Scorecards for our Legislators for 2018

Now that the 2018 Legislative Session is over, we have looked back to see how our legislators scored in voting for progressive legislation.  We scored 85 bills across 8 categories  and have derived an overall grade for each legislator. That grade represents the sum of positive and negative votes against the total number of votes each legislator had.  We also scored each legislator on each of the 8 categories.  Those votes will be posted in a separate email.

During the scoring process, we discovered that 35 out of 85 (41%) of House bills and 41 out of 85 (48%) of Senate bills were never voted on.  This is a massive amount of progressive legislation that did not even get a vote.  We felt that this needed to be counted when we did the final grades, so you will see two sets of grades:

Original Grade - this is the grade that the legislator received based on the votes they made
Adjusted Grade - this is the grade that the legislator received when we took into account the bills that never got a vote.

For the Adjusted Grades, if the legislator was on a committee that never voted for a bill, we gave them a score of -1 which is equivalent to a vote against the bill.  For the chairman of the committee, we assigned a double negative point score on the assumption that they have more power to make sure the vote happens.

The result of this adjustment is that any legislators who were on committees that had a preponderance of bills that did not get votes saw a very large decrease in their grade.

                               District                                           Party                    Original                  

                                                                                                                     Based on votes                                                                                                      
Baltimore & Harford 7         Impallaria, Rick         R                            F                              
Baltimore & Harford 7         McDonough, Pat       R.                           F                               
Baltimore & Harford 7         Szeliga, Kathy.           R.                            F                              
Harford                34A                Glass, Glen                 R.                           F                               

Harford                34A           Lisanti, Mary Ann        D                            A                               
Harford                34A       McComas, Susan K.         R.                            F