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Florida Chamber of Commerce Unveils 2024 Legislative Report Card and Distinguished Advocate Award Recipients

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Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2024 Legislative Report Card, showcasing grades earned by all 160 legislators in the Florida House and Senate based on their votes during the 2024 Legislative Session, and also awarded 15 Legislators the 2024 Distinguished Advocate Award.

“Florida currently has a $1.62 trillion economy and is continuing to grow and diversify,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson. “I want to thank Governor Ron DeSantis, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, Speaker Paul Renner and the pro-jobs legislators who continued to put Florida’s business climate first by prioritizing the growth of private sector jobs and diversifying our economy.”

DISTINGUISHED ADVOCATE AWARD:

The Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate Award recognizes lawmakers who ensured consideration of the business community’s legislative priorities and fought tirelessly for the passage of a Chamber-backed policy or a priority piece of pro-jobs legislation.

2024 Distinguished Advocate Award Recipients:

House Speaker Paul Renner
Representative Jennifer Canady
Representative Tiffany Esposito
Representative Sam Garrison
Representative Mike Giallombardo
Representative Jason Shoaf
Representative John Temple
Representative Dana Trabulsy
Senate President Kathleen Passidomo
Senator Jim Boyd
Senator Colleen Burton
Senator Nick DiCeglie
Senator Erin Grall
Senator Jay Trumbull
Senator Clay Yarborough

For a full description of the leadership each legislator exhibited to earn the Distinguished Advocate Award, click here.

REPORT CARD:

The Florida Chamber’s 2024 Legislative Report Card is an annual opportunity to recognize members of the Florida Legislature who placed making Florida more competitive through their support for free enterprise over special interests and attempts to protect the status quo. The Report Card also lets Florida families, local businesses, taxpayers and voters know who voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger, more diversified economy.

After tabulating more than 5,700 votes cast during the 2024 Legislative Session, the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card shows:

  • Average GPA for both legislative chambers was 87 percent
  • Average Senate GPA was 89 percent
  • Average House GPA was 86 percent

Lawmakers who earned high grades this legislative session focused on important competitiveness issues such as those outlined in our end-of-session recap, which can be found here.

GRADES ARE EARNED USING A TRANSPARENT GRADING PROCESS:

  • The Florida Chamber’s legislative grading process is both transparent and accountable.
  • The Florida Business Agenda (FBA) was announced in concert with the opening of the 2024 Legislative Session.
  • The Florida Business Agenda, outlined in the Chamber’s annual Where We Stand publication was delivered to each member of the Florida Legislature in advance of voting.
  • Florida Chamber leadership raised awareness of the legislative agenda through meetings with numerous media, legislators and staff in advance of session, during the interim committee weeks, and over the nine-week legislative session.
  • Most importantly, prior to each vote graded on the Report Card, a “Your Vote Matters” letter outlining the pro-business position and the Florida Chamber’s intent to score the vote was transmitted to voting members of the legislature.

To see the grades received by each of Florida’s 160 Legislators following the 2024 Legislative Session, visit https://reportcard.flchamber.com/.

The Florida Chamber will soon release its annual How They Voted publication, which in addition to legislator grades and awards, will include a full recap of what passed, what was defeated, and what remains unfinished business following the 2024 Legislative Session.

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State Attorney Andrew Warren Announces New Wave of Endorsements from Esteemed Legislators and Elected Leaders

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Tampa, FL – State Attorney Andrew Warren’s re-election campaign is proud to announce another significant round of endorsements from distinguished current and former legislators and elected leaders. This new wave of support highlights the broad and diverse coalition rallying behind Andrew Warren’s leadership and vision to make Hillsborough County safer, fight for victims, and improve the criminal justice system.

