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The Research Institute for Economic Development gives passing grades to most Oklahoma lawmakers

Fourteen legislators received perfect scores for their votes during the 2014 session.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 13, 2014
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Fourteen state lawmakers, all Republicans, received perfect scores for their votes during the just-ended legislative session from a pro-business organization.

The Research Institute for Economic Development evaluated legislators’ votes on 19 bills that the group identified as dealing with job creation and economic development.

“While there were a wide variety of business and non-business issues debated during the 2014 legislative session, economic development, business initiatives and job creation once again remained a key focus for lawmakers,” institute President Susan Winchester said.

“Legislative members from across the state know the importance of creating a business environment that will attract new industry while providing growth opportunities and less regulation to our existing businesses,” she said.

Proactive legislature

During the 2014 session, 88 of the 149 legislative members received passing scores of 70 or higher including 31 Senate members (65 percent) and 57 House members (56 percent). Overall, 59 percent of the total legislative membership scored 70 or higher.

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