House815

F

Hill, O. (R)Senate1078

C

Hisey, D. (R)Senate251

F

Holbert, C.(R)Senate3068

D

Hooton, E.(D)House1014

F

Humphrey, S. (R)House4890

A

Jackson, D.(D)House4210

F

Jaquez Lewis, S. (D)House1214

F

Kennedy, C.(D)House2314

F

Kipp, C. (D)House5214

F

Kraft-Tharp, T. (D)House2915

F

Landgraf, L.(R)House2157

F

Larson, C.(R)House2257

F

Lee, P. (D)Senate1114

F

Lewis, K. (R)House6488

B

Liston, L. (R)House1661

D

Lontine, S.(D)House114

F

Lundeen, P.(R)Senate965

D

Marble, V.(R)Senate2382

B

McCluskie, J. (D)House6114

F

McKean, H.(R)House5159

F

McLachlan, B. (D)House5915

F

Melton, J.(D)House4114

F

Michaelson Jenet, D. (D)House3014

F

Moreno, D.(D)Senate2117

F

Mullica, K.(D)House3413

F

Neville, P.(R)House4592

A

Pelton, R.(R)House6563

D

Pettersen, B. (D)Senate2215

F

Priola, K. (R)Senate2517

F

Rankin, B.(R)Senate844

F

Ransom, K.(R)House4486

B

Rich, J. (R)House5561

D

Roberts, D.(D)House2614

F

Rodriguez, R. (D)Senate3216

F

Saine, L. (R)House6390

A

Sandridge, S. (R)House1483

B

Scott, R. (R)Senate758

F

Singer, J.(D)House1115

F

Sirota, E.(D)House914

F

Smallwood, J. (R)Senate471

C

Snyder, M.(D)House1814

F

Sonnenberg, J. (R)Senate173

C

Soper, M.(R)House5452

F

Story, T. (D)Senate1614

F

Sullivan, T.(D)House3715

F

Tate, J. (R)Senate2746

F

Tipper, K.(D)House2815

F

Titone, B.(D)House2716

F

Todd, N. (D)Senate2814

F

Valdez, A.(D)House513

F

Valdez, D.(D)House6217

F

Van Winkle, K. (R)House4371

C

Weissman, M. (D)House3613

F

Will, P. (R)House5751

F

Williams, A.(D)Senate3314

F

Williams, D.(R)House1586

B

Wilson, J.(R)House6050

F

Winter, F.(D)Senate2414

F

Woodward, R. (R)Senate1568

D

Zenzinger, R. (D)Senate1917

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.

JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with RLCCO and Mailchimp to receive announcements, updates, and other emails from the RLCCO. Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt out at any time.

2 thoughts on “2019 Liberty Scorecard

  1. Looks as if all our elected officials of both parties are herd animals! It’s partly why I changed my registration to Libertarian in 200o.

    1. A lot of them are, but there are some bright spots in both chambers. Our goal is to get more liberty-minded candidates elected and to get some of the existing folks to start paying attention to liberty principles.

Leave a Reply to Joyce G. Wood Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.