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Maryland League of Conservation Voters

2012 Environmental Scorecard


How did your legislators score? Did they fight to protect Marylands air, land, water, and people?

Keeping Score for the Environment Since 1979

For over 30 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice for the environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.

June 2012 Board of Directors

Anthony Caligiuri, Chair Kevin Rackstraw, Treasurer Marcia Verploegen Lewis, Secretary Jennifer Bevan-Dangel George Chmael Jay Falstad Bob Gallagher Dr. Beth Garraway Fred Hoover Peter Hamm Chuck Porcari Denise Ryan Terri Shuck
Staff

Karla Raettig, Executive Director 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

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Dear Marylander,
Do your state legislators represent your environmental values? To help you answer that question, we are pleased to introduce the 2012 Maryland League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. As the voice for the environment in Maryland politics, we believe that informed voters are best able to hold their legislators accountable. During the 2011 legislative session, the legislature hurt our communities and our families by missing critical opportunities to invest in our economy and our environment. When the session ended, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the environmental community worked tirelessly to help voters send their legislators a loud and clear message: step up and lead the nation in investing in our economy and our environment! Voters demanded action. As a result, the 2012 General Assembly Session started with the potential to be one of the best sessions for the environment in history, with strong conservation bills introduced by Governor OMalley and legislative leaders. Maryland LCV knew passing bills with short-term economic costs would be challenging, but these investments would result in cleaner water for our families, healthier air for our children, and a Maryland full of vibrant communities and strong local economies. Our job is to make sure that our leaders hear your vision and cast the hard votes needed to make that vision a reality. With your help, the legislature passed a significant package of bills (SB 236 and HB 446, OMalley; HB 987, Raskin and Hucker) to improve water quality, create jobs, protect public health, and improve our communities. While these bills were not as strong when passed as when first introduced, they represent real progress and we thank our elected officials for

working to make all of our waters fishable and swimmable once again. Additionally, during a special budget session the legislators ensured record funding of environmental programs, including $63 million for the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund, $70 million for Program Open Space, $13 million for Energy Efficiency upgrades, and maintaining support for enforcement by environmental agencies. The session ended with both celebration and disappointment. The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act (SB 237/ HB 441, OMalley) passed the House of Delegates but fell one final vote short in the Senate Finance Committee. Legislation (SB 511, Frosh/ HB 1247, Washington and HB 895) to charge a 5-cent fee on carryout bags and raise dedicated revenues to clean up our waters also died in committee. With your support, we will continue to advocate for these critical issues in the coming months and 2013 legislative session. See page 14 for the Bill Dead Zone. The votes in this scorecard were chosen in conjunction with Environment Maryland. We thank those who helped this year, including our designer, Julie Burris, and our interns and volunteers.

This scorecard is a tool for youthe conservation voter. Maryland LCV urges you to tell your legislators how you feel about their scores. Please share this with your friends and neighbors and ask them to join you in our fight to protect our air, land, water, and people. Ultimately, the voters of the state of Maryland will determine the type of state we leave for future generations. Please support the work of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and make your voice heard. Sincerely,

Tony Caligiuri, Chair, Board of Directors

Karla Raettig, Executive Director

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Highest Scores for 2012


(100%) Senate: Benson, Conway, Currie, Ferguson, Frosh, Gladden, Jones-Rodwell, Kelley, Manno, Peters, Pinsky, Ramirez, Raskin, Rosapepe, Young House: Alston, Anderson, Arora, Barkley, Barnes, Barve, Branch, Burns, Busch, Cardin, Clagett, Clippinger, Cullison, Davis, DeBoy, Dumais, Feldman, Frick, Frush, Gaines, Gilchrist, Griffith, Gutierrez, Guzzone, Hammen, Harrison, Haynes, Healey, Hixson, Howard, Hubbard, Hucker, Ivey, Jameson, Jones, Kaiser, A. Kelly, Kramer, Lee, Love, Luedtke, McHale, Miller, Mitchell, Mizeur, Morhaim, Murphy, Nathan-Pulliam, Niemann, Olszewski, Pena-Melnyk, Pendergrass, Proctor, Reznik, A. S. Robinson, B. Robinson, Rosenberg, Ross, Simmons, Sophocleus, Stein, Stukes, Summers, Tarrant, Turner, Valderrama, Valentino-Smith, Vallario, Vaughn, Waldstreicher, Washington, Zucker

Lowest Scores for 2012


(0%) Senate: Dyson, Jacobs, Jennings, Kittleman, Pipkin, Reilly, Shank, Simonaire House: Aumann, Bates, Cluster, Eckardt, Hough, McComas, McDermott, McDonough, Parrott, Smigiel, Szeliga

Average Scores over Time


2012 Senate Republicans Democrats House Republicans Democrats 63% 8% 81% 69% 21% 92% 2011 61% 34% 70% 68% 42% 78% 2010 56% 25% 68% 78% 46% 89% 2009 62% 24% 77% 72% 25% 88%

Please visit MDLCV.org, where youll find an interactive map. See how your part of the state stacks up, and find links to your legislators. Contact them and tell them what you think of their scores.
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Senate Committee Votes


Budget and Taxation Committee
SB 294 Family Farm Preservation

(Senate President Miller) Alleviates the estate tax burden on family

farms to keep farmers farming. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.

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Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee


SB 236 Septics and Growth

(Governor OMalley) Restricts growth on septic systems in our rural areas to combat sprawl and pollution. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
HB 446 Bay Restoration Fund

replace failing septic systems, and plant cover crops. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
HB 987 Stormwater

(Governor OMalley) Increases the Bay Restoration Fee to finish upgrading the states 67 largest sewage plants,
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(Senator Raskin and Delegate Hucker) Requires local jurisdictions to create dedicated stormwater utility fees to improve badly neglected local stormwater infrastructure. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
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Finance Committee
SB 791 Solar Ramp-Up (Senator Garagiola)

Alters the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) to a more gradual inclusion of
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Judicial Proceedings Committee


HB 1331 Utility Consumption Disclosure

(Senator Carter Conway and Delegate Carr) Requires homeowners to provide prospective buyers with utility consumption and energy rating scores available at the time of listing.
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Senate Floor Votes


SB 236 Septics and Growth HB 446 Bay Restoration Fund

(Governor OMalley) Restricts growth on septic systems in rural areas to combat sprawl and pollution. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
HB 167 Arsenic Amendment

(Governor OMalley) Increases the Bay Restoration Fee to finish upgrading the states 67 largest sewage plants, replace failing septic systems, and plant cover crops. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
HB 987 Stormwater

(Senator Middleton) This bill bans the use of arsenic in poultry feed. The amendment weakens the bill by removing consideration of its impact on Chesapeake Bay water quality. The correct vote is no. The amendment passed. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.

(Senator Raskin and Delegate Hucker) Requires local jurisdictions to create dedicated stormwater utility fees to improve badly neglected local stormwater facilities. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
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Bryan W. Simonaire, R James E. DeGrange Sr., D Edward R. Reilly, R Nancy Jacobs, R Barry Glassman, R E. J. Pipkin, R Richard F. Colburn, R James N. Mathias Jr., D Nancy J. King, D Catherine E. Pugh, D Lisa A. Gladden, D James Brochin, D Joan Carter Conway, D Verna L. JonesRodwell, D Nathaniel J. McFadden, D William C. Ferguson, D Victor R. Ramirez, D

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House Committee Votes


Economic Matters Committee
Offshore Wind Energy (Governor OMalley) Establishes a market-friendly process to incentivize offshore wind development. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed the House but died in the Senate. HB 441 SB 791 Solar Ramp-Up (Senator Garagiola)

Alters the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) to a more gradual inclusion of residential solar energy generation than the current RPS. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
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Environmental Matters Committee


HB 446 Bay Restoration Fund (Governor OMalley) HB 1204 Fracking (Delegate Mizeur)

Increases the Bay Restoration Fee to finish upgrading the states 67 largest sewage plants, replace failing septic systems, and plant cover crops. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
HB 987 Stormwater (Delegate Hucker)

Establishes a fee on leased acres of the Marcellus Shale to pay for a study on gas drilling fracking impacts. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed the House and died in a Senate committee.
Community Cleanup (Delegate Washington) Establishes a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags to encourage use of reusable bags. The correct vote is yes. The bill died in committee. HB 1247 HB 1331 Utility Consumption Disclosure (Delegate Carr)

Requires local jurisdictions to create dedicated stormwater utility fees to improve badly neglected local stormwater infrastructure. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
SB 236 Septics and Growth (Governor OMalley)

Restricts growth on septic systems in rural lands to combat sprawl and pollution. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
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Health and Government Operations Committee
HB 1407 Cancer Clusters (Delegate Walker)

Convenes a workgroup to investigate potential cancer clusters, potential environmental causes of cancer, and

to recommend further action. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed the House by died on the Senate floor.

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Ways and Means Committee


HB 444 Family Farm Preservation Act of 2012

(Governor OMalley) Alleviates the estate tax burden on family farms to keep

farmers farming. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
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House Floor Votes


HB 167 Arsenic (Delegate Hucker)

Prohibits the use, sale, or distribution of poultry feed that contains arsenic. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
Offshore Wind Energy (Governor OMalley) Establishes a market-friendly process to incentivize offshore wind development. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed the House, but died in the Senate. HB 441 HB 446 Bay Restoration Fund (Governor OMalley)

and plant cover crops. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor.
Stormwater (Delegate Hucker) Requires local jurisdictions to create dedicated stormwater utility fees to improve badly neglected local stormwater infrastructure. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor. HB 987 Septics and Growth (Governor OMalley) Restricts growth on septic systems in rural areas to combat sprawl and pollution. The correct vote is yes. The bill passed and was signed by the Governor. SB 236
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41% 39% 22% 22% 22% 54% 90% 36% 11% 36% 31% 26% 27% 22% 60% 51% 91% 64% 18% 28% 11% 19% 77% 20% 10% 10% 34% 76% 94% 91% 97% 95% 91% 84% 76% 98% 20% 20% 33% 17% 0% 67% 100% 18% 0% 17% 29% 50% 17% 25% 50% 17% 100% 36% 17% 0% 0% 17% 50% 0% 0% 14% 17% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 91% 82% 0/0 0/0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1/1 0/0 1/6 0/0 1/1 1/2 1/1 1/1 0/0 1/1 0/1 1/1 2/6 1/1 0/0 0/0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1/2 1/1 2/2 0/0 1/1 1/1 1/1 6/6 0/0 5/6 5/6 + + + + + + + + + + + a + a + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + e + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + e + + + + + + + continued

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Don H. Dwyer, Jr., R Nicholaus R. Kipke, R Steven R. Schuh, R Pamela G. Beidle, D Mary Ann Love, D Theodore J. Sophocleus, D Tony McConkey, R Cathleen M. Vitale, R Robert A. Costa, R Glen Glass, R MaryDulany James, D David D. Rudolph, D H. Wayne Norman, Jr., R Donna M. Stifler, R Susan K. McComas, R Stephen S. Hershey, Jr., R Jay A. Jacobs, R Michael D. Smigiel, Sr., R Rudolph C. Cane, D Adelaide C. Eckardt, R Jeannie Haddaway Riccio, R Charles J. Otto, R Norman H. Conway, D Michael A. McDermott, R Charles E. Barkley, D Kirill Reznik, D A. Shane Robinson, D Frank M. Conaway, Jr., D Barbara A. Robinson, D Shawn Z. Tarrant, D Jill P. Carter, D Nathaniel T. Oaks, D Samuel I. Rosenberg, D Susan L. M. Aumann, R William J. Frank, R Stephen W. Lafferty, D Curtis S. Anderson, D Maggie McIntosh, D Mary L. Washington, D Keith E. Haynes, D Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., D Melvin L. Stukes, D Talmadge Branch, D Cheryl D. Glenn, D Hattie N. Harrison, D Luke H. Clippinger, D Peter A. Hammen, D Brian K. McHale, D Jolene Ivey, D Doyle L. Niemann, D Michael G. Summers, D

+ Proenvironment vote Antienvironment vote

a Not voting (disadvantage for the environment) e Excused absence

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Bill Dead Zone


This scorecard tells a large part of the environmental story of the 2012 session, but not the whole story. Dozens of pro-environmental bills were killed before legislators ever had a chance to vote on them. Read about the bills below and ask your legislators to rescue them from the dead zone. Bay Restoration Fee Lock Box

Community Clean Up

(Senator Astle, Delegate Beitzel) HB 121/SB 65 proposed an amendment to the Maryland Constitution to prohibit the transfer to the General Fund of funds dedicated to the Bay Restoration Fund or the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund. This bill died in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.
Bottle Bill Study (Senator Ferguson,

(Senator Frosh, Delegate Washington) HB 1247/SB 511 would have established a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags with the proceeds split among the retailers, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the counties. Most proceeds would go to the