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.
To see the specific votes used to rank this legislator, click the link in the table above for any of the yearly percentages listed.
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.
- HB239: Juvenile Justice Amendments (2017)
This bill incorporated many changes proposed as part of a comprehensive review of the juvenile justice system with many different stakeholders. There are multiple benefits to the proposals, including make clear that juveniles guilty of status offenses (for example, school truancy) should not end up in juvenile detention.
This bill passed the House 68-7 and passed the Senate 24-0. Libertas supports a "yea" vote, because without much oversight the number of laws, and the method of their enforcement, many injustices in the "justice" system have occurred. This legislation helps move the system in a better direction.
- HB405: Parole option for juvenile offenders (2016)
Prior to this bill, juveniles committing heinous crimes could be incarcerated for life without parole. Because young brains are not developed enough to process information rationally, they should not be held accountable like adults. Recognizing the science on this issue, this bill removed life without parole as an option, allowing juvenile offenders to demonstrate their ability to rejoin society at some future time.
This bill passed the House 64-3 and passed the Senate unanimously. Libertas Institute supports a "yea" vote, because young offenders deserve a second chance at life, should they be a different person several decades after their crime.
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