Do your state legislators represent yourenvironmental values? To help youanswer that question, we are pleased tointroduce the 2012 Maryland Leagueo Conservation Voters’ EnvironmentalScorecard. As the voice or the environ-ment in Maryland politics, we believethat inormed voters are best able tohold their legislators accountable.During the 2011 legislative session, thelegislature hurt our communities and ouramilies by missing critical opportunitiesto invest in our economy and ourenvironment. When the session ended,Maryland League o Conservation Voters(LCV) and the environmental community worked tirelessly to help voters sendtheir legislators a loud and clear message:step up and lead the nation in investingin our economy and our environment!Voters demanded action. As a result, the2012 General Assembly Session started with the potential to be one o the bestsessions or the environment in history, with strong conservation bills introducedby Governor O’Malley and legislativeleaders.Maryland LCV knew passing bills with short-term economic costs would be challenging, but theseinvestments would result in cleaner water or our amilies, healthier air orour children, and a Maryland ull o vibrant communities and strong localeconomies. Our job is to make sure thatour leaders hear your vision and cast thehard votes needed to make that vision a reality.With your help, the legislature passeda signicant package o bills (SB 236 andHB 446, O’Malley; HB 987, Raskin andHucker) to improve water quality, createjobs, protect public health, and improveour communities. While these bills werenot as strong when passed as when rstintroduced, they represent real progressand we thank our elected ocials or
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working to make all o our waters sh-able and swimmable once again. Additionally, during a specialbudget session the legislators ensuredrecord unding o environmentalprograms, including $63 million or theChesapeake Bay Trust Fund, $70 millionor Program Open Space, $13 millionor Energy Eciency upgrades, andmaintaining support or enorcement by environmental agencies.The session ended with bothcelebration and disappointment. TheMaryland Oshore Wind Energy Act(SB 237/ HB 441, O’Malley) passedthe House o Delegates but ell onenal vote short in the Senate FinanceCommittee. Legislation (SB 511, Frosh/HB 1247, Washington and HB 895) tocharge a 5-cent ee on carryout bagsand raise dedicated revenues to cleanup our waters also died in committee.With your support, we will continue toadvocate or these critical issues in thecoming months and 2013 legislativesession. See page 14 or the Bill DeadZone.The votes in this scorecard were chosen in conjunction withEnvironment Maryland. We thank those who helped this year, including ourdesigner, Julie Burris, and our internsand volunteers.
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This scorecard is a tool or you—theconservation voter. Maryland LCV urges you to tell your legislators how you eelabout their scores. Please share this with your riends and neighbors and ask themto join you in our ght to protect ourair, land, water, and people. Ultimately,the voters o the state o Maryland willdetermine the type o state we leaveor uture generations. Please supportthe work o the Maryland League o Conservation Voters and make your voice heard.Sincerely,Karla Raettig,