The Florida Chamber of Commerce honored the following Panhandle region legislators with 2014 Distinguished Advocates awards:
•Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar): Championed meaningful lawsuit abuse reform this session with his work on fair settlement legislation and reducing nursing home litigation.
•Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City): Continued to advocate for environmental regulatory reform.
The Florida Chamber presents these awards to legislators who fought for pro-jobs initiatives during the 2014 session that help make Florida’s businesses more competitive and create more economic opportunities for Florida’s families.
The Florida Chamber also released its annual publication, "How They Voted," which provides grades for all 160 legislators so business leaders can see who voted for or against job creation and economic growth.