Progressive Maryland Education Fund

2011 Progressive Maryland Education
Fund's Legislative Scorecard

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The bills selected for the Progressive Maryland Education Fund (PMEF) legislative scorecard are the most important economic, political empowerment, and civil rights bills affecting working families that General Assembly lawmakers considered during the annual session. Find background and other details for any bill by entering its number at http://mlis.state.md.us/#bill

Scorecard Methodology

A 100 is the best possible score a lawmaker can receive on the scorecard; a 0 (zero) is the worst possible score. Due to its importance, SB 116 Marriage Equality is doubled-weighted (other bills are single-weighted).

A plus (+) indicates a progressive position on the bill while a negative (–) indicates a special-interest position on the bill. A plus (+) is worth full credit on that bill while a negative (–) is worth zero points on that bill. Abstentions (A, unexcused non-votes) that hurt PM's position are scored a negative or "0" (same as –), but those that help are scored full credit (same as a +).

Not having to vote on a bill because it did not come up for a vote in the committee or on the floor ordinarily (scored "N/A") does not factor into a lawmaker's score. Neither do Excused absences (E) and Recusals (R). If excused absences and/or recusals account for more than half of a lawmaker's votes, that lawmaker is scored N/A for the session.

Points earned on all the bills together account for 80% of a lawmaker's total score and the Leadership Score (described below) accounts for 20%. For more information about bills, visit the General Assembly website: http://mlis.state.md.us.

Leadership Score

This category scores a lawmaker on the bulk of the General Assembly's work that happens behind the scenes and is crucial to the legislative process: whether a lawmaker works with or against progressive advocates to advance working-family legislation, sponsors or cosponsors a bill, lobbies colleagues or speaks publicly for or against a bill, committee work, and so on. The Leadership Score accounts for 20% of a lawmaker’s total score, with 0 (zero) the lowest possible Leadership Score and 20 the highest possible Leadership Score. (Read the detailed description).

 

Descriptions of Scored Legislation

Find background and other details for any bill by entering its number at http://mlis.state.md.us/#bill.

About the Progressive Maryland Education Fund

The Progressive Maryland Education Fund (PMEF) is a non-partisan 501(C)3 non-profit organization that, among other projects, monitors and reports on public policy issues of concern to working families and how lawmakers vote on these issues.

Printable 2011 Scorecards for All 47 Districts (Adobe PDFs)

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