On Thursday, Representative Bart Rowland was presented the Chamber MVP Award by Kentucky Chamber Manager of Public Affairs John Cox. Rowland was among a select group of legislators who “went to bat” for Kentucky business during the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly.
Recipients of the 2021 Kentucky Chamber MVP Award showed strong leadership for the business community by sponsoring or carrying Kentucky Chamber priority legislation, showing leadership on passage of critical legislation to improve Kentucky or by taking hard votes in defense of business.
During the 2021 session, Rep. Rowland sponsored priority legislation relating to the coronavirus pandemic to address looming unemployment insurance tax hikes employers faced and to ensure COVID-19 restrictions were consistent with federal CDC guidance.
“The business community wants to recognize the legislators who went out of their way to help Kentucky’s economy get back on track after such an unprecedented year,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts. “It is critical we continue to work together as we recover and rebuild for a stronger tomorrow.”
While monitoring the progress of bills that create a better business climate and advance the Commonwealth, the Chamber tracks how each legislator votes on these bills. The Chamber’s MVP award recipients displayed more than just a business-friendly voting record, but also went out of their way, and at times across party lines, to support or oppose an issue critical to the business climate in Kentucky.
Learn more about business issues during the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly in the Kentucky Chamber’s “Results for Business” publication.