Wyoming Liberty Index, 2011 General Session, 61st Legislature

Welcome to the 2011 Wyoming Liberty Index.

The Bills

The 2011 Wyoming Liberty Index rates all final bills in the House and Senate from the 2011 General Session, 61st Legislature, on whether they support or inhibit liberty.

Legislators voted on 275 bills in the House and 162 bills in the Senate. Out of this total, the Liberty Index showed that 49 liberty-supporting bills passed and 67 failed. Additionally, 57 liberty-inhibiting bills passed while 88 failed.

The most liberty supporting bills that passed include: SJ 2, the Health Care Freedom Amendment; and SF 47, Concealed weapons.

The most liberty supporting bills that failed include: HB 35, Health care choice and protection act; HB 39, Health litigation fund; and SF 53, Child preference in custody determinations.

The most liberty inhibiting bills that passed include: HB 29, DUI-elimination of right to refuse test; HB 49, Primary care support program; HB 151, Hydro-power development; SF 29, Developmental disability services; SF 59, Spice drugs; and SF 93, Dietetics licensure.

The most liberty inhibiting bills that failed include: HB 108, Collection agencies and SF 12, County authority-smoking bans.

There is detailed information on each bill. The information includes comments from the raters on why they rated the bills as they did.

The Legislators

In addition, the voting pattern of each legislator was automatically calculated and given a liberty score. The higher the score, the better the legislator's agreement with the raters. A high score simply reflects a high level of aye votes on liberty-supporting bills and nay votes on liberty-inhibiting bills. Scores are only indicators of ordering, and arithmetic manipulations are meaningless. The percentage is simply out of the range from highest score (100%) to lowest (0%). Because the two houses vote on different bills, scores in the two houses are not comparable.

The Top Dozen liberty-supporting members in the House were (in order) Representatives Lorraine Quarberg, Kendell Kroeker, Bob Brechtel, Gerald Gay, Frank Peasley, Matt Teeters, Amy Edmonds, Mark Semlek, Allen Jaggi, and Lisa Shepperson.

Rep. Quarberg wins the title of "Most Liberty-Friendly Member of the House for 2011."

The House Needs Improvement Club. Those members who most consistently voted to limit freedom - were (in order) Representatives Jim Roscoe, John Freeman, Ruth Petroff, Stan Blake, Mary Throne, W. Patrick Goggles, Cathy Connolly, Joseph Barbuto, Bernadine Craft, and James Byrd.

Rep. Byrd has earned the title of "Most Liberty-Hostile Member of the House for 2011".

The Top Half-Dozen liberty-supporting members in the Senate were (in order) Senators Cale Case, Bruce Burns, Phil Nicholas, Drew Perkins, and Kit Jennings.

Once again, and for as long as we have been rating the Senate, Senator Cale Case has come out on top; he earns the title of the "Most Liberty-Friendly Member of the Senate for 2011" by a substantial margin. Kudos yet again to Senator Case!

The Senate Needs Improvement Club. Those members who most consistently voted to limit freedom - were (in order) Senators Bill Landen, Chris Rothfuss, Leland Christensen, Floyd Esquibel, and John Hastert.

Senator Hastert has earned the title of "Most Liberty-Hostile Member of the Senate for 2011".

There is detailed information on each legislator.

The 2011 Wyoming House Index

This table shows the weighted liberty score and weighted liberty percentage for each representative. The highest score, earned by Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, shows a weighted score of 61.67.

Sorted by rank.

