Website lists state lawmakers’ votes on conservative legislation


LITTLE ROCK — The political arm of the Family Council launch a website Wednesday that documents how state lawmakers voted during this year’s regular legislative session on more than 20 bills of interest to the Christian conservative organization.

Bills listed on the site sponsored by the Family Council Action Committee range from abortion and human trafficking to taxation, education, carrying concealed handguns and the private option for health care expansion.

Family Council President Jerry Cox said the information is geared to social and fiscal conservatives but is available for everyone to view.

“This is reporting what they did as far as how they voted. We’re not passing judgment, whether the vote was a good one or a bad one,” Cox said. “Just because it says conservative issue on it doesn’t mean a person who is liberal couldn’t gain a lot of information.”

Cox said the bills highlighted on the website were selected by him and his staff and included legislation supported by the Family Council, as well as bills, social and fiscal, that generated interest among conservatives.

He said the information on the website is different from the Voters Guide that the Family Council publishes before legislative elections because it provides how officeholders actually voted.

“The Voters Guide asks candidates what they are going to do,” he said. “This is reporting what they did.”