October 13, 2016
WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the Kansas Legislature. In our third year of rating the state, ACU found that Republican legislators tended to vote more conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average increasing by 4.5 points– from 70 out of 100 in 2015, to 74.5 out of 100 in 2016.
“Kansas led the way on a number of significant issues that advanced conservative principles in 2016,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp, who has deep roots in the Sunflower State. “The House completed action on a Senate-passed bill from 2015 protecting the religious freedom of student associations, and both houses gave large majorities to a bill directing family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood and repealing renewable energy subsidies. Unfortunately, both houses endorsed a bill allowing local governments to confiscate property designated as ‘blighted’ without compensation to the owner. Thankfully, Governor Brownback’s veto kept the bill from becoming law.”
A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 8,000 individual legislators. ACU is the only organization in the nation to do this. Like our Congressional ratings that have been published for 45 consecutive years, ACU’s state ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Kansas legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution.
New in this year’s ratings are references to how legislation impacts families based on the ACU Foundation’s new Family Prosperity Index. Also highlighted are issues ACU Foundation’s policy centers and Senior Fellows focus on.
To view our Kansas ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on Kansas.
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity. Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles. As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”
The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:
Representatives: ANTHIMIDES, BARKER, BARTON, BRADFORD, BRUCHMAN, B. CARPENTER, W. CARPENTER, CLAEYS, CORBET, DAVIS, DeGRAAF, DOVE, ESAU, ESTES, GARBER, GROSSERODE, HAWKINS, HEDKE, HEMSLEY, HIGHLAND, HILDABRAND, HOFFMAN, HOUSER, HUEBERT, HUTCHINS, HUTTON, JOHNSON, D. JONES, K. JONES, KAHRS, KELLEY, KELLY, KLEEB, LUNN, MACHEERS, MASON, MAST, McPHERSON, MERRICK, O’BRIEN, OSTERMAN, PAULS, PECK, POWELL, PROEHL, RAHJES, READ, RHOADES, RUBIN, RYCKMAN, Jr., RYCKMAN, Sr., SCAPA, SCHWARTZ, SEIWERT, SUELLENTROP, SUTTON, THIMESCH, TODD, VICKREY, WEBER, WHITMER, and WILLIAMS
Senators: BAUMGARDNER, MELCHER, O’DONNELL, OLSON, PILCHER-COOK, POWELLOLSON, PYLE, nd TYSON
With your help, ACU hopes to present the 2016 awards to those Representatives and Senators who scored above 80% in the near future. For more information contact Amanda Bunning at (202) 347-9388 or by email at[email protected].