This year I had the pleasure to help out the fine people at Delaware United to compile their annual Legislative Accountability Report Card (LARC). It is a good a way as any to evaluate our legislators’ work over the past year in the General Assembly. I encourage you to read it in full.
The Legislative Accountability Report Card (LARC) is created by Delaware United and volunteers to hold State Senators and Representatives accountable for their voting records. LARC Committee members compile, analyze, and format data so Delawareans can easily see how their legislators performed throughout the year.
This year we saw a sharp increase in the number of bills that passed through the general assembly. With well over 122 bills being included in our report card, the margins between legislators were pretty slim this year but there were definitely some clear progressive champions in both chambers!
You can view the LARC for each chamber that shows the overall scores for each legislator. Don’t forget to check out the leadership cards to see who really shined in each category and who won our Most Valuable Voter and Most Valuable Sponsor awards. Then, if you want, you can take a deep dive into the data to see how the sausage is made.
Now, the LARC isn’t perfect. But it is a good snapshot of what was accomplished in Dover this year. Taken together with our Legislative Recap, we feel it can give a pretty good picture of what the legislative session was like this past year.
We encourage you to check out the LARC and see how your legislator did this year and then read our Legislative Recap to get a real feel for how each issue played out down in Dover. For those that really want to get into the weeds, we also developed an annotated list of almost all the major legislation that shares some real behind-the-scenes information.Feel free to share the LARC around and let your friends know about this great resource.