The Rio Grande Foundation’s vote tracking tool, the Freedom Index, has been available all throughout the 2020 legislative session with bills ranked and legislators’ votes scored in what amounts to “real time.”
At the Rio Grande Foundation website you can access bill rankings and votes going back to the 2015 session. Click the logo below to find out who your legislators are (if you don’t know already) and for the 2020 Index and votes.
Bills are rated anywhere from -8 (worst bills) to +8 (for the very best). Some of the most important bills that made it to the floor of at least one house of the Legislature for a vote and their respective ratings and a short description are found below:
SB 5; -7 (worst of the session): Red Flag Bill infringes on gun rights, due process, and creates new opportunities for costly lawsuits against local governments;
HB 364; -6 Public Employee Give away
HB 83; -6 Creates new $320 million fund for early childhood
HJR 1; -5 Taps the Land Grant Permanent Fund for pre-K and early childhood programs
SB 98; -4 Changes New Mexico’s Davis Bacon (prevailing wage) law to provide costly new fines and penalties for businesses working on public works projects
Best Bills Passed
SB 72; +6 Makes changes to PERA pension system to bring it closer to full funding.
SB 96, +3 Increases school budget transparency
A few notes about this year’s scores:
Rep. Larry Scott (R-Hobbs) had the top overall score of +104.
Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-Doña Ana) had the lowest overall score of -72.
Other top scorers include: Rep. Schmedes, +86, Rep. Candy Ezzell +83, Rep. Rod Montoya and Rep. James Townsend +82, and Rep. Jane Powdrell +80.
The highest scoring Senator was Bill Sharer +42.
Rep. Candy Sweetser was the top scoring Democrat at +6.
How did YOUR legislators vote? Check the index and tell them what you think of their voting record.