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A new survey ranks North Carolina's state lawmakers on their attendance, voting record and "effectiveness" A new survey ranks North Carolina's state lawmakers on their attendance, voting record and "effectiveness"

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Several members of southeastern North Carolina's delegation in the General Assembly have scored well in a survey of legislators' effectiveness, according to the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

In a survey of fellow legislators, lobbyists, liaisons and members of the media who regularly cover the General Assembly, Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick County) ranked 7th among the 49 members of the Senate, up from #18 in the group's survey done in 2012. Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover) had an effectiveness ranking of 14th, up seven positions from 2012, while Sen. Michael Walters (D-Robeson) ranked 30th, up eight positions from the last survey. Both Goolsby and Walters have announced they will not seek re-election in 2015.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) was voted the most effective member of the Senate, with Sen. Angela Bryant (D-Nash) voted the least effective at #49.

In the state House, the NC Center for Public Policy Research survey found Rep. William Brisson (D-Bladen) as the most effective from the area delegation at #40, which is a 15-point drop from 2012. Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) ranked 42nd, showing a 60-point improvement from the last survey. Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) improved 13 positions to 47th this year, followed by newcomers Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) at 52, Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) at  57, Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) at 62 and Rep. Ken Waddell (D-Columbus) at 94th of the 120 members of the chamber.

House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg) was voted most effective in the House, with Rep. Terry Evelyn (D-Forsyth) rated least effective.

The survey also ranked attendance and voting participation among members of the General Assembly. The following is a listing of lawmakers from the Wilmington-area delegation:

Percent of Days Present:

Sen. Thom Goolsby         98.1% (t-10)
Sen. Bill Rabon               94.3% (t-33)
Sen. Michael Walters     92.5% (39th)
Rep. Rick Catlin               100%  (t-1)
Rep. Ted Davis                 99.1% (t-22)
Rep. Chris Millis             99.1% (t-22)
Rep. Ken Waddell         96.2% (t-60)
Rep. Frank Iler               95.3% (t-75)
Rep. William Brisson     89.6% (103)
Rep. Susi Hamilton         86.8% (112th)
 

Voting Participation:

Sen. Michael Walters     99.9% (t-11)
Sen. Thom Goolsby         99.1% (t-35)
Sen. Bill Rabon               98.6% (43rd)
Rep. Chris Millis               99.8% (t-13)
Rep. Frank Iler                 99.6% (t-34)
Rep. Ted Davis               99.5% (t-43)
Rep. Ken Waddell           99.4% (t-53)
Rep. Rick Catlin               99.3% (t-62)
Rep. Susi Hamilton           99.2% (t-70)
Rep. William Brisson         92.1% (118)

Sixty-three of the 120 House members (53%) responded to the Center's survey, as did 33 of the 50 Senators (66%), 159 of the 438 lobbyists and lead legislative liaisons based in North Carolina (36%), and 6 of 36 capital news correspondents (17%). The overall response rate was 40%.

According to the report released with the survey results, the Center says "the survey's purpose was to identify the most effective legislators in the General Assembly. The Center asked respondents to base their ratings on legislators' participation in committee work, their skill at guiding bills through committee and floor debate, their general knowledge and expertise in special fields, the respect they command from peers, their ethics, the enthusiasm with which they execute various legislative responsibilities, the political power they hold (by virtue of office, longevity, or personal skills), their ability to sway the opinions of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process."

Click here to see the entire survey released by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, along with scores from previous surveys: http://bit.ly/1lHKD9u

Click here to read the news release sent by the Center: http://bit.ly/1knWkoM

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