The conservative Civitas Institute released its annual ranking of state legislators Tuesday, and House Speaker Tim Moore and other Republican leaders didn’t fare well.
Civitas scored legislators based on how they voted on eight bills, including the state budget, House Bill 2, a unsuccessful proposal to eliminate tolls on Interstate 77, and a measure limiting the use of eminent domain to take property.
Twenty House legislators received a score of 57.1 out of 100 points, including Moore and seven Democrats. All were tied for 65th place. The ranking system penalized Moore because he did not vote on several of the bills.
Other House Republican leaders scored poorly, including House Rules Chairman David Lewis (71.4 of 100 and 32nd place) and Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam (also tied for 32nd).
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Civitas gave perfect scores to 11 Republican House members: Marilyn Avila of Raleigh, Dan Bishop of Charlotte, John Blust of Greensboro, Rick Catlin of Wilmington, Carl Ford of Rowan County, Kelly Hastings of Gaston County, Chris Millis of Pender County, Michael Speciale of New Bern and Larry Pittman of Concord. Democrat Evelyn Terry of Winston-Salem also got a perfect score because she had excused absences for several of the bills.
“We had a relatively short list of grade-worthy bills this session, which helped enable several perfect scores,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said in a news release. “We are encouraged to see the first perfect scores in our rankings in the last few years.”
No senators received perfect scores, and Senate leader Phil Berger received a score of 75, putting him in 6th place.
See how your legislators ranked in the full report here.