Tuesday, May 29, 2012

State Rep. Matt Ramsey earns “A+” from Georgia Chamber for 2012 Session

State Representative Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) received an ‘A+’ from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for his support of pro-business measures during this year’s legislative session. Last week, the Chamber released its 2012 Legislative Scorecard, grading state lawmakers on key business votes during the 2011-2012 General Assembly.

“I am truly honored to receive this designation from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce,” said Rep. Ramsey. “The General Assembly has made good strides in recent years, but it is critical we continue our efforts to lower taxes, remove burdensome regulations on business and promote the principles of the free market in Georgia. I look forward to continuing to partner with the Georgia Chamber and its members in the years ahead to ensure Georgia has the most jobs and investment-friendly business climate in America.”

“The ‘A+’ grade given by the Georgia Chamber to State Rep. Matt Ramsey reflects an unwavering commitment to bringing jobs, investment and long-term economic growth to Georgia,” said Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark. “Without question, he is a true champion of the state’s business community. We are tremendously grateful to have such a strong voice at the capitol working to strengthen Georgia’s pro-business climate and help companies across the state effectively compete in the global marketplace.”

For 2012, the Georgia Chamber identified nine 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 and noted that those bills were eligible to be designated as “scorecard issues.”

This is the second year the Chamber has included letter grades in its report. 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 percent of the total scorecard votes. If the legislator was not present for 50 percent 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 Georgia Chamber 2011 scorecard, please click here.

Representative Matt Ramsey represents the citizens of District 72, which includes portions of Fayette County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2007, and was elected by the House Majority Caucus to serve as their Caucus Vice-Chairman in 2010. He also serves on the Appropriations, Congressional and Legislative Reapportionment, Judiciary Non-Civil, and Regulated Industries committees.

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