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Florida Chamber: Sen. Kathleen Passidomo Is 2018 Most Valuable Legislator

April 12, 2018 - 10:00am

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has named Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, the 2018 Most Valuable Legislator (MVL), for her commitment to securing Florida’s future. The announcement and presentation of the MVL was made during the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors Thursday morning meeting taking place in Palm Bay.

The Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator award is the business community’s premier legislative award honoring a single lawmaker for his or her outstanding legislative leadership and willingness to take a stand for free enterprise. 

“Early during the 2018 legislative process, the Florida Chamber encouraged lawmakers to lower the cost of living, lower the cost of doing business and move Florida forward by putting long-solutions ahead of short-term politics,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Chamber. “The Florida Chamber applauds Senator Kathleen Passidomo for her hard work and leadership on behalf of Florida’s families and businesses.”

A small-business woman, Sen. Passidomo has long been a fearless and effective partner in the Florida Chamber’s fight for free enterprise, says the Chamber in its press statement. As the torch bearer of multiple Florida Chamber-backed priorities this session, she attracted bipartisan support for pro-jobs legislation, took well-funded special interests head-on for Florida’s future job creators, and successfully sought to keep Florida’s dismal, bottom-five legal climate from getting worse. Florida needs more public servants who wake up every day thinking about how to make Florida more competitive—regardless of the opponent or political consequences.

“I am truly humbled to be recognized by the Florida Chamber of Commerce as their 2018 Most Valuable Legislator,” said Passidomo in accepting the award. “It is an incredible honor to receive this prestigious award. Legislative change doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes hard work, perseverance and collaborative effort. Working together with the Florida Chamber team, we have been able to advance policies that will have a lasting positive effect on Florida’s families and our business community.”

Previous recipients of the Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator award include: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (2016), House Speaker Will Weatherford (2014), Rep. Larry Metz (2013), House Speaker Dean Cannon (2012), Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (2011), Sen. John Thrasher (2010), Sen. Garrett Richter (2009), Rep. Dennis Ross (2008), Rep. Stan Mayfield (2007), Rep. Don Brown (2006) and House Speaker Allan Bense (2005).

Also Thursday morning, the Florida Chamber released its annual publication How They Voted -- which provides the grades for all 155 legislators so business leaders can see who voted for or against job creation and economic growth.

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Chambers of Commerce (like "Bar Associations") all over this country, regularly present self-serving annual "awards & plaques" to their members to display on their office walls to impress...EXACTLY WHO?!?!? (WHY OTHER "members" of those "very same organizations", of course !) [Aren't purposfull, self-serving pseudo-"brotherhoods" a 'bit much', you ask? Kinda like "weather forecastors".. always there, but impossible to be held to higher standards..]

It seems I see YOUR negative comments on quite a few issues - makes it quite obvious that you are a sour & bitter Leftist.

I would like to congratulate Senator Passidomo in the recognition she received from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. I would like to personally thank Senator Passidomo for her support for the bi-partisan HB 631 with Representative Edwards from Miami. This bill, that protects private property rights as our State and Federal Constitutions require was overdue. The Bill is getting coverage by the media, that is misleading. The media is making it out to be a bill that is taking something away from the public. In reality, it is a bill that not only protects the publics access to the portion of the beach seaward of the mean high water line, but a bill that also protects private property rights of the property owner. Both the public access to the State Sovereign land and the back yards of beachfront property owners are protected under our State and Federal Constitutions. Everyone who owns property in Florida, whether on a beach or in a subdivision or in a gated community, expect their representatives to protect all of the private property rights for all Florida residents, not just for some of them. That is why HB 631 was supported by both parties and passed overwhelmingly and signed by Governor without hesitation. Thank you Senator Passidomo and congratulations.

What kind of future, Florida? This is what our upcoming election is all about. Naples is not Florida.

Pay attention to Florida news and you will KNOW. Ignorance thrives in every city, not just Naples.

I BELIEVE AS FLORIDIANS AND FUTURE FLORIDIANS THAT FLORIDA SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD IN EVERYTHING, WE SHOULD NEVER SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST, OR LET THINGS GO TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET, LIKE SOME PLACES DO. FLORIDA SHOULD SPARKEL THROUGHOUT THE NATION, AND KICK SOME PLACES IN THEIR REAR ENDS, AND TELL THEM TO STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT. TAKE THIS ANYWAY YOU WANT, BUT THERE IS NO REASON FOR DECAY, UNLESS THE DEMOGRAPHICS ALLOW THIS. BEST WISHES TO THIS LADY AND MAY FLORIDA STAY PRISTINE.

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