The American Conservative Union this week released its 2020 state legislative scorecard, ranking Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, among the top dozen most conservative members of the Michigan House of Representatives.
Glenn voted with the over half-century-old national conservative organization’s position 88 percent of the time, tied for the sixth-most conservative voting record in the House and placing her among lawmakers earning the group’s Award for Conservative Achievement.
The organization said in a news release that the wide range of issues addressed by its scorecard reflect “a member’s adherence to conservative principles” and is “designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Michigan’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property.”
The ACU’s 2020 scorecard is available here.
Glenn said she is gratified to receive recognition and an award from the national organization “for faithfully representing the traditionally conservative values and views held by most families in Bay and Midland counties, on whose behalf I’ve been honored to cast a vote in the state House of Representatives.”
Glenn continued: “In the end, however, the only group whose judgment and approval really matters is the people I have the duty and privilege to represent — and I’ll continue to work and do my best to vote in the best interests of all the people of Bay and Midland counties.”
ACU said its scorecard “selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the three-legged stool” — including fiscal and economic issues (taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property); social and cultural issues (2nd Amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education); and government integrity (voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency).
Glenn voted in agreement with ACU’s position opposing efforts to “defund the police.” She also voted in favor of protecting law-abiding citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights, repealing burdensome regulations on small businesses, applying the state Freedom of Information Act to the governor and legislators, reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture system to protect private property from being seized by police unless a criminal conviction has occurred, banning dismemberment abortions in which a prenatal child is cut into pieces before being removed from its mother’s womb, allowing nurses certified in other states to practice in Michigan (and vice versa), requiring able-bodied recipients of taxpayer-financed Medicaid health insurance to hold a job or perform community service, prohibiting individuals who test positive for COVID from being placed in nursing homes and requiring the governor’s office to make public the number of COVID-related deaths that have occurred in such facilities, reestablishing legislative oversight over the governor’s unilateral economic shutdown orders during the pandemic, and addressing Michigan’s teacher shortage by allowing school districts greater flexibility to hire the teachers they believe are best qualified.
Glenn voted against ACU’s position on seven of the bills voted on in 2020. She voted to continue exempting rooftop solar energy systems from a home’s assessed property valuation, in favor of appropriating $15 million toward subsidized government loans to farm operations damaged by environment- or weather-related incidents, in favor of creating a marketing commission funded by propane dealers to promote propane use, in favor of appropriating $30 million to community colleges and adult job-training programs, against allowing pay-day lenders and pawn shops to increase the interest rates they charged during the pandemic, and in favor of a tax credit to reduce state taxes collected from individuals who make contributions to non-profit community foundations such as the Midland Area Community Foundation.
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