“The Georgia chamber commends members of the general assembly for their broad-based support from both sides of the aisle to enact legislation that enhances our state’s competitiveness,” chamber president and CEO Chris Clark said in a statement.
Chamber members assigned scorecard status to eight House and Senate bills – HB 176, 958, 643, 714, 809 and 697 and SB 125 and 213 – concerning economic development, legal reform, business and industry, environment and energy, and education.
Legislators were assigned final grades of A, B, C, or U – for Unsatisfactory, or below 70 – based on their votes for each scorecard bill.
District 17 State Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-Locust Grove, and District 73 State Rep. John Yates, R-Griffin, earned A+ final grades.
So did District 109 State Rep. Dale Rutledge, District 110 State Rep. Andy Welch, and District 111 State Rep. Brian Strickland, all R-McDonough.
Welch co-sponsored HB 643, the Georgia Civil Practice Act, which was tabled in the Senate and did not pass into law.
Jeffares co-sponsored SB 213, the Flint River Drought Protection Act.
District 10 State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, earned an A.
District 78 State Rep. Demetrius Douglas, D-Stockbridge, earned a B+ final grade.
District 76 State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, earned a B.
“It is an honor to receive such a high distinction from the Georgia Chamber,” Jeffares said in a statement.
“Georgia’s long-term economic success is largely dependent on policies that enhance our competitive business climate and provide jobs for Georgians statewide.”