NameParDistDistrict LocationWeighted ScoreWeighted PercentRank
Lorraine QuarbergR28S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park61.67100%1
Kendell KroekerR35Natrona55.5095%2
Bob BrechtelR38Natrona53.5093%3
Gerald GayR36Natrona49.1789%4
Frank PeasleyR3Converse/Platte49.0089%5
Matt TeetersR5Goshen/Platte47.5087%6
Amy EdmondsR12Laramie45.5086%7
Mark SemlekR1Crook/Weston41.3382%8
Allen JaggiR18Uinta/Sweetwater41.0082%9
Lisa SheppersonR58Natrona35.8377%10
Sue WallisR52Campbell34.6776%11
Michael MaddenR40Johnson/Sheridan33.3375%12
David MillerR55Fremont27.8370%13
Robert McKimR21Lincoln22.5065%14
Edward BuchananR4Goshen21.8365%15
William "Jeb" StewardR47Carbon/Albany20.1763%16
Hans HuntR2Niobrara/Weston/Converse/Goshen20.1763%16
Bunky LoucksR59Natrona17.8361%18
Mike GreearR27Washakie14.8359%19
Clarence VranishR49Uinta13.6758%20
Jonathan BottenR30Sheridan10.8355%21
Thomas LockhartR57Natrona10.3355%22
Peter S. "Pete" IllowayR42Laramie9.8354%23
Kathy DavisonR20Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater9.3354%24
Kermit BrownR14Albany8.8353%25
David ZwonitzerR9Laramie8.5053%26
John EklundR10Laramie8.3353%27
Tim StubsonR56Natrona7.3352%28
John PattonR29Sheridan6.8352%29
Pat ChildersR50Park6.3351%30
Bryan PedersenR7Laramie5.6751%31
Glenn MonizR46Albany4.8350%32
Del McOmieR54Fremont4.0049%33
Keith GingeryR23Fremont/Teton3.5049%34
Norine KasperikR32Campbell1.8347%35
Dave BonnerR25Park1.0046%36
Donald Burkhart, JrR15Carbon-0.1745%37
Richard CannadyR6Converse-0.5045%38
Rita CampbellR34Fremont-1.6744%39
Steve HarshmanR37Natrona-1.6744%40
Bob NicholasR8Laramie-1.8344%41
Elaine HarveyR26Big Horn/Park-1.8344%42
Dan ZwonitzerR43Laramie-2.1744%43
Thomas LubnauR31Campbell-3.1743%44
Owen PetersenR19Uinta-5.5041%45
Matthias GreeneR45Albany-7.1739%46
Gregg BlikreR53Campbell-10.1737%47
Samuel KroneR24Park-11.8335%48
Ken EsquibelD41Laramie-12.6734%49
Rosie BergerR51Sheridan-13.1734%50
Jim RoscoeD22Lincoln/Sublette/Teton-14.0033%51
John FreemanD60Sweetwater-18.1730%52
Ruth PetroffR16Teton-18.6729%53
Stan BlakeD39Sweetwater-19.6728%54
Mary ThroneD11Laramie-21.1727%55
W. Patrick GogglesD33Fremont-21.6726%56
Cathy ConnollyD13Albany-30.3319%57
Joseph BarbutoD48SW Fremont/Sweetwater-33.5016%58
Bernadine CraftD17Sweetwater-36.0014%59
James ByrdD44Laramie-51.670%60

Sorted by last name.

NameParDistDistrict LocationWeighted ScoreWeighted Percent
Joseph BarbutoD48SW Fremont/Sweetwater-33.516%
Rosie BergerR51Sheridan-13.1734%
Stan BlakeD39Sweetwater-19.6728%
Gregg BlikreR53Campbell-10.1737%
Dave BonnerR25Park146%
Jonathan BottenR30Sheridan10.8355%
Bob BrechtelR38Natrona53.593%
Kermit BrownR14Albany8.8353%
Edward BuchananR4Goshen21.8365%
Donald Burkhart, JrR15Carbon-0.1745%
James ByrdD44Laramie-51.670%
Rita CampbellR34Fremont-1.6744%
Richard CannadyR6Converse-0.545%
Pat ChildersR50Park6.3351%
Cathy ConnollyD13Albany-30.3319%
Bernadine CraftD17Sweetwater-3614%
Kathy DavisonR20Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater9.3354%
Amy EdmondsR12Laramie45.586%
John EklundR10Laramie8.3353%
Ken EsquibelD41Laramie-12.6734%
John FreemanD60Sweetwater-18.1730%
Gerald GayR36Natrona49.1789%
Keith GingeryR23Fremont/Teton3.549%
W. Patrick GogglesD33Fremont-21.6726%
Mike GreearR27Washakie14.8359%
Matthias GreeneR45Albany-7.1739%
Steve HarshmanR37Natrona-1.6744%
Elaine HarveyR26Big Horn/Park-1.8344%
Hans HuntR2Niobrara/Weston/Converse/Goshen20.1763%
Peter S. "Pete" IllowayR42Laramie9.8354%
Allen JaggiR18Uinta/Sweetwater4182%
Norine KasperikR32Campbell1.8347%
Kendell KroekerR35Natrona55.595%
Samuel KroneR24Park-11.8335%
Thomas LockhartR57Natrona10.3355%
Bunky LoucksR59Natrona17.8361%
Thomas LubnauR31Campbell-3.1743%
Michael MaddenR40Johnson/Sheridan33.3375%
Robert McKimR21Lincoln22.565%
Del McOmieR54Fremont449%
David MillerR55Fremont27.8370%
Glenn MonizR46Albany4.8350%
Bob NicholasR8Laramie-1.8344%
John PattonR29Sheridan6.8352%
Frank PeasleyR3Converse/Platte4989%
Bryan PedersenR7Laramie5.6751%
Owen PetersenR19Uinta-5.541%
Ruth PetroffR16Teton-18.6729%
Lorraine QuarbergR28S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park61.67100%
Jim RoscoeD22Lincoln/Sublette/Teton-1433%
Mark SemlekR1Crook/Weston41.3382%
Lisa SheppersonR58Natrona35.8377%
William "Jeb" StewardR47Carbon/Albany20.1763%
Tim StubsonR56Natrona7.3352%
Matt TeetersR5Goshen/Platte47.588%
Mary ThroneD11Laramie-21.1727%
Clarence VranishR49Uinta13.6758%
Sue WallisR52Campbell34.6776%
Dan ZwonitzerR43Laramie-2.1744%
David ZwonitzerR9Laramie8.553%

