Business group grades lawmakers' votes
From the Associated Industries of Florida's annual voting record report:
Leading the Senate was Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) with 96 percent of his votes in favor of pro-business legislation. Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) ranked highest among Democratic Senators with an 84 percent voting record. For the second year in a row, Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) was the lowest ranking Democrat. Her AIF voting record for 2010 was only 66 percent. The lowest ranking Republican was Sen. Alex Villalobos (R-Miami) with a 67 percent voting record.
Five Republican House members topped the chart this year each scoring near perfect scores of 99 percent by only voting once against the AIF agenda – Rep. Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park), Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island), Rep. Carl Domino (R-Juno Beach), Rep. William Snyder (R-Stuart) and Rep. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland). The top scoring Democrat in the House was Rep. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) with a score of 74 percent while Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) earned the lowest overall score at 46 percent, 120th out of 120 House members. The lowest-scoring Republican was Rep. Julio Robaina (R-Miami) with a 69 percent pro-business voting record.