Among those endorsing State Attorney Warren are:

  • Hon. Betty Castor, Former Florida Commissioner of Education and State Senator

  • Hon. Pat Frank, Former State Senator and Hillsborough Clerk of Courts

  • Hon. Les Miller, Former State Senator and Hillsborough County Commissioner

  • Hon. E.J. Salcines, Former State Attorney and Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal

  • Hon. Rod Smith, Former State Attorney and State Senator

  • Rep. Dianne Hart, Florida House of Representatives

  • Rep. Susan Valdes, Florida House of Representatives

  • Hon. Ben Diamond, Former State Representative

  • Hon. Adam Hattersley, Former State Representative

  • Hon. Ed Narain, Former State Representative

  • Hon. Sean Shaw, Former State Representative and Insurance Consumer Advocate

Reflecting on his achievements and the collaborative efforts that have driven his office’s success, Warren stated, “I’m incredibly honored to have the support of so many distinguished public servants. They know I’ll reverse the alarming increase in crime over the past two years and make Hillsborough safer—just as I did before.”

During Warren’s time in office, crime dropped 32%, making Hillsborough the safest large county in Florida. Under Warren’s leadership, the State Attorney’s Office launched several groundbreaking initiatives that made our neighborhoods safer and protected victims, including:

  • Disarming Domestic Abusers, in which the State Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecuted domestic abusers to take guns from them and protect survivors of domestic violence.

  • The Victims’ Rights Amendment, a constitutional amendment that Warren championed and ultimately was passed by voters across Florida to protect the rights of crime victims.

  • The Conviction Review Unit, which exonerated an innocent man wrongfully incarcerated for 37 years and charged the actual perpetrators who had committed a spree of murders in the 1980s.

This announcement follows a haul of more than $210,000 raised during his first 45 days on the campaign trail and the endorsements received from Tampa Bay regional political leaders.

First elected in 2016 by defeating a 16-year incumbent, State Attorney Warren is seeking re-election to a third term as State Attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida. Warren, a Democrat, points to his proven record of reduced crime, increased public safety, and improvements to the justice system. Warren is a former federal prosecutor and a champion of effective criminal justice policy, focused on balancing punishment, accountability, prevention, and rehabilitation to maximize public safety.

For more information about the campaign, please visit AndrewWarrenFL.com

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Endorses Gayle Harrell for Senate District 31

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STUART – Governor Ron DeSantis today endorsed Gayle Harrell for Senate District 31. Harrell currently represents the Treasure Coast district, which includes Martin County and parts of Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties.
“Governor Ron DeSantis has admirably led our great state through a global pandemic, devastating storms and Joe Biden’s disastrous economy. I am proud of the work we have done together to keep Florida free, and honored to have our great Governor’s endorsement,” said Harrell.”

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Puts Rick Scott “On The Spot”

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Puts Rick Scott “On The Spot”

Today, the Debbie for Florida campaign launched the “Rick Scott For Leader” website, highlighting Rick Scott’s toxic record and the extremist policies he would push as Senate GOP leader: passing a national abortion ban, slashing Social Security and Medicare, ripping away affordable health care, and raising taxes on middle-class families in Florida and across the country – all while lining his own pockets.

Politico Playbook: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Website Puts Rick Scott “On The Spot Over Key Issues”

  • Democratic Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign purchased the ScottforLeader.com domain to parody incumbent GOP Sen. Rick Scott, where it links off to negative articles about the senator and puts him on the spot over key issues, including abortion rights and opposition to Medicaid expansion.
  • The campaign is hosting an accompanying event in Miami today where Mucarsel-Powell will sign a pledge to never cut Social Security and Medicare.

Florida Politics: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Launches Website Mocking Rick Scott Senate Leadership Bid

  • The site lampoons the Senator’s own campaign site in many ways, with fake quotes that parody Scott’s own positions.
  • “Hardworking families in Florida and across the nation know just how catastrophic Rick Scott would be as Senate GOP leader,” said Campaign Manager Ben Waldon.
  • “For years, radical Rick has pushed extreme abortion bans, put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block, and advocated to raise taxes on the middle-class. We cannot afford to let this extremism win. It’s never been more important for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to win this race: for working Floridians and for Americans across the country.”
  • “I’ve always been a proud champion of stripping women of their reproductive freedoms. I have proudly pledged to sign any anti-abortion bill into law as leader of the Senate,” the Scott persona claims on the mocking website.
  • “In the Senate, I’ll fight to raise taxes on middle class Americans while pushing for policies that will increase my own personal wealth,” reads another such quote.

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