Associated Industries of Florida announces “2014 Voting Records” report

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In the continuing analysis of the 2014 legislative session, the Associated Industries of Florida released its annual “Voting Records” report.

The purpose of the 2014 ranking is to give employers a yardstick to gauge state legislators on their voting records on bills affecting businesses.

“We’re pleased to announce that the business community fared well during the 2014 Legislative Session according to our 2014 Voting Records that indicate the Florida Senate voted in favor of the business community 86 percent of the time, while the Florida House of Representatives voted favorably 89 percent of the time,” said AIF President/CEO Tom Feeney.  “We are also pleased to report that Senate and House Democrats also increased their favorable voting records, which will undoubtedly allow for greater growth and will spur our economy in the great State of Florida.”

At the top of the list are a total of 10 Senators who voted along the AIF agenda at or more than 90 percent of the time, led by Sen. David Simmons of Senate District 10 with 92%.

Among the top ten Senators are Republicans Jeff Brandes, Jack Latvala, John Thrasher, Kelli Stargel, Charles Dean, Maria Sachs and Andy Gardiner.

Of the 68 high scoring House members, 19 have a perfect voting record in 2014, including Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford and Reps. Ritch Workman, Cary Pigman, Heather Fitzenhagen and Seth Mc Keel.

For nearly four decades, AIF has published its Voting Records – the legislative scorecard for the business community, which calculated the voting histories on 778 legislators, with 197,120 votes on 1,779 bills.

 “AIF remains committed to working with our policymakers to continue to make Florida a more attractive place to do business, and we’re happy with this year’s progress in terms of improving Florida’s business and legal climate,” said Feeney.  “From a large state budget surplus to major tax credits and many business-friendly bills passing this session, the future for Florida businesses and families in Florida is looking bright.  It takes a village with a strong voice, and we’re excited to continue to be a leader for our business community and its initiatives before the Florida Legislature.”

In addition to the Voting Records, AIF will soon be announcing the 2014 Champion for Business Awards, to recognize those elected officials who they feel have “proven to be strong and forceful advocates for Florida business.”

For more information on AIF, please visit and follow @VoiceofFLBiz.

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