Monday, May 21, 2012
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released its 2012 Legislative Scorecard on Monday. The scorecard reflects an overall grade on how House and Senate members voted during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions on business-friendly measures.
“For Georgia businesses to create jobs and effectively compete in today’s global economy, they need strong voices at the Gold Dome willing to protect and expand Georgia’s pro-business climate,” said Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark. “The 2012 scorecard highlights a tremendous amount of bipartisan support for the business community – lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fighting to keep Georgia competitive and truly championing the needs of businesses across our state. “
For 2012, the Georgia Chamber identified key pieces of legislation critical to the business community for lawmakers to be scored on in policy areas including education, judiciary, and economic development. Prior to votes being taken, the Chamber communicated its position to members of the General Assembly as well as the fact that the bills were eligible to be designated as “scorecard issues.”
Legislators were assigned final grades of A, B, C, or U based on their support of the scorecard bills from 2012, and House and Senate members in office during the 2011 General Assembly had last year’s “midterm” grade combined to result in an overall grade for the two-year term. To receive a grade in either year, the legislator must have been present to vote for 50% of the total scorecard votes. If the legislator was not present for 50% of the votes, they received an ‘N/A’ grade. For some legislators, subjective factors – including but not limited to bill sponsorship, speaking for or against bills and committee votes – were taken into account.
To view and download the complete 2012 Georgia Chamber Scorecard, please CLICK HERE.