Note: Seven senators and six representatives — House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey among them — get perfect ratings from the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its “scorecard” for state legislator voting in the 108th General Assembly. Skimming the scorecard, it appears that several others would have made the chamber’s perfection list had they not voted for a bill delaying testing based on Common Core standards for a year — an idea the chamber opposed.
News release from Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
Nashville, TENN. – The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry today released its legislative vote results for the 108th General Assembly. The comprehensive analysis is based on a number of important legislative initiatives focused on by the Tennessee Chamber. The vote analysis is Tennessee’s most comprehensive business issue vote guide for the business community and is released state-wide at the conclusion of each 2 year general assembly session. The Tennessee Chamber Board of Directors would like to recognize our legislature and the significant wins the Tennessee Chamber had on a number of important issues that were passed into law and other proposed legislation defeated that would have harmed our business climate.
“The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce acknowledges and greatly appreciates the commitment this collection of legislators have taken towards encouraging the growth of businesses and free enterprise throughout the state of Tennessee,” said Catherine Glover, president of the Tennessee Chamber.
The Tennessee Chamber takes exceptional pride in recognizing members of the House and Senate with 100% voter scores during the 108th General Assembly, as featured below:
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-District 4)
Janice Bowling (R-District 16)
Steven Dickerson (R-District 20)
Ferrell Haile (R-District 18)
Bill Ketron (R-District 13)
Randy McNally (R-District 5)
John Stephens (R-District 24)
Speaker Beth Harwell (R-District 56)
John Forgety (R-District 23)
Ryan A. Haynes (R-District 14)
Curtis G. Johnson (R-District 68)
Ron Travis (R-District 31)
Mark White (R-District 83)
“We are proud to recognize our General Assembly and share with the business community our Tennessee Chamber key issue vote results. This is one of or key functions as we advocate for pro-business policy at the State Capitol showing the business community how legislators perform on a number of important issues,” said Bradley Jackson, vice president for the Tennessee Chamber Government affairs program.
For 2013-14, the Chamber focused on a number of important issues. Attached are the 108th House and Senate Final Vote Charts as well a descriptions for key votes. A full report can be viewed at http://tnchamber.org/legislative-agenda/ and will also be released in the upcoming Tennessee Chamber publication, Business Insider.
Note: A spreadsheet of House scorecard can be viewed by clicking on this link: chamberhousescorecard
A spreadsheet of the Senate scorecard can be viewed by clicking on this link: chamberSenatescorecard