The Florida Chamber of Commerce has announced its selections for its Distinguished Advocate award winners this week alongside its legislative report card for the 2016 legislative session.
The chamber recognized 14 members of the state legislature who had provided support for legislation in support of the economic performance and business environment within the state.
“Early during the 2016 legislative process, the Florida Chamber encouraged lawmakers to focus on measures that would put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short-term politics,” Chamber president and CEO Mark Wilson said. “The Florida Chamber is pleased to present the Distinguished Advocate awards to lawmakers who have the courage to put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interests.”
This award was granted to five state senators and nine representatives. The chamber noted that 30 senators earned an A during the 2016 legislative session, an increase of 10 individuals, and 80 representatives received the same score level, up from 61 state representative in 2015.
The chamber also cited improvements on its annual legislative report card. Measures that had been passed included water policy based on scientific research, $400 million in tax relief, and reforms in education to facilitate globally competitive members of the workforce.
The lawmakers honored include senators Aaron Bean, Dorothy Hukill, Garrett Richter, Wilton Simpson, and Kelli Stargel, and representatives Jim Boyd, Matt Caldwell, Manny Diaz, Jr., Jay Fant, Erik Fresen, Matt Gaetz, Ed Narain, Kathleen Passidomo, and Lake Ray.
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