From the folks at the NC League of Conservation Voters:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2012 – CONTACT: Dan Crawford, Director of Governmental Relations, Office 919-839-0020, Mobile 919-539-1422, firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMBERS OF NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECEIVE LOWEST SCORES EVER ON CONSERVATION SCORECARD
After months of waiting for the Legislature to officially end the 2011 Long Session, the NC League of Conservation Voters released its annual Conservation Scorecard. NCLCV has been scoring NC Legislators on environmental issues since 1999 and this year’s scores are the lowest they have ever been. The Scorecard is a valuable tool voters can use to evaluate which legislators best represent their environmental values. The Conservation Scorecard gives each state legislator a score of 0 to 100 based on his or her votes on key environmental bills in the recent session of the General Assembly.
This year’s scores indicate just how aggressive the new leadership has been in rolling back the environmental protections that make North Carolina a great place to live and do business. With the first bills proposed early on to limit or do away with regulations to the final days of the debate over drilling for oil off North Carolina’s pristine coast and for natural gas in our beautiful piedmont areas, it was clear this new Legislature had environmental protections in their cross hairs.
The average score in the House for the 2011 session was 43%, down from 67% for the 2009-2010 average; the Senate average was a mere 27%, compared to 69% in 2009-2010. Of particular interest are the average scores of the incoming freshman legislators as compared to the lifetime scores of those they replaced. In the House, the average score for the 27 new representatives was 35%, drastically down from the outgoing legislators’ lifetime average of 73%. The Senate scores were even more shocking with the 15 new senators averaging just 18% as compared to their predecessors at 70%.
“Legislators in the 2011 long session made poor choices when it comes to protecting our natural resources and quality of life,” said Dan Crawford, director of governmental relations for NCLCV. “With North Carolina consistently ranking at the top of lists for best places to live and do business in the country, the legislators failed to realize the impact their decisions will have on our quality of life for the long-term.”
Notable freshman legislators’ scores are shown below, including the lifetime scores of the former representative or senator. The complete Scorecard, as well as previous years, can be viewed online at: http://nclcv.org/what/scoring/. A PDF version of the table below is available here: http://nclcv.org/assets/pdfs/nclcv_scorecard_lowest_freshman.pdf.
COUNTY DISTRICT CURRENT 2011 FORMER LIFETIME HOUSE Pamlico H-3 Sanderson 17 Underhill 83 SENATE Wilson S-11 Newton 8 Swindell 74 HOUSE Onslow H-15 Shepard 17 Grady 73 SENATE Brunswick S-8 Rabon 8 Soles 72 SENATE New Hanover S-9 Goolsby 8 Boseman 79 HOUSE Nash H-25 Collins 27 Stewart 84 HOUSE Wake H-41 Murry 18 Heagarty 100 HOUSE Franklin H-49 Bradley, Jr. 17 May 83 HOUSE Lee H-51 Stone 17 Love 78 SENATE Sampson S-10 Jackson 8 Albertson 83 HOUSE Rowan H-77 Warren, H. 17 Coates 74 HOUSE Davidson H-81 Brown, R. 27 Holliman 73 SENATE Alamance S-24 Gunn 8 Foriest 74 SENATE Gaston S-43 Harrington 8 Hoyle 73 HOUSE Ashe H-93 Jordan 17 Tarleton 80 HOUSE Rutherford H-112 Hager 17 England 75 HOUSE Buncombe H-116 Moffitt 17 Whilden 86 SENATE Watauga S-45 Soucek 8 Goss 71 SENATE Mitchell S-47 Hise 8 Queen 75 SENATE Macon S-50 Davis 8 Snow 75
North Carolina League of Conservation Voters is a pragmatic, nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing North Carolina’s natural environment. For over 40 years, NCLCV has been turning environmental values into North Carolina priorities by helping to elect pro-conservation candidates and holding them accountable for their decisions that affect the environment.