State legislators have received their grades from the Indiana Chamber on their performance during the 2015 General Assembly. The numbers, released in the annual Legislative Vote Analysis, are based on voting records on pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation.
The 2015 scores were wide-ranging, from 36% to 100%. There were a total of nine perfect marks – all in the House, which is the exact opposite of last year when 10 senators were atop the list.
“We saw a greater spread in scores this year, even among those in the same party. That’s a testament to the nature of the public policy being introduced and debated, as well as the changing demographics in the Legislature,” states Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.
New this year, the Indiana Chamber added a secondary leadership element to the scoring metrics: significant, tangible actions by committee chairs as well as bill authors and sponsors.
For more than a third of the legislators, this meant a “slight adjustment to the base voting scores and, we believe, represents a more accurate picture of their overall performance,” Brinegar says.
For 18 legislators who went the extra mile, they earned a star designation for overall leadership or their significant efforts on issues deemed of critical importance.
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