Best and Worst Environmental Voting Scores in Four Years Highlight Different Ideologies at the State Capitol
The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has released its annual Environmental Scorecard, a report card ranking individual state legislators on their votes cast during the 2012 session of the Connecticut General Assembly.
According to the League, environmental priorities, which had trended downward in 2010 and 2011, changed course upward in 2012. The average score for all legislators in 2011 was 76% versus the average score of 91% for 2012. This year 53 more legislators earned 80% or higher than they did in 2011.
The League tracked approximately 21 bills during the three-month legislative session. Eight were hostile to the environment and 13 were favorable. Four of the pro-environment bills passed, while three others made a good showing. All of the hostile bills were either defeated, defanged, or transformed into friendly legislation.