75 percent obedience fell short for Kansas Chamber

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has been vague about what somebody has to do to make, and not make, its annual “pro-jobs legislators” list. Some of those lawmakers left off the 2013 list are viewed by their local chambers of commerce as very supportive of job growth, according to the Hutchinson News. A statement by chamber president Mike O’Neal, a former House speaker, said a legislator must have voted “at least 80 percent of the time to support a wide range of business issues and ensure the state’s economic health.” The experience of the unlisted Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, suggests that 80 percent mark is no bluff. Hineman said he voted for six of the eight bills endorsed by chamber e-mails to lawmakers.