One of the most common questions people ask me is, “How did my legislator vote?”
I am pleased to share this report card for the most recent North Dakota state legislative session. Here is a snapshot of how lawmakers voted on key social and moral legislation related to the right to life, education, family, marriage, and other issues.
Guided by our vision of building a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, this report card focuses on seven bills/resolutions in the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives during the 2019 Legislative Session. All these are included in this report card. A bill is passed by a simple majority in the Senate (24 votes out of 47 Senators) and the House (48 votes out of 94 Representatives.)
Lawmakers earned percentage grades ranging from 0% to 100%, based on how they voted on the relevant bills coming before their chamber. To arrive at a percentage, we divided the candidate’s number of good votes cast by the number of total bills he/she voted on. Not all lawmakers voted on every bill; the number of absences on these key bills is also noted in the rightmost column.
Lawmakers who voted on a bill consistent with pro-life and pro-family values received a green checkmark; those who voted against these values on a bill received a red “X”. We added the votes and each legislator received a total score indicating the percentage of times they voted with pro-life and pro-family values. The higher the score, the better their ranking.
Please pray for this election and for the 67th legislative session that starts in January. Please pray that legislators may vote in ways that uphold your biblical values as they make important decisions for our state. I’m convinced the best is yet to come!
President and Executive Director
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota.