Libertas Legislator Profiles

Legislator Profile: Senator Dan McCay

Name: Dan McCay
Type: Senator
Party: Republican
District: 18
Mobile: 801-560-0400

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.

20142015201620172018201920202021202220232024 Overall Rating
100%88%100%94%97.5%95%89.5%94%87%87%89% 93%

To see the specific votes used to rank this legislator, click the link in the table above for any of the yearly percentages listed.

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.

  • SJR1: Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution - Revenue and Taxation (2023)
    This resolution would have let Utah voters consider amending the state Constitution to prohibit taxation when transferring real estate property.

    This bill passed the Senate 22-6 but did not receive a House vote. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB59: Tax Amendments (2022)
    This bill slightly lowered the corporate franchise and income tax rates, lowered the individual income tax rate, and exempted certain pieces of personal property from sales and use tax.

    This bill passed the Senate 22-5 and passed the House 63-12. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB219: Truancy Enforcement Moratorium (2021)
    This bill puts a moratorium on enforcing any truancy laws for public school attendance until after the 2021-22 school year.

    This bill passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House 52-18. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB242: Charitable Drawing Amendments (2020)
    This bill would have legalized charitable drawings, commonly done for neighborhood and school fundraisers, that are currently illegal for violating the state's gambling/lottery laws.

    This bill passed the Senate unanimously but failed in the House, 25-42. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB171: Nonprofit Entities Amendments (2020)
    This bill makes sure that the government cannot obtain or disclose private information about donors to nonprofits.

    This bill passed the legislature unanimously. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB188: Consent for Medical Procedure Amendments (2019)
    This bill prohibited pelvic examinations of unconscious or sedated individuals by a physician or medical student without the patient's consent.

    This bill passed through the entire Legislature unanimously. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB160: Body Camera Disclosure Amendments (2019)
    This bill would have required police officers to keep body cameras on when consulting with other officers or supervisors after the use of force.

    This bill failed in the Senate, 12-13. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • SB145: Legal Notice Revisions (2019)
    This bill improved the legal notice process in cases where the person serving notice already knows where the other individual is located. It also ensured fair pricing for placing notices in the newspaper. This applies only to the largest counties.

    This bill passed the Senate 23-5 and passed the House 57-10. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • HB336: Fine Amendments (2018)
    This bill ensures that a person cannot be charged more than 25% in fines and interest compared to the original amount of a fee or citation they were charged.

    This bill passed the House 71-2 and passed the Senate unanimously. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.
  • HB265: Safety Inspection Amendments (2017)
    This bill repealed the mandatory vehicle safety inspection program in Utah.

    The bill originally passed the House 45-29 and passed the Senate 19-6. Libertas supports a "yea" vote, because as we wrote in a recent public policy brief, Utah was the only western state besides Texas to require this program, which lacks any supporting evidence to demonstrate it actually reduces mechanical failures and car crash fatalities. Lacking this data, it needed to be repealed.
  • HB300: Minimum standards for police body cameras (2016)
    This bill establishes minimum standards for police agencies that use body cameras for their officers, such as when they must be activated, when notice of their use must be given, and how records are to be retained and disclosed.

    This bill passed the House 64-5 and passed the Senate unanimously. Libertas Institute supports a "yea" vote, having spent hundreds of hours drafting the policy proposal that resulted in this change. Consistent standards applicable to police throughout the state are ideal, as opposed to a patchwork of policies.
  • HB328: Tax Changes (2015)
    This bill would have limited future property tax hikes by enacting provisions designed to prevent cities and counties from requiring residential property owners to subsidize the government at higher rates when commercial property values declined. The bill could have reduced local property tax revenue by a total aggregate of over $3 million annually.

    This bill passed the House 40-30 but was not considered by the Senate. Libertas supports a "yea" vote.

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