30 lawmakers earn perfect ratings from SC Chamber of Commerce

August 12, 2013 

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— Thirty state lawmakers earned perfect scores in the S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 legislative scorecard.

The chamber ranked each lawmaker based on whether they cast a “business positive vote” on a number of bills that affected the business community. Twenty-nine Republicans earned perfect scores, along with two Democrats.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, whom the chamber endorsed for governor in 2010, scored a 93. The chamber faulted him for voting to kill a budget amendment that would have set aside 10 percent of new recurring money each year to pay for road funding, a plan the chamber had endorsed. Sheheen is running for governor again in 2014.

State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, scored a 53, the lowest of any state senator. Bright is scheduled to announce his candidacy for the U.S. senate on Tuesday, challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Lawmakers with perfect scores are:

• Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Dorchester

• Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston

• Sen. Greg Gregory, R-Lancaster

• Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry

• Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg

• Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield

• Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter

• Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee

• Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland

• Rep. Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville

• Rep. Mike Burns, R-Greenville

• Rep. Derham Cole, R-Spartanburg

• Rep. Bill Crosby, R-Charleston

• Rep. Kirkman Finlay, R-Richland

• Rep. Mike Forrester, R-Spartanburg

• Rep. Kevin Hardee, R-Horry

• Rep. Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston

• Rep. Phyllis Henderson, R-Greenville

• Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston

• Rep. Dennis Moss, R-Cherokee

• Rep. Phil Owens, R-Pickens

• Rep. Andy Patrick, R-Beaufort

• Rep. Samuel Rivers, R-Berkeley

• Rep. Mike Ryhal, R-Horry

• Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenvile

• Rep. Roland Smith, R-Aiken

• Rep. Mike Sottile, R-Charleston

• Rep. Eddie Tallon, R-Spartanburg

• Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken

• Rep. Mark Willis, R-Greenville

Read the full report card below:

– Adam Beam

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