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AIF Recognizes Pro-Business Legislators as Champions for Business

May 2, 2012

~Annual awards showcase Florida Legislature’s foremost business advocates~

TALLAHASSEE – Following the most business-friendly session advanced by the Florida House of Representatives since 2008, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) is proud to acknowledge the 12 Representatives and four Senators who made such a pro-business session possible through the announcement of the 2012 Champion for Business awards.

Based on statistics compiled from AIF’s 2012 Voting Records Report, the 2012 Champion for Business awards are presented to those who are dedicated to protecting and enhancing Florida’s businesses and employees. The 16 legislators honored this year have proven track records of working – sometimes on controversial issues – to create a thriving business climate in our state. While the awards will be formally presented to winners during the Champion for Business ceremony held in conjunction with AIF’s Annual Conference in September, the benefits of these legislators’ hard work will be felt much earlier.

“Businesses – big and small – are the lifeblood of our state. Florida’s economic climate depends on their health and stability. As the voice of Florida business, AIF is proud to honor pro-business legislators who made positive strides for our state with the 2012 Champion for Business awards. Each year, our award recipients embody a dedication to Florida businesses and this year was no different,” said Tom Feeney, AIF President and CEO. “The 16 legislators we honor this year were instrumental in passing policies that will protect and nurture businesses and their employees. From tax relief and deregulation to improvements in Florida’s insurance climate and water quality standards, our award winners demonstrated incredible leadership that will pave the way for Florida’s economic revival.”

View the 2012 award winners!!!

Established by AIF in 2003, the Champion for Business awards program was created to acknowledge the efforts of lawmakers who sponsored and defended pro-business bills, as well as those who worked behind-the-scenes on legislation critical to the prosperity of Florida businesses.

The 2012 Champion for Business awards were announced following the release of AIF’s annual Voting Records Report last month. AIF tracked more than 13,200 votes cast on 114 business-related bills and amendments. Members’ votes, which include committee and floor votes, are used to generate a percentage ranking of votes made in favor of pro-business legislation.

For more information on AIF’s 2012 Champion for Business award recipients and the 2012 Voting Records Report, visit www.aif.com.