The Utah Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business has awarded its "Guardians of Small Business" awards to six Utah legislators for voting favorably more than 70 percent of the time in 1987 and 1988 on small-business-related issues.

The awards went to Sens. William T. Barton, R-West Valley City; Kay S. Cornaby, R-Salt Lake; and Richard B. Tempest, R-Salt Lake; and Reps. Michael G. Waddoups, R-Salt Lake; Franklin Knowlton, R-Layton; and James F. Yardley, R-Panguitch.E. Cordell Lundahl, a Logan business owner and chairman of the NFIB-/Utah Advisory Council, said that during the two-year period, Waddoups received an 89 percent rating from the group while Cornaby was at 88; Barton, 86; Knowlton, 83; and Tempest and Yardley at 78 each.

The ratings are the result of nine separate roll-call votes on issues ranging from income and sales tax increases to worker's compensation and civil justice reforms.