One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report CardRecent News — By Online Editor on March 5, 2017 at 2:43 AM
The Alaska Policy Forum has just published the 2017 report card for legislators we call the Freedom Index.
An informed citizenry is an essential element to maintaining a free society. To inform citizens on how our legislators are affecting their daily lives, the Alaska Policy Forum has developed a report card, grading legislators on their final votes on bills.
We are providing this Freedom Index to Alaskans so they can go to a single source to see how their State legislators have voted and how they support limited government. This is one-stop shopping.
You don’t have to go to the state’s website, BASIS. All the information you need is right here, including links to BASIS for a specific bill.
- Want to know how your legislator voted, go to Summary tab. This tab also provides contact information for a legislator
- Want to know about a specific bill and where it is at in the legislative process, go to Legislation tab and click on the bill number such as SJR2.
This Freedom Index is solely intended to provide educational information to Alaskans in a concise, accountable manner. It is the product of nonpartisan analysis and research and is not intended to directly or indirectly endorse or oppose any candidate for public office.
This is not about party affiliations or labels like liberal, moderate or conservative. Rather it is about a philosophical belief in the role of government.
We only grade the legislators on their final floor votes on legislation. However, there are some votes that occur in committees that are just as important. We also do not grade budget bills.
How do we grade various legislation click here:
Click here to go to the Freedom Index report card on legislators. Below are pointers on the various tabs:
# Vote Index Tab: A bar chart of legislators’ freedom ratings. Hover over a specific bar to see who it represents, the district and the rating.
# Summary Tab gives a list of all legislators. To see the voting record of any legislator, click on the name.
# Legislation Tab: List of all scored bills with the vote rating and justification.
# House Tab: Gives colorized state map of House districts; the greener the color, the more freedom. Hover over the map to see District and overall freedom rating
# Senate Tab: Gives colorized state map of Senate districts, the greener the color, the more freedom. Hover over the map to see District and overall freedom rating.
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