The 2011 Wyoming Senate Index

This table shows the weighted liberty score and weighted liberty percentage for each senator. The highest score, earned by Sen. Cale Case, shows a weighted score of 67.

Sorted by rank.

NameParDistDistrict LocationWeighted ScoreWeighted PercentRank
Cale CaseR25Fremont67.00100%1
Bruce BurnsR21Sheridan29.6767%2
Drew PerkinsR29Natrona14.8353%3
Phil NicholasR10Albany14.8353%3
Kit JenningsR28Natrona13.0052%5
Henry H.R. "Hank" CoeR18Park12.3351%6
Eli BeboutR26Fremont11.3350%7
Dan DockstaderR16Lincoln/Sublette/Teton10.3349%8
Gerald GeisR20S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park/Washakie4.8344%9
John SchifferR22Sheridan/Johnson3.3343%10
Jim AndersonR2Converse/Platte3.3343%10
Ogden DriskillR1Crook/Weston/E Converse/Niobrara/NE Goshen2.3342%12
John HinesR23Campbell0.0040%13
R. Ray PetersonR19Big Horn/E Park-3.1737%14
Tony RossR4Laramie-9.1732%15
Fred EmerichR5Laramie-11.0030%16
Larry HicksR11Albany/Carbon-12.3329%17
Leslie NuttingR7Laramie-16.0026%18
Curt MeierR3Goshen/Platte-18.5024%19
Michael Von FlaternR24Campbell-19.3323%20
Charles ScottR30Natrona-20.3322%21
Marty MartinD12Sweetwater/Fremont-21.0021%22
Wayne JohnsonR6Laramie-21.8321%23
Stan CooperR14Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta-22.1720%24
Paul BarnardR15Uinta-26.3317%25
Bill LandenR27Natrona-26.3317%26
Chris RothfussD9Albany-27.1716%27
Leland ChristensenR17Teton/Fremont-30.1713%28
Floyd EsquibelD8Laramie-40.674%29
John HastertD13Sweetwater-44.830%30

Sorted by last name.

NameParDistDistrict LocationWeighted ScoreWeighted Percent
Jim AndersonR2Converse/Platte3.3343%
Paul BarnardR15Uinta-26.3317%
Eli BeboutR26Fremont11.3350%
Bruce BurnsR21Sheridan29.6767%
Cale CaseR25Fremont67100%
Leland ChristensenR17Teton/Fremont-30.1713%
Henry H.R. "Hank" CoeR18Park12.3351%
Stan CooperR14Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta-22.1720%
Dan DockstaderR16Lincoln/Sublette/Teton10.3349%
Ogden DriskillR1Crook/Weston/E Converse/Niobrara/NE Goshen2.3342%
Fred EmerichR5Laramie-1130%
Floyd EsquibelD8Laramie-40.674%
Gerald GeisR20S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park/Washakie4.8344%
John HastertD13Sweetwater-44.830%
Larry HicksR11Albany/Carbon-12.3329%
John HinesR23Campbell040%
Kit JenningsR28Natrona1352%
Wayne JohnsonR6Laramie-21.8321%
Bill LandenR27Natrona-26.3317%
Marty MartinD12Sweetwater/Fremont-2121%
Curt MeierR3Goshen/Platte-18.524%
Phil NicholasR10Albany14.8353%
Leslie NuttingR7Laramie-1626%
Drew PerkinsR29Natrona14.8353%
R. Ray PetersonR19Big Horn/E Park-3.1737%
Tony RossR4Laramie-9.1732%
Chris RothfussD9Albany-27.1716%
John SchifferR22Sheridan/Johnson3.3343%
Charles ScottR30Natrona-20.3322%
Michael Von FlaternR24Campbell-19.3323%

The 2011 Index background information is available:

Last Changed: 2011-10-20

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