Wyoming Liberty Index, 2013 General Session, 62nd Legislature

Welcome to the 2013 Wyoming Liberty Index.

The Bills

The 2013 Wyoming Liberty Index rates all final bills in the House and Senate from the 2013 General Session, 62nd Legislature, on whether they support or inhibit liberty.

Legislators voted on 258 bills in the House and 241 bills in the Senate. Out of this total, the Liberty Index showed that 64 liberty-supporting bills passed and 67 failed. Additionally, 63 liberty-inhibiting bills passed while 117 failed.

Some good liberty bills that passed include:

The most liberty supporting bills that failed include:

The most liberty inhibiting bills that passed include:

The most liberty inhibiting bills that failed include:

It's usually a good idea to get rid of obsolete legislation. HB 7, "Sanitary facilities for motion picture operators", removes an archaism that would be amusing if the cost of compliance weren't noticeable. Down with legislative micromanagement!

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 Kendell Kroeker, David Miller, Marti Halverson, Stephen Watt, Allen Jaggi, Tom Reeder, Kathy Davison, Robert McKim, Bunky Loucks, Lynn Hutchings, Garry Piiparinen, and Hans Hunt. Following on his success last year, Rep. Kroeker wins the title of "Most Liberty-Friendly Member of the House for 2013", and by a wide margin.

The House Needs Improvement Club consists of those members who most consistently voted to limit freedom. They are (in order) Representatives David Blevins, John Patton, David Zwonitzer, Dan Zwonitzer, Ruth Petroff, Ken Esquibel, Rosie Berger, John Freeman, James Byrd, W. Patrick Goggles, Cathy Connolly, and Mary Throne. Rep. Throne has earned the title of "Most Liberty-Hostile Member of the House for 2013".

The top performing House Democrat is Stan Blake, ranked 33rd. Freshman Lee Filer ranked 48th. These are the lone Democrats to avoid the "Needs Improvement Club".

The Top Half-Dozen liberty-supporting members in the Senate were (in order) Senators Cale Case, Drew Perkins, Ogden Driskill, "Dr. No", Larry Hicks, and Dan Dockstader. 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 2013" by a substantial margin. Kudos yet again to Senator Case!

The Senate Needs Improvement Club are those members who most consistently voted to limit freedom. They are (in order) Senators Bill Landen, Henry H.R. "Hank" Coe, Chris Rothfuss, Floyd Esquibel, Bernadine Craft, and Michael Von Flatern. Michael Von Flatern has earned the title of "Most Liberty-Hostile Member of the Senate for 2013".

Among Senate Democrats, former "Most Liberty-Hostile Member" John Hastert did best, ranking at 22.

This year, more legislators ranked ahead of "Dr. No" than last year. Those who did can take an additional bow.

There is detailed information on each legislator.

The 2013 Wyoming House Index

This table shows the weighted liberty score and weighted liberty percentage for each representative.

