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FEATURE

Long Odds in the
Legislative Process

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BY LARRY LIGHT

ports are an important part of our lives where your success rate is a traditional measure of
competence. If you bat .300 (30%) or make free throws at a 90% rate you're doing pretty
good, maybe even an all-star. In our data-driven era quarterback ratings and wins above
replacement are important statistics. Politics is a little different. In politics the target is a
success rate of 50%. You need to convince 50.1% of the citizens who voted that you are the best
candidate. When you are elected and serve in the General Assembly, the baseline for success is set
by the Constitution. To approve legislation the numbers are 102, 26 & 1. You need 102 votes in
the House and 26 votes in the Senate, one more than half of the members in each chamber. And
then you need a 100% win, the approval of one individual, the Governor, for a bill to become law.

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