Florida Chamber of Commerce Releases 2019 Legislative Report Card
By: Edie Ousley
98 Lawmakers Earn A’s and B’s; 59 Earn C’s, D’s, and F’s
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 21, 2019) – Ninety-eight members of the Florida Legislature earned A’s or B’s on the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Legislative Report Card, and helped lower the cost of living and cost of doing business on families and job creators, while also preparing for future growth and protecting Florida’s constitution, the state’s leading voice of business and largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and business association partners announced today.
Many lawmakers earned higher grades this legislative session with their renewed focus on important competitiveness issues like:
- Property insurance, lawsuit abuse, regulatory and targeted tax reforms,
- Innovations in healthcare, and high-quality workforce education and apprenticeship programs, and
- Key smart growth issues like transportation, energy grid hardening, and autonomous and innovations.
The Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card is an annual opportunity to recognize members of the Florida Legislature who placed making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation, above special interests and their attempts to protect the status quo.
After tabulating more than 4,000 votes cast during the 2019 Legislative Session, data shows:
- 98 lawmakers earned an A or B; 59 lawmakers earned a C, D or F.
- Average GPA for both legislative chambers was 79.37 percent.
- Senate GPA was 84.59 percent, up from 74 percent in 2018.
- House GPA was 77.59 percent, down slightly from 79 percent in 2018.
“We believe in transparency and accountability, and the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card is a fantastic tool for families, small businesses, taxpayers and voters to know if their elected officials voted in support of lowering the cost of living and reducing the cost of doing business, while also preparing for Florida’s future,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The Florida Chamber’s legislative grading process is both transparent and accountable.
- The Florida Business Agenda (FBA) was announced during a news conference prior to the 2019 Legislative Session which was attended by bicameral members of the legislature, and dozens of leaders from throughout Florida’s business community.
- The Florida Business Agenda, outlined in Where We Stand, was hand delivered and mailed to each member of the Florida Legislature.
- Florida Chamber leadership met with numerous newspaper editorial boards, and legislators and staff in advance of session.
- Most importantly, prior to each vote graded on the report card, a “Your Vote Matters” letter outlining the pro-business position and the Florida Chamber’s intent to score the vote was transmitted to voting members of the legislature – in total, about 4,000 scored votes letters were transmitted in advance.
The Florida Chamber will soon announce 2019 legislative awards, including Distinguished Advocates and the Florida Chamber’s premier legislative award, the Most Valuable Legislator award. Past winners can be found here.
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