Rep. Moffitt Ranks Highest in Trade Association Effectiveness Survey
Rep. Tim Moffitt, a first-term member of the Henderson County House, earned the highest rating among all lawmakers in the NC FreeEnterprise Foundation’s 2021 Legislative Rankings.
Moffitt’s score of 100.5 passed House Majority Leader John Bell R-Wayne, who scored 99.9. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Rules Committee Chairman Destin Hall, R-Caldwell, tied for third in the House with ratings of 99.6. Moffitt served two terms in the State House representing Buncombe County until Democrat Brian Turner defeated him in 2014. He then moved to the community of Bearwallow and last year won the seat vacated by the retirement of Chuck McGrady.
During this year’s legislative session, Moffitt guided a major ABC reform bill through the Legislature that relaxed regulations for distilleries and addressed supply chain issues caused by pandemic shutdowns.
“The convoluted and tangled regulatory system, some of which originated during Prohibition, coupled with the myriad problems produced by pandemic shutdowns and supply chain disruptions, has caused outcry from consumers, retailers and producers to make changes,” he said in a recent column on the legislation. “Moving our state forward responsibly and thoughtfully on alcohol issues is the responsibility I have given myself and I am proud of the work we have done this year.”
State Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, scored 100.3, edging out Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, who ranked second among senators with a score of 99.7.
The ratings are based on “an analysis of North Carolina General Assembly members’ voting records regarding the advancement of business opportunities in the state,” according to an NCFREE press release.
“Our 2021 Legislative Affairs Assessment assesses legislators on their philosophical understanding of free enterprise,” said Anna Beavon Gravely, executive director of NCFREE. “Each year when the NCFREE Research Committee meets, we ask a key question: Does this vote support business and advance free enterprise in the state?”
“The legislation being considered for our LBR was primarily regulatory-focused,” Gravely added. “As North Carolina grows and prepares for the future, regulation will continue to be a major issue for the business community. In this first session of a new decade, the question – can North Carolina sustain the unprecedented growth of the past decade – remains. Reducing the regulatory burden on business to increase competition and choice is key to answering this question, and this year has been a step towards difficult and nuanced solutions.
Republicans placed in the top 10 in the 50-member Senate and the 120-member House.