Libertas Legislator Profiles

Legislator Profile: Senator Brian Shiozawa

Name: Brian Shiozawa
Type: Senator
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.

2014201520162017 Overall Rating
50%36%77%37% 50%

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.

  • SB159: Helmet Requirement Amendments (2017)
    Prior to this bill, the law required motorcycle drivers under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. This bill increased that age to 21, forcing adults age 18 to 21 to wear helmets.

    This bill passed the Senate 17-12 and passed the House 43-30. Libertas supports a "nay" vote, because while cyclists should responsibly wear helmets, adults should not be compelled to do so by their own government.
  • SB164: Access to Health Care Amendments (2015)
    This bill, nicknamed "Healthy Utah," would have expanded Medicaid in Utah. Its chief proponent, Governor Gary Herbert, heavily promoted the legislation as a way to purportedly reclaim Utah's tax dollars to provide private health care insurance to the allegedly needy, though critics argued that it was a costly entitlement with federal strings attached that would be fiscally unsound.

    This bill passed the Senate 17-11 but failed in a House committee. Libertas supports a "nay" vote.

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