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Montana Chamber Releases Legislative Scorecard

June 24, 2009View for printing

Shows “Business Scores” for all Legislators and the Governor

Today the Montana Chamber of Commerce released its 2009 Voting Review of the 61st Legislative Session. The review is the most comprehensive look at the business and economic issues addressed during the 90-day session. Over 100 bills are included in the scorecard, which received national recognition for its scoring methodology after the 2007 session.

“The Montana Chamber Voter Review is a great resource for the businesses and voters in Montana,” said Montana Chamber President/CEO Webb Brown, “it gives the most accurate look at who is pro-business and who is not. We have pioneered a new way to look at legislative work, and many states are following suit.”

The Montana Chamber looked not just at floor votes, but also committee votes and bill sponsorship. This holistic approach has given the most comprehensive look at business issues ranging from work comp to health care to taxes. Legislators were notified of the Montana Chamber position before key votes. The Business Scores for legislators ranged all the way from 0% to 100%.

The Governor was judged on his signing or vetoing of bills, committee action, and bills that originated from his departments and agencies. The Governor’s Business Score was 31%.

“By considering factors beyond floor votes and bill signings, we have been able to more accurately score an individual lawmaker’s philosophy on business, government regulation, and job creation,” said Brown.

To view the Montana Chamber Voting Review, please click here: http://www.montanachamber.com/What_W ... ting_Review

For more information, contact Jon Bennion, Government Relations Director of the Montana Chamber at webb@montanachamber.com or 406-697-0568.

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Webb Scott Brown, CAE, President/CEO

Montana Chamber of Commerce - your business advocate

incl.: MT Chamber Foundation (Governors’ Cup and High School Business Challenge)

MT Justice Coalition, MT Manufacturing Council, and MT Assn. of Chamber Executives

900 Gibbon St / PO Box 1730

Helena, Montana 59624-1730

406-442-2405 ext. 101 / 406-442-2409 fax / 406-431-9508 cell

http://www.montanachamber.com / webb@montanachamber.com

also:

Montana Chamber Choices health insurance http://www.chamberchoices.com

Montana Chamber blog http://www.montanamainstreetblog.typepad.com

http://www.montanasafetychoices.com (work comp program)
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