Grades Reflect Voter Concern about Protecting the Environment
Connecticut lawmakers’ environmental scores inched up this year, reflecting the high priority that voters across the state place on protecting the environment.
That finding comes from the just-released Connecticut League of Conservation Voters’ 2009 Environmental Scorecard (pdf), which grades lawmakers on their votes on 19 different bills related to the environment. Some of the bills scored this year include bills on rivers and wetlands, solar power, open space, bottle recycling, and toxic chemicals, among others.
“We publish an Annual Environmental Scorecard to let Connecticut voters who care about the environment know if their legislators are voting the right way,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV’s Executive Director.
And many are. In 2009, 108 legislators earned an A on their environmental voting records. Last year only 78 legislators did. Nevertheless, many legislators continue to defy their constituents’ concerns with the environment. Thirty-three legislators got a C, D or F on their 2009 environmental voting records. But there were fewer poor performers this year compared to last year (38 in 2009 versus 60 in 2008), indicating some degree of progress.
via CTLCV Scorecards.
From The Hartford Courant:
The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has announced its top 12 “green” legislators for their support of the environment. The entire legislature was rated by the CTLCV with ratings ranging from 24 percent to 100 percent – based on votes at both the committee level and on the floor of the House and Senate. Missed votes will count against a legislator – meaning that a lawmaker who had a perfect record on environmental issues would not receive a rating of 100 percent if certain votes were missed.
Read more Courant coverage here: Top 12 Green Legislators Named By CTLCV – Capitol Watch.
On this year’s annual scorecard, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters CTLCV has awarded state Senator Bob Duff D-Norwalk a 100 percent rating for his support and advocacy for environmental initiatives in 2009. This year, the CTLCV scorecard was based on voting records on 19 separate bills considered by the General Assembly.
Read more from ConnecticutPlus.com here: Sen. Duff earns 100 percent rating | ConnecticutPlus.com.
Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36) of Riverside scored 86% for his voting record on environmental issues according to the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters’ annual report.