NameParDistDistrict LocationWeighted ScoreWeighted PercentWeighted Rank
Kendell KroekerR35Natrona106.5100%1
David MillerR55Fremont7479%2
Marti HalversonR22Lincoln/Sublette/Teton65.573%3
Stephen WattR17Sweetwater64.572%4
Allen JaggiR19Uinta6371%5
Tom ReederR58Natrona57.568%6
Kathy DavisonR18Lincoln/Sweetwater/Uinta57.568%6
Robert McKimR21Lincoln5465%8
Bunky LoucksR59Natrona5465%8
Lynn HutchingsR42Laramie53.565%10
Garry PiiparinenR49Uinta53.565%10
Hans HuntR2Niobrara/Weston/Goshen51.564%12
Mark BakerR48Sweetwater4861%13
Nathan WintersR28Big Horn/Hot Springs/Fremont/Park41.557%14
Gerald GayR36Natrona38.555%15
Mark SemlekR1Crook/Weston3855%16
Sue WallisR52Campbell33.552%17
Mike GreearR27Big Horn/Washakie1942%18
Jerry PaxtonR47Carbon/Albany/Sweetwater1842%19
Sue WilsonR7Laramie1741%20
Thomas LubnauR31Campbell13.539%21
Tom WaltersR38Natrona1338%22
"Dr. No"11.537%23
Michael MaddenR40Johnson/Sheridan10.537%24
Keith GingeryR23Teton10.537%24
Kathy ColemanR30Sheridan5.533%26
Dan KirkbrideR4Platte/Converse3.532%27
Thomas LockhartR57Natrona2.531%28
Glenn MonizR46Albany0.530%29
John EklundR10Laramie/Goshen-1.529%30
Donald Burkhart, JrR15Carbon-228%31
Eric BarlowR3Campbell/Converse-3.527%32
Stan BlakeD39Sweetwater-427%33
Albert SommersR20Sublette-5.526%34
Norine KasperikR32Campbell-626%35
Lloyd LarsenR54Fremont-725%36
Richard CannadyR6Converse-8.524%37
Matt TeetersR5Goshen-8.524%37
Bob NicholasR8Laramie-924%39
David NorthrupR50Park-9.523%40
Gregg BlikreR53Campbell-1023%41
Rita CampbellR34Fremont-11.522%42
Elaine HarveyR26Big Horn/Park-11.522%42
Samuel KroneR24Park-1222%44
Tim StubsonR56Natrona-12.521%45
Steve HarshmanR37Natrona-1420%46
Matthias GreeneR45Albany-14.520%47
Lee FilerD12Laramie-15.519%48
Kermit BrownR14Albany-15.519%48
David BlevinsR25Park-15.519%48
John PattonR29Sheridan-19.517%51
David ZwonitzerR9Laramie-19.517%51
Dan ZwonitzerR43Laramie-2116%53
Ruth PetroffR16Teton-22.515%54
Ken EsquibelD41Laramie-22.515%54
Rosie BergerR51Sheridan-23.514%56
John FreemanD60Sweetwater-24.514%57
James ByrdD44Laramie-25.513%58
W. Patrick GogglesD33Fremont-2613%59
Cathy ConnollyD13Albany-394%60
Mary ThroneD11Laramie-450%61

The 2013 Wyoming Senate Index

This table shows the weighted liberty score and weighted liberty percentage for each senator.

NameParDistDistrict LocationWeighted ScoreWeighted PercentWeighted Rank
Cale CaseR25Fremont93100%1
Drew PerkinsR29Natrona2954%2
Ogden DriskillR1Crook/Campbell/Weston22.549%3
"Dr. No"1846%4
Larry HicksR11Albany/Carbon/Sweetwater1645%5
Dan DockstaderR16Lincoln/Sublette/Teton1645%5
Curt MeierR3Goshen/Niobrara/Weston1242%7
John HinesR23Campbell/Converse6.538%8
Stan CooperR14Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta638%9
Paul BarnardR15Uinta436%10
John SchifferR22Sheridan/Johnson335%11
Bruce BurnsR21Sheridan-1.532%12
R. Ray PetersonR19Big Horn/Park-2.532%13
Eli BeboutR26Fremont-331%14
Phil NicholasR10Albany-3.531%15
Leslie NuttingR7Laramie-530%16
Tony RossR4Laramie-629%17
Leland ChristensenR17Teton-11.525%18
Fred EmerichR5Laramie-1423%19
Gerald GeisR20Big Horn/Fremont
/Hot Springs/Park/Washakie
James Lee AndersonR28Natrona-1622%21
John HastertD13Sweetwater-1820%22
Charles ScottR30Natrona-20.519%23
Jim Anderson (SD02)R2Converse/Platte-2118%24
Wayne JohnsonR6Laramie/Goshen-2317%25
Bill LandenR27Natrona-27.514%26
Henry H.R. "Hank" CoeR18Park-3111%27
Chris RothfussD9Albany-3111%27
Floyd EsquibelD8Laramie-3210%29
Bernadine CraftD12Sweetwater-35.58%30
Michael Von FlaternR24Campbell-46.50%31

Excused, Absent and Conflicts

We now provide Excused, Absent and Conflict totals for each member on the Results tab of the spreadsheet. These are totals of third reading votes for which the member was excused, absent or had a conflict, not days.

The House, with 255 excused votes, far outstrips the Senate, with 57, even factoring in the larger size of the House. Leading the House are Rosie Berger, with 55 excused absences, and Gerald Gay, with 46.

Being a leader in this field is not necessarily a bad thing. Since a failure to vote is often equivalent to a no vote, these absences may have improved these legislators' scores. Perhaps more legislators should book cruises to the Antarctic during session.

More Information

The 2013 Index background information is available:

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