2014 Legislative Scorecard
Our 2014 Scorecard grades each MD lawmaker based on his or her key floor and committee votes during the 2014 session. To show you which lawmakers have stood up for consumer rights year-after-year, we've also given each legislator four-year average scores that summarize their record on consumer issues since the legislative slate was elected in Nov. 2010.
To see how your legislators scored, you can:
Consumer Champions, Consumer Heroes
Four delegates (Al Carr, Bill Frick, Barbara Frush, and Carolyn Howard) and three senators (Richard Madaleno, Paul Pinsky and Jim Rosapepe) earned the title of "Consumer Heroes, 2011 to 2014" for their perfect consumer rights votes over the last four years. We also named 47 delegates and 26 senators who earned 100% scores for their votes this year our "2014 Consumer Champions."
To honor the legislators who show strong leadership on the committees that cast the most difficult and controversial consumer votes, we also named 26 legislators on those committees who earned overall scores of 85% or better our "2014 Committee Champions." You can:
On the other end of the spectrum, two senators and 35 delegates (including five Democrats) earned failing grades (scores of less than 65%) for their 2014 votes. Two senators and 22 delegate got F's for their consumer votes over the last four years. You can:
How we Scored the Legislators
To establish our Floor Scores, we graded each senator on six key votes during the 2014 session and each delegate on seven votes. You can
To develop our committee scores, we graded each member of the panels that handle consumer rights bill on a larger set of committee votes. You can see how we scored the members of the:
See below to review our scorecard findings for the 2010 to 2013 legislative sessions.
2013 Legislative Scorecard
MCRC's 2013 Legislative Scorecard grades each Maryland legislator based on his or her votes on seven key consumer issues on the House and Senate floor and on a larger set of committee votes on consumer issues. The scorecard also includes three-year average scores for the 2011 to 2013 sessions that show you which legislators stand up for Maryland consumers, year in and year out.
MCRC's 11 2013 Consumer Champions earned perfect scores on consumer rights votes during the 2013 session while eight "Consumer Heroes" won 100 percent marks on consumer issues for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 sessions.
To see all the scores and all the legislators MCRC honors this year you can:
To learn more about how we developed our 2013 legislative scores, please see:
2012 Legislative Scorecard
MCRC's 2012 scorecard grades each legislator for his or her floor votes on eight key consumer-rights bills and on committee votes on a broader list of consumer concerns during the 2012 legislative sessions.
Read and download the complete scorecard here
Read and download the scorecard in a page-by-page format here (a version suitable for easier printing and reading)
Read our press statement about the scorecard here
2012 Consumer Champions
Eighty legislators earned a place on MCRC's list of 2012 Consumer Champions for their perfect scores on consumer rights votes in 2012.
See the complete list of 2012 Consumer Champions here
The worksheets below explain the bills and votes we used to develop our floor and committee scores for Maryland legislators
2011 Legislative Scorecard
MCRC's 2011 scorecard reviews the record of each Maryland legislator based on his or her votes on eight critical consumer rights bills on the floor of the Maryland House and Senate and in key consumer-affairs committees during the 2011 session, and gives each representative a score for his or her work.
You can review and download the complete scorecard here
MCRC's 2011 Legislative Scorecard
The legislators who earned perfect 100-percent scores were named to MCRC list of 2011 Consumer Champions.
You can read the full list of 2011 Consumer Champions here: MCRC's 2011 Consumer Champions
2010 Legislative Scorecard
You can read and download MCRC's complete scorecard for the 2010 Legislative Session here