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Voces Unidas Action Fund releases 2024 Legislative Scorecard

Voces Unidas Action Fund released its 2024 Legislative Scorecard today, tracking the votes of all state lawmakers against our legislative priorities during the 2024 legislative session, with a special focus on the five local state lawmakers representing Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake and Summit counties. 


Voces Unidas actively lobbies for or against legislative proposals based on how they impact the central-mountain Latino community. Our positions on legislation are informed by community leaders from across the region and polling research of Latino voters.


This year's legislative scorecard examined lawmakers’ votes on 37 bills across seven policy areas — Immigrant Rights, Environmental/Climate Justice, Health/Reproductive Justice, Housing/Economic Justice, Gun Safety/Criminal Justice Reform, Civil Rights/Democracy and Education Justice.

 

Fifty-one lawmakers out of 100 scored 90% or higher, with 31 of them receiving an A+ grade in our 2024 Legislative Scorecard. On the opposite side of the grading scale, 31 lawmakers received the lowest possible grade of F-. 


Click here to see the complete scorecard.

 

Three local lawmakers received top marks 

 

Rep. Elizabeth Velasco (HD-57) and Speaker Julie McCluskie (HD-13) both earned an A+ for voting with us 100% of the time on the possible votes we tracked for them in the House this session. Our third top-grade earner is Rep. Meghan Lukens (HD-26), who also received a solid A for voting with us 98% of the time. 

 

Senator Dylan Roberts (SD-8) earned a C+ for voting with us 12 times out of a possible 18 votes we tracked for him in the Senate this session (just under 80%). Sen. Roberts was with us on many important pieces of legislation, including our highest priority bill this session, and we look forward to continuing to engage with him to see if we can find additional alignment in the future.

 

In his second year in the Senate, and for the fourth year in a row, Sen. Perry Will (SD-5) had the lowest grade (F-) on our Legislative Scorecard. Sen. Will voted with us 5 times out of the possible 18 votes we tracked for him in the Senate this session.


Rep. Velasco earns Local Legislative Champion Award in 2024

 

For the second consecutive year, Rep. Velasco (HD-57) earned the 2024 Local Legislative Champion Award for voting with us 100% of the time and sponsoring our highest priority bill – School Graduation Attire (HB24-1323) – as well as House Joint Resolution 1020 recognizing Latino Advocacy Day.

 

The Local Legislative Champion Award is reserved for a central-mountain lawmaker who is 100% aligned with our values and goes above and beyond to champion our legislative agenda in any given legislative session.


Rep. Hernández earns Community Ally Award in 2024


Denver-based legislator, Rep. Tim Hernández (HD-4), earned this year’s Community Ally Award. While he doesn't represent the central-mountain communities, Rep. Hernández distinguished himself this year by voting with us 100% of the time and co-sponsoring our tier 1 legislation (HB24-1323)

 

The Community Ally Award is reserved for a lawmaker outside of the central-mountain region who is 100% aligned with our values and goes above and beyond to champion our legislative agenda in any given legislative session.


Voces Unidas has been releasing a scorecard at the end of each legislative session since 2021. We believe that legislative scorecards are an effective tool to evaluate the performance of legislators and to hold them accountable for their votes.

 

We hope our scorecards encourage legislators to be more transparent and responsive to all constituents, especially Latinos in the central-mountain region.


You can find additional details -- and see how all lawmakers in the state performed -- below or on our website at www.vocesunidasaction.org/policy


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