2017 Distinguished Advocates

 

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The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate Award recognizes lawmakers who championed key Florida Business Agenda legislation. The award is designed to acknowledge legislators who ensure consideration of the business community’s legislative priorities and who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation.

“We’re pleased to recognize members of the Florida Legislature with Distinguished Advocate awards who had the courage to put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interest,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The 16 members of the Florida Legislature honored with a 2017 Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate Award include:

 

FLORIDA SENATE

Senator Jeff Brandes

Passed ridesharing and autonomous vehicle legislation that welcomes innovation and helps make Florida’s transportation system more modern, efficient and competitive.

 

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Senator Jack Latvala

Fought for proven investments in economic development and tourism marketing, took a stand against repealing the Insurance Premium Tax Credit, and combated the trial lawyer agenda as the lone vote against prejudgment interest legislation in committee.

 

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Senator Bill Montford

Worked side-by-side with the Florida Chamber to strengthen Florida’s accountability system and ensure students remain prepared to compete in the workforce.

 

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Senator Keith Perry

Passed legislation that would shield injured workers’ private personal information from trial lawyers in workers’ comp cases.

 

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Senator Kelli Stargel

Showed leadership in advocating for the Florida Chamber’s education and tax priorities.

 

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FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Representative Ben Albritton

Fought to keep injured workers’ personal information private for workers’ comp claims.

 

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Representative Michael Bileca

Fought for continued improvements to Florida’s world-class educational systems.

 

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Representative Jim Boyd

Led efforts to reduce the business rent tax and offer other tax relief for Florida families and businesses.

 

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Representative Danny Burgess

Led the charge for major workers’ compensation reforms, one of the Florida Chamber’s top priorities.

 

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Representative Manny Diaz

Remained committed to students and teachers in Florida by advocating for a more flexible and accountable education environment that puts students first.

 

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Representative Jay Fant

Fought the trial lawyer agenda on everything from prejudgment interest to workers’ comp to accuracy in damages this legislative session. He also supported funding economic development issues and tourism marketing.

 

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Representative James Grant

Worked to reduce Assignment of Benefits abuse, which is driving up property insurance rates for Floridians.

 

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Representative Mike La Rosa

Led the House’s efforts to protect Florida’s family-friendly brand from the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling, and passed legislation that will help bring faster digital connections to all Floridians.

 

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Representative Tom Leek

Pushed for reforms to Florida’s bottom-10 legal environment by passing legislation to slow down drive-by lawsuit abuse.

 

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Representative Scott Plakon

Fought against union leaders and for the rights of government workers by pursuing transparency in the collective bargaining process.

 

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Representative Chris Sprowls

 

Championed providing a consistent regulatory framework for innovative ridesharing technologies demanded by Floridians and visitors.

 

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