The 2019 Legislative Session delivered many wins for the environment, including significant investment in offshore wind, the electrification of the state fleet, the passage of the State Water Plan, and much more.
Because of our work during the last elections, we broke the split in the State Senate and sent a new pro-environment majority into Hartford. These new and returning champions were largely able to kill bad environmental bills like rollbacks to the Environmental Protection Act, automatic permits from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) after 90 days, and the revocation of DEEP's enforcement tools. Many of these anti-environment proposals never even saw a vote.
As a result, the vast majority of bills we scored were pro-environment proposals. This led to higher scores overall, evidence for the strong support for the environment within our legislature.
For nearly two decades, CTLCV has helped elect environmental champions and hold our legislators accountable for passing bills to protect our environment. Our annual Environmental Scorecard rates state legislators on key environmental priorities each year.
The legislation included in our Scorecard represents a diverse set of environmental concerns. CTLCV consults with other environmental groups, advocates, and stakeholders about key priorities and important initiatives. Throughout the legislative session, we track lawmakers' votes and send regular updates to legislators and our Members about the bills on our watchlistto be sure the pro-environment position is clear before any votes are cast.
CTLCV grades lawmakers on a 0 - 100% scale based on how they vote on key environmental bills in committees, the House, and the Senate. Their final score represents an average of their votes on those specific bills.
Please note: CTLCV does NOT currently score absences or abstentions.
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