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Chamber of Commerce ranks state legislators on business-friendliness
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By Chelyen Davis
Interest groups regularly rank state lawmakers on how friendly those lawmakers are to the group's favored issues.
Last week it was the state Chamber of Commerce's turn. The group issued a report card on how legislators voted on business-related legislation during the 2012 General Assembly session.
Not surprisingly, the Fredericksburg region's legislators--all but one of whom are Republicans--fared well.
State Sens. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, and Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, each got an A from the Chamber. The group also gave Reeves, a freshman senator, an "economic competitiveness award" for sponsoring a bill to extend the major business facility job tax credit.
Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa, also got an A. Sen. Toddy Puller, D-Fairfax, got a B, but also a special nod for legislation to promote health care reform and tracking.
Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, had a 100 percent rating, meaning he voted with the Chamber on all the bills the group tracked and scored.
All of the region's other delegates got A's.
Chelyen Davis: 540/368-5028