Florida Chamber Names Representative Jay Trumbull a 2018 Distinguished Advocate
The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Representative Jay Trumbull has been named a Florida Chamber 2018 Distinguished Advocate for his commitment to championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.
“The Florida Chamber thanks Representative Jay Trumbull for working to lower the cost of living and the cost of doing business in Florida,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Representative Jay Trumbull sponsored Florida Chamber-backed legislation that will help lower the cost of property insurance on Florida homeowner, while also tackling reforms to abuses with Assignment of Benefits.”
The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation – no matter how difficult – and furthered the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development.
“Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott and the Florida House, we are making our state and Bay County the world’s top business destination. Lower taxes and reduced regulation works. Our small businesses are succeeding, and our economy is stronger than ever before. An important partner in this effort has been the Florida Chamber of Commerce; they are an invaluable resource in recommending business-friendly policies that create jobs,” Representative Trumbull said.
To view Representative Trumbull’s complete grading and district information, click here.
Thank Rep. Trumbull for Fighting to Lower Workers’ Comp Rates
Please take a moment to thank Representative Jay Trumbull (R-Panama City) for his fight for workers’ compensation reform, and for recognizing the threat that rising attorney fees will have on Florida businesses and their employees. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has a long history of fighting to keep workers’ comp rates low, and we remain committed to getting the $1.5 billion increase in rates reduced while also ensuring employees receive the health care they need to get back to work quickly.
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Thank Representative Trumbull for championing workers’ comp reforms and fighting for Florida jobs.
Six Legislators in the Panhandle Earned an “A”
The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the actual grades earned by all members of the House and Senate on the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card. For the panhandle region, six legislators earned “A” grades:
- Sen. Greg Evers
- Rep. Doug Broxson
- Rep. Brad Drake
- Rep. Mike Hill
- Rep. Clay Ingram
- Rep. Jay Trumbull
After tabulating more than 3,384 votes cast during the 2015 regular and special legislative sessions, nearly 54 percent of state lawmakers earned an “A” (90-100) on the priority pro-jobs issues outlined in the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Business Agenda. In comparison, 3,384 actual scored votes is approximately half of the scored votes as in previous years.
The Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card is an annual opportunity to honor and recognize members of the Florida Legislature who placed making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation above special interests attempts to protect the status quo.
“Despite philosophical differences, lawmakers passed 20 Florida Chamber-backed measures during the two recent legislative sessions,” said Steve Knopik, Chair of the Florida Chamber and CEO of Beall’s, Inc. “Unfortunately, there were a number of missed opportunities, resulting in fewer votes taken on issues that could help make Florida more competitive.”
The Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card is an online tool that illuminates grades legislators earned based on their support of pro-jobs, pro-business issues during the annual legislative session.
Analytics from the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card reveal:
- 20 Senators earned an “A” – remaining steady from 2013 and 2014,
- 61 Representatives earned an “A” – down from 71 last year, and
- Grade Point Average for Representatives was 83 percent and 89 percent for Senators – down from 87 percent and up from 88.7 percent respectively last year.
The Florida Chamber will soon release How They Voted 2015, a detailed annual report summarizing the priorities of the recent legislative sessions and incorporating the 2015 Legislative Report Card.