NFIB/Oklahoma: Rep. Mike Sanders Earns 100% Voting Record on Small-Business Issues

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 13, 2012 -- Jerrod Shouse, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said today that Mike Sanders achieved a 100 percent voting record in the 2011-12 legislative sessions.

“Small business is the engine that drives Oklahoma's economy,” Shouse said. “By supporting small business, Mike Sanders is supporting working families and the community. Representative Sanders has stood up for Oklahoma’s employers and job creators time and time again on important issues such as workers’ compensation reform and unemployment fraud. Our members truly appreciate his efforts to help grow Oklahoma's economy and create jobs.

State Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said he appreciated the support of NFIB.

“This organization is trying to help promote important job creation issues by rating lawmakers’ voting record on business issues,” said Sanders. “I appreciate receiving a 100 percent rating from them.”

Small businesses account for 98 percent of private-sector employers in Oklahoma, and they employ over half of the non-government workforce.

To achieve a 100 percent NFIB/Oklahoma voting record, Mike Sanders voted “yes” on legislation:
-- Reforming the state's workers' compensation system.
-- Capping non-economic damages resulting from a lawsuit at $350,000.
-- Discouraging frivolous lawsuits by requiring defendants to pay only their percentage of fault
-- Cutting the cost of state-issued decals for coin-operated vending machines and amusement devices in half.
-- Allowing defendants in a civil action to pay damages of $100,000 or more in periodic payments rather than in a lump sum.
-- Making the state's workplace drug-testing statue more employer-friendly by empowering the employer when determining if a drug test should be administered, and when an employee refuses to be tested.
-- Curbing unemployment fraud by cracking down on those who knowingly continue to receive unemployment benefits after securing a new job and requiring those who file for unemployment to provide proof they are actively seeking a job.
-- Sending to a vote of the people a measure that exempts intangible personal property from ad valorem taxes.

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