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Area lawmakers make the grade in Fla. Chamber of Commerce annual report card


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Fifteen Tampa Bay legislators, all Republicans, have earned “A”s from the Florida Chamber of Commerce on its 2014 Legislative Report Card.

The grades, announced Thursday, reflect votes “to make Florida more competitive and in support of the priority jobs issues” favored by the Chamber, according to a news release.

Top grades in our area went to:

• Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg

• Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton

• Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon

• Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz

• Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trinity

• Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole

• Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes

• Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa

• Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater

• Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena

• Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia

• Rep. Daniel Raulerson, R-Plant City

• Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover

• House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel

• Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa

Nearly 56 percent of state lawmakers earned an “A” after the Chamber tabulated more than 6,000 votes cast during the 2014 legislative session, which ended May 2.

The report card is “an annual opportunity to honor and recognize members of the Florida Legislature who placed making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation above special interests attempts to protect the status quo,” the release said.

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