CTLCV keeps a close watch on state legislation that will affect our natural resources.
After each legislative session, we publish an Environmental Scorecard that grades legislators according to how they voted on environmental bills. During the session, we notify state legislators about these bills through "Scorecard Alerts" and ask them to cast a pro-environment vote.
Legislators’ Grades Slip in Tough Budget Year
The scores are
And state legislators let their
environmental grades slip in the 2010 legislative session, according to the
2010 Annual Environmental Scorecard released on August 5 by the bipartisan
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV). Citizens who want a sense of how their state
legislators performed on environmental issues this year should take a look at
In the face of record-setting budget deficits, many
legislators and business leaders seemed inclined to blame the economic downturn
on the Department of Environmental Protection, in particular, and environmental
regulations, in general. In the first
months of the session, the state's most important protections for air, water,
and land appeared at risk of dissolution.
“This year was especially trying. Lobbyists that have fought every year to
weaken environmental laws and regulations for the benefit of a few industries
found an opportunity for their false claims that protecting the environment was
somehow an obstacle to Connecticut’s future,” said CTLCV’s Executive Director,
Lori Brown. “History has always shown the opposite. A clean environment makes for a good
"Clean water, clean air, and protected open spaces are
among the qualities that make Connecticut such a desirable place to live and
work. These precious environmental
resources need to be protected, even during hard economic times, not needlessly
squandered in short-sighted and harmful policy changes, said Martha Phillips,
Scorecard Grades Lawmakers on their Environmental Voting
CTLCV grades all state senators and representatives on a 0%
to 100% scale based on their votes on important environmental legislation. The 2010 Environmental Scorecard grades
legislators on their votes on nine major environmental bills, including bills
on energy, recycling, green jobs, toxics, and environmental rollback.
Number of Legislators with Good Grades Drops by 15% In 2009, 82% of the legislature earned A’s or B’s on their
environmental voting records. This year,
however, the percentage of legislators scoring A’s or B’s dropped to 67%. Fifty-one legislators scored a perfect 100%
by casting pro-environment votes on each of the bills that CTLCV scored. Another 33 legislators earned A’s on their
environmental voting records. CTLCV
applauds those individuals for standing firm in their support for a clean,
In contrast, the number of legislators who scored C’s, D’s,
or F’s increased this year, from a total of 33 (18%) in 2009 to a total of 61
(33%) in 2010.
Although the outlook for the environment was grim at the
start of the 2010 legislative session, CTLCV worked with other environmental
advocacy groups to stop or at least minimize anti-environment efforts. In the end, the General Assembly adjourned
without doing serious damage to environmental protection laws, and even
extended them in some cases.
“We managed to thwart the worst of the rollbacks this
year. But I have no doubt the
anti-environmental forces will be back in 2011.
That is why we should be very selective about who we elect this
November. The people we elect will be
making those key policy decisions and we want them on our side,” said
CTLCV protects our environment by working with elected leaders to preserve a safe and healthy environment for the public good.