Florida Chamber names awards the state's premier legislative award, the Florida Chamber's Most Valuable Legislator, to Representative Larry Metz.
Florida Chamber names awards the state's premier legislative award, the Florida Chamber's Most Valuable Legislator, to Representative Larry Metz.

How They Voted

Where Legislators Stood on the Florida Business Agenda

While Washington remains stuck in neutral, Florida continues to provide leadership that will help businesses and families by championing free enterprise and private-sector job growth. Again this session, the Florida Chamber led the fight for free enterprise by focusing on making Florida more competitive. Florida will soon pass New York to become the third largest state in the nation, and four out of five jobs will come from small businesses by 2020. The Florida Chamber’s long-term focus on economic prosperity keeps us laser focused on making Florida more competitive now and in the future.

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Against the well-funded objections of plaintiff trial lawyers, we worked to improve Florida’s 41st worst legal climate by eliminating junk science from our courtrooms.We championed removing a burdensome manufacturing tax policy to put Florida in the driver’s seat to increase high-wage jobs and increase Florida-origin exports and, of course, we continued to reform our education system despite union pressures.We helped Florida take steps toward reforming property insurance and toward expanding important public- and private-sector infrastructure related economic opportunities.

While we passed more than 25 Florida Chamber-backed bills, there is still more work to be done. The legislature delayed action on fixing systemic issues like the costly pension crisis, choices for parents in failing schools, additional lawsuit reform, closing the Internet sales tax loophole, and reforming Florida’s health care environment. The Florida Chamber’s How They Voted includes:

  • The Florida Chamber’s Business Agenda Report
  • The Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator Award
  • The Florida Chamber’s Annual Legislative Report Card

Governor Rick Scott has already signed many Florida Chamber-backed bills into law, and we are hopeful he will maintain his perfect batting average by signing the remainder into law.

The Chamber’s Policy Council is already working on unfinished business in preparation for the 2014 Agenda for Jobs, and the Florida Chamber’s Political Operations is evaluating each legislator’s report card grade, interviewing nearly every House and Senate candidate and fundraising to elect pro-business candidates.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank you for your continued support and leadership. With your strong commitment, the fight for free enterprise goes on.

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