Libertas Legislator Profiles

Legislator Profile: Representative Becky Edwards

Name: Becky Edwards
Type: Representative
Party: Republican
No longer in office

Libertas Legislator Index Rankings

The following rating measures how consistently this legislator votes in support of individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise. To learn more, see the main index page.

20142015201620172018 Overall Rating
45%50%54%42%24.5% 43%

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Sponsored Ranked Bills

This legislator was the sponsor of the following bills, which were ranked by Libertas Institute in their respective year's Legislator Index.

  • HJR20: Joint Resolution Submitting a Question to Voters (2018)
    This bill gives voters the option of raising the gas tax by 33% in order to generate over $120 million annually for public education and higher education. This was unnecessarily done in a year with a half billion dollar surplus, and only a few years after the gas taxes were previously raised.

    This bill passed the House 55-17 and passed the Senate 24-4.
  • HB345: Telehealth Pilot Project (2017)
    This bill spends $350,000 in taxpayer money to fund a telehealth pilot project to increase access or convenience to health care, including in rural populations in the state.

    This bill passed the House 67-4 and passed the Senate 24-2. Libertas supports a "nay" position, because taxpayers should not be compelled to fund telehealth projects for those who choose to live in rural areas, especially since commercial providers are already innovating and expanding access to telehealth services.
  • HB18: Children's Hearing Aid Program Amendments (2015)
    This bill converted a recently-created pilot program for taxpayers funding hearing aids for children into a permanent program, along with expanding the eligible pool of children who might qualify. Utah taxpayers will be required to pay an estimated $100,000 per year for this program.

    We encourage voluntary charity but object to coercing taxpayers into funding programs such as these. Government exists to protect our rights—not force us to help one another.

    This bill passed the Senate 21-2 and passed the House 47-17. Libertas supports a "nay" vote.

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