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Long Scorecard 2012

Long Scorecard 2012

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2012 Environmental Scorecard
Maryland League o Conservation Voters
Did they ght to protect Maryland’s air, land, water,and people?How did your legislators score?
Keeping Score or the Environment Since 1979
 
For over 30 years, the non-partisan Maryland League o ConservationVoters has served as the political voice or the environment. Weadvocate or sound conservation policies, promote environmentallyresponsible candidates, and hold individual elected ofcials accountablethrough our scorecards and reports.
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June 2012Board o Directors
 Anthony Caligiuri,
Chair 
Kevin Rackstraw,
Treasurer 
Marcia Verploegen Lewis, 
Secretary
 Jennier Bevan-DangelGeorge Chmael Jay FalstadBob GallagherDr. Beth Garraway Fred HooverPeter HammChuck PorcariDenise RyanTerri Shuck 
Sta
Karla Raettig,
ExecutiveDirector 
 Jen Brock Cancellieri,
Deputy Director 
Karen Doory,
Development Director 
Pete Johnson,
Outreach Manager 
Dannielle Lipinski,
Field Coordinator 
Eddie Chen,
Field Organizer 
Tanvi Gadhia,
Clean Energy Organizer 
 Alicia Luckhardt, 
 Administrative Assistant
 Jen Smith,
Legislative Intern
Dan Hausman,
Legislative Intern
 
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 inormed voters are best able tohold their legislators accountable.During the 2011 legislative session, thelegislature hurt our communities and ouramilies 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 signicant 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 ocials 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 millionor Program Open Space, $13 millionor Energy Eciency upgrades, andmaintaining support or enorcement by environmental agencies.The session ended with bothcelebration and disappointment. TheMaryland Oshore Wind Energy Act(SB 237/ HB 441, O’Malley) passedthe House o Delegates but ell onenal 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.
Dear Marylander,
Tony Caligiuri,
Chair, Board o Directors
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 leaveor uture generations. Please supportthe work o the Maryland League o Conservation Voters and make your voice heard.Sincerely,Karla Raettig,
Executive Director 

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