Joe Negron takes a hit in latest Associated Industries rankings

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When Associated Industries of Florida issued its annual rankings of legislative voting records this week, the list showed few surprises: Almost all Republicans topped 90 percent, while most Democrats were slightly less business-friendly.

But down near the bottom of the list of senators was a big name: Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican who could become Senate president in 2016.

AIF, which says it analyzes votes on bills that have a “major impact on Florida businesses,” listed Negron as voting with it 83 percent of the time. That was fourth-lowest among all senators and substantially below the next-closest Republican, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami, who was at 90 percent.

The only senators who scored lower than Negron were Miami Gardens Democrat Oscar Brayon, 80 percent; Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens, 79 percent; and Tampa Democrat Arthenia Joyner, 76 percent.

While AIF looks at numerous bills, it had a notable difference during the session with Negron about a measure he sponsored that would have eliminated an insurance-industry tax break to pay for reduced vehicle-registration fees. That bill ultimately died in the House.

Here is a link to the AIF report.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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