Libertas Legislator Index Rankings
The following rating measures how consistently this legislator votes in support of individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise. To learn more, see the main index page.
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Sponsored Ranked Bills
This legislator was the sponsor of the following bills, which were ranked by Libertas Institute in their respective year's Legislator Index.
- SB81: Local Government Licensing Amendments (2017)
Prior to this bill, the law allowed cities to require home-based businesses to obtain permits and pay fees as a condition of operating in the resident's home. These fees were often significant compared to the revenue such businesses produce. This bill largely carved out such small, home-based businesses, exempting them from licensure and fees. This bill passed the Senate 28-1 and passed the House 62-8. Libertas supports a "yea" vote, because just like no regulation is needed of lawful commercial enterprises conducted within one's home, cities should not be allowed to require such businesses to pay fees—since no corresponding services are provided to them for such payment.
- SB115: Compulsory Education Revisions (2017)
When a child is habitually truant from school, the parent can currently be charged with a class B misdemeanor. This bill would have repealed that criminal charge. This bill failed in the Senate on a 13-16 vote. Libertas supports a "yea" vote, because parents are the stewards of their children and compulsory education laws violate their fundamental right to dictate how a child should be educated. Eliminating this parental punishment is an important goal.
- HB132: Licensure exemption for home-based businesses (2016)
This bill would have exempted home-based businesses from requirements by cities to pay annual fees as a condition of legally operating their business.
This bill passed in the House 57-17 but was not considered by the Senate. Libertas Institute supports a "yea" vote, having proposed and worked on this bill for the third consecutive year; businesses that have no impact on city services of neighboring property should not be required to be licensed or pay fees to the government as a condition of operating.
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