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Rep. Potter's Voting Record

I used to believe if an elected official had a capital R next to their name they must be conservative and think about the issues like I do. I trusted that they must feel the same love and reverence for the US Constitution and GOP Party Platform that I do. I assumed their votes would be representative of my deep feelings and beliefs. I was wrong.

When I began my journey to understand my representatives I found that there are many organizations that study issues important to them. They track our representatives and then publish “report cards” and “rankings." I’ve listed a few such organizations and their rankings of our current 3rd District State Representative.

 

Utah Taxpayers Association

Utah Taxpayer Association - The Utah Taxpayer Association is a Utah-based organization that scores lawmakers based on key tax-related bills. They ranked Representative Potter 9th lowest of all 75 House Representatives. (2019)

https://utahtaxpayers.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/F2019-Scorecard.pdf

Libertas InstituteLibertas Institute - Libertas Institute is a Utah-based organization that scores lawmakers based on “individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise.” They ranked Representative Potter 11th lowest of all 75 House Representatives. (2020)

https://libertasutah.org/resources/legislator-indexes/2020-index/

Utah GrassrootsUtah Grassroots - Utah Grassroots is a Utah-based organization that scores lawmakers based on “the principles of limited and representative government, the constitution, free market economy, family, and separation of powers.” They ranked Representative Potter 20th lowest of all 75 House Representatives. (Lifetime)

https://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/2019/GrassRoots2020.pdf

 

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity - Americans for Prosperity scores lawmakers on their “votes on economic issues.” They ranked Representative Potter 23rd lowest of all 75 House Representatives. (2019)

https://mk0utahscorecarnvhfc.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/19C_59034_DOC_AFP_UT_Scorecard_Digital_v3.pdf

American Conservative UnionThe American Conservative Union - The American Conservative Union scores lawmakers on conservative issues. They ranked Representative Potter 25th lowest of all 75 House Representatives. (2019)

http://acuratings.conservative.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/09/CLA_Utah_2019_web-1.pdf

Alliance for a Better UtahAlliance for a Better Utah - Alliance for a Better Utah, is a liberal, Utah-based organization that scores lawmakers on “progressive policies that make Utah an even better place.” They ranked Representative Potter 28th lowest of all 75 House Representatives. (2019)

https://progressreport.betterutah.org/legislators/

Sierra Club - UtahSierra Club - Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to liberal environmental and conservation issues. They ranked Representative Potter as the 24th most likely to vote for the planet rather than the people who occupy it. (2019)

https://utah.sierraclub.org/2019-utah-house-scorecard

Adam Brown, PhD, Political Science Researcher at Brigham Young University - Dr. Brown uses an advanced algorithm to calculate each legislator's ideology score based on his or her legislative voting record. He ranks Representative Potter as the 30th most liberal representative in the Utah State Legislature. (2019)

https://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/ideology_house

Note that the Utah State Legislature consists of 59 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

Bills that Demonstrate
Representative Potter's Failure to Support Conservative Values

2020 Legislative Session

S.B.39 Affordable Housing Amendments (Sponsored by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this bill because it would have allocated $35 million dollars to the Housing and Community Development Division of the Department of Workforce Services. The state has has neither the money to fund, nor the responsibility to carry out this sort of endeavor. The state should not take the property of one taxpayer to give to another. Furthermore, housing costs will remain high as long as the state continues to make such investments. The market will self correct when private industry is left on it's own.

H.B. 261 Limiting Eminent Domain (Opposed by Rep. Potter)

I supported this bill because it would have limited the state's ability to take private property from citizens for recreational uses. I agree with the GOP Party Platform which says that "the rights of property owners should be vigorously preserved."

H.B. 132 Higher Education Student Speech Rights (Opposed by Rep. Potter)

I supported this bill because it would have protected the free speech of university students. I agree with the GOP Party Platform which says "We affirm our support for individual freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected in the Constitution." The bill clarified discriminatory harassment as student-on-student speech that is “unwelcome, discriminates on the basis of a classification protected under federal or state law, and is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive” to the point of distracting or undermining a student’s educational experience. 

H.B. 34 Tanning for Minors (Supported by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this bill because I agree with the GOP Party Platform which says "We support legislation which recognizes the rights and the responsibilities of parents for their minor children." This bill would have taken away the right and responsibility from parents to determine whether their minor child could use a tanning bed. While there is little debate as to the health dangers posed by tanning beds, the state should not take what rightfully belongs to the parents. 

H.B. 58 Electronic Cigarettes in Schools Amendments (Supported by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this $4.5 million dollar bill because the objectives of the bill are already addressed in other ways. 1) School districts are already able to confiscate e-cigarette equipment, 2) vaping is already illegal and 3) most schools have police officers on duty. It makes more sense to enforce existing laws than to write pass new laws and spend more money. 

2019 Legislative Sessions

S.B. 2001 Tax Restructuring Revisions (Supported by Rep. Potter)

I opposed SB 2001 for many reasons including:
  1. The bill conflicts with the GOP Party Platform which calls for tax reform that includes "simple rules and reporting." This bill is over 200 pages long and contains over 60,000 words. The U.S. Constitutions, including the 27 Amendments is approximately 7,500 words.

  2. The bill included a tax increase on gasoline. Utah voters overwhelmingly voted against such an increase in November of 2018.

  3. The bill included taxing of various services. The state does not have the authority to determine what types of services will win and which will lose. They chose dog groomers, funeral home operators, and tow truck drivers to lose and lawyers and accountants to win. 

S.B. 34 Affordable Housing Modifications (Sponsored by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this bill because it required municipalities to adopt at least three policies from a menu of housing reforms in order for them to apply for about $700 million in state transportation funds. Furthermore, the state should not make mandates such as these. Individual cities should be left to determine their own fate. The government closest to the people make better choices for their citizens.

H.B. 353 Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program (Supported by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this bill which appropriates $500,000 to fund a pilot program aimed at reducing single occupancy vehicle trips (individuals in their own cars) by providing free-fare transit on select poor air quality days. The state does not have the resources to fund this bill and other programs are aimed at reducing single occupancy vehicle trips.

H.B. 357 Voluntary Wood Burning Conversion Program (Supported by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this $14 million dollar bill because it allows homeowners to receive up to $4,000 to convert their wood burning stove to a gas or electric stove. The  state should not be in the business of redistributing taxpayer money to other taxpayers.

H.B. 252 Electronic Cigarette and Other Nicotine Product Amendments (Supported by Rep. Potter) 

I opposed this bill because I agree with the GOP Party Platform which says "We support legislation which recognizes the rights and the responsibilities of parents for their minor children." I believe parents, churches, and other community organizations are equipped to teach children to act responsibly. It is not good for government to shape social behavior through taxes. 

H.B. 158 Higher Education Student Speech Rights (Opposed by Rep. Potter)

I supported this bill because government-funded universities must allow students to exercise their rights to free speech without any intervention, unless there is actual harassment or public safety legitimately warrants it. I agree with our GOP Party Platform which says "We affirm our support for individual freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected in the Constitution."

H.B.13 Distracted Driver Amendment (Supported by Rep. Potter)

I opposed this bill because it would have made it a crime for a driver to simply hold a cell phone in their hand.

There are 75 legislators in the Utah State House of Representatives. His average ranking 24th of 75 representative shows that Representative Val Potter does not represent the values of District 3 and needs to be replaced. Please send me to Salt Lake City so I can represent you  Restore Your Voice!


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