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Fla. Chamber releases 2013 Legislative Report Card

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fl legislatureThe Florida Chamber has released their 2013 Legislative Report Card listing grades earned by all members of the Fla. House and Senate during the recent legislative session.

“Business leaders and voters deserve to know their legislators are voting in support of private sector jobs and a stronger economy,” David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber said. “The Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card gives job creators and voters the information they need to make informed decision on who they will support in the future.”

While both presiding officers, President Don Gaetz in the Senate and Speaker Will Weatherford in the House, earned a 100 – “A”, the overall grade point average for all lawmakers was 83 percent, or a “B”. Twenty senators earned an “A” – up from 17 in 2012, but 73 representatives earned an “A” – down from 79 last year.

The Chamber encouraged lawmakers to focus on “making Florida’s business climate more competitive and lowering the cost of living for Florida’s families and small businesses.” Nearly 10 percent of all bills passed this session were backed by the Chamber and included pro-jobs, pro-business issues.

The Chamber noted that 1,848 bills were filed, and 286 of them passed both chambers. To date, Governor Rick Scott has signed all 53 Florida Chamber-backed bills into law.

Read the Florida Chamber’s 2013 Legislative Report Card here.



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