Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

THEY MEAN BUSINESS.(Business Outlook)

Byline: Winthrop Quigley Journal Staff Writer

Group gives lawmakers high marks for action on bills, from tax cuts to education reform

One of the most pro-business legislative sessions in memory found even some perennially low-scoring lawmakers earning high marks on this year's Association of Commerce and Industry legislative report card, released Wednesday.

Rep. Max Coll, D-Santa Fe, was graded 88 out of a possible 100 for his votes on 17 pieces of legislation considered in the House and deemed important to business by the association.

Coll's score since the association started its tally in 1991 is a cumulative 56.

Senate Majority Leader Manny Aragon, D-Albuquerque, earned a 92 for his votes on 14 pieces of legislation selected by the association. His cumulative score since 1991 is 61.

Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, went from a 55 cumulative grade to a 91 in 2003, Sen. Roman Maes, D-Santa Fe, went from 66 to 100, and Rep. Nick L. Salazar, D-San Juan Pueblo, went from 62 to 92.

Only six of the 70 state House members and three of the 42 state senators earned scores in the 2003 session that were lower than their cumulative scores, the association said in its annual Focus Report, which is on the Web at www.aci.nm.org.

"There was not a single anti-business bill approved by both houses," Association of Commerce and Industry president John A. Carey told the Journal in an interview Wednesday.

"There was a lot more civility and willingness to work together in this session," he said. …

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