OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Tom Gann (R-Inola) was one of only four Oklahoma lawmakers this year to score a 100 percent on the Oklahoma Constitution’s Conservative Index.
For the index, the publication’s staff rates members of each Oklahoma legislative chamber on ten key votes. A favorable vote on these issues represents a belief in conservative principles.
“I vote on my conservative beliefs and principles, not to achieve a particular score on an index,” Gann said. “Still, I’m pleased to have achieved a perfect score two years in a row on what has become the state benchmark for rating conservative values. These include standing firm on moral issues, adhering to the Constitution, keeping government small and holding it accountable and transparent to the public.”
The three other lawmakers to achieve a score of 100 percent on the Constitution’s 41st index are: State Rep. Jim Olsen (R-Roland, State Sen. Mark Allen (R-Spiro) and State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow).
To determine the ten pieces of legislation on which they will rate votes, the Constitution’s staff take suggestions from conservative leaders. They then submit bills to a vote of the membership of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC). Legislators were rated based on their votes on bills that included such issues as protecting life, free speech and the right to keep and bear arms; obstructing overbearing government regulations; voting against subsidizing businesses; and in opposition to revisionist history.
To determine the overall rating, 10 points were awarded for each conservative vote; no points were given for a liberal vote. Three points were given for a failure to vote – in order to make a distinction between a liberal and a no vote.
The average score this year was 48 percent in the House 61 percent in the Senate. Making the top conservative list were 29 lawmakers who scored 80 percent or more.
A copy of the full index will be available soon at http://www.oklahomaconstitution.com/index.php.