2016 General Assembly Once Again Producing Negative Results


February 16, 2016

Vast Majority of Bills and Lawmakers Already Deeply in Negative Territory

Providence, RI — General Assembly lawmakers in 2016 are on track to continue a multi-year, negative trend of public policy that will reduce economic justice for Rhode Islanders. This according to the 2016 General Assembly Freedom Index, an interactive, live tool published by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity.

Although not all bills have received final ratings, the few positive pieces of legislation will likely be outweighed by the much greater number of negative bills, resulting in a net negative impact, as has occurred in prior years.
Lawmakers and the public are encouraged to visit the “Legislation” tab on the 2016 Freedom Index to determine the bill rankings for the majority of bills that have been rated, but not yet voted on. The “Summary” tab displays individual lawmaker scores.

To date, among the bills that have received preliminary ratings, and with only a minority of bills receiving votes, early results in the 2016 session include:

  • (58) bills are rated negatively, with only (23) receiving a positive score, and (4) yet to receive a rating
  • The many negative bills would total a (-92) net score, if all were to be voted on, while the few positive bills would produce a (+34) score, resulting in a net (-58) overall rating
  • Only 12 of 113 lawmakers can currently boast a positive individual score, consisting of 4 Democrats and 8 Republicans, with 5 in the Senate and 7 in the House
Additional resources are available on the main RI Freedom Index page, including a number of online and interactive tools and information for users, with links to scores from prior years:

Description & Methodology

Mike Stenhouse, CEO

About the Center
The nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity is Rhode Island’s premiere free-enterprise research and advocacy organization. The nonprofit Center is funded entirely by private tax-deductible donations and never accepts public funding. The mission of the 501-C-3 organization is to return government to the people by opposing special-interest politics and advancing proven free-market solutions that can transform lives by restoring economic competitiveness, increasing educational opportunities, and protecting individual freedoms.