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Surprise: Senate Democrats match House GOP in bill-pass rate

Legislature » But numbers show a gap between House and Senate — a source of friction in session’s final days.

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Highest percentage • Fourteen legislators — 10 Republicans and four Democrats — passed all of the bills they introduced.

Senators on that list are the following: Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal (nine bills); Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross (8); Pat Jones, D-Holladay (6); and Waddoups (2).

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Bill pass-rate by lawmaker: http://bit.ly/GK2BSE

Bill watch, by legislator: http://bit.ly/GKJ0Xt

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House members included: Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville (10 bills); Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City (5); LaVar Christensen, R-Draper (5); Jack Draxler, R-North Logan (5); Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City (5); Roger Barrus, R-Centerville (4); Tim Cosgrove, D-Murray (3); John Mathis, R-Vernal (3); Dean Sanpei, R-Provo (3); and Mark Wheatley, D-Murray (1).

Most frustrated • Six members — four Republicans and two Democrats, all in the House — did not manage to pass any of the bills they introduced.

They included: Brian Doughty, D-Salt Lake City (five bills); Keith Grover, R-Provo (4); Craig Frank, R-Pleasant Grove, (3); Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton (2); Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden (2); and Janice Fisher, D-West Valley City (1).

Two other members did not introduce any bills (beyond title-only placeholders): Rep. Susan Duckworth, D-Magna, and House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo. House speakers by tradition introduce few bills.

High-office candidates • The legislators running for higher office this year had bill-pass rates that were lower than the 62 percent average of all bills that passed.

Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, is running for the U.S. Senate. He passed two of the nine bills he introduced, or 22 percent.

Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, is running for governor. He passed four of the 10 bills he introduced, or 40 percent.

Rep. Steve Sandstrom, R-Orem, is running for Congress. He passed three of 13 bills, or 23 percent.

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Two senators are running for Salt Lake County mayor: Romero and Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake City. McAdams passed nine of 15 bills or 60 percent, while Romero passed one of eight for 13 percent.

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