Currently Serving on these House Committees
- Agrigculture, Livestock
& Natural Resources
- State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Thank you all for your support in the election. It will be my honor to
serve you as your new State Senator. Please feel free to contact me.
Rep. Baumgardner’s Sponsored Bills Signed by the Governor
House bills 1010 and 1158, sponsored by Rep. Baumgardner, have been made into law. Brief
descriptions of these bills can be found below.
1010 will allow an individual who loses a mutual ditch share certificate to file with the mutual ditch company a request for
reissuance of the certificate. As of now, current law requires the company to wait a 3-year period
before issuing a replacement. The new bill will eliminate the 3-year period and specifies that a person who is named in the
books of the company as a lienholder on the lost certificate is also entitled to file a request for reissuance of a lost certificate.
HB 1158 will repeal the “Colorado Inedible Meat Rendering and
Processing Act of 1967” and grant the commissioner of agriculture to specify labeling and operating requirements for
the production of commercial feed under the existing “Colorado Feed Law.” This bill will also
remove obsolete and unnecessary language from the statute.
2011 Legislative Scorecard
Below is the Principles of Liberty legislative scorecard from 2011. This analysis is unique in that it does not rate
a handful of bills on a single subject. Rather, it compiles legislators' votes across 355 bills. Each bill was reviewed for
applicability of a principle of liberty, which are listed across the top of the scorecard. There could be 1-4 different principles
applicable on any given bill. There are a total of 100 legislators, and votes were recorded for every legislator for any initial
committee vote, and the final floor vote (3rds) if applicable, for each of the 355 bills that were reviewed (a little over
half of all legislation proposed last year). This resulted in 24,262 data points for the scorecard. Some legislators have
more, some have less, depending on committee assignments, what bills went where, etc. One point to note is the number of data
points for each principle. For example, bills involving the principle of limited constitutional government created 6,761 data
points in the House, and 3,850 data points in the Senate - the most often rated principle. There were other principles that
did not receive much attention. Principles have been slightly revised for 2012 and will be posted later this week. You can
see that some principles have more statistical significance than others. The Overall Average Score is weighted for each person
by the number of data points in each principle. Since I am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, I am familiar with statistics,
so please don't try to comment on the methodology - if you have a question, please message or email me. It gets complicated.
The scores are not curved, and a score of 100% is not a reasonable expectation.
However, the closer, the better. More important are the relative scores across legislators on each principle. Some general
themes play out as you would expect. However, there are some individual surprises that jump out from the data. I will leave
each to their own interpretation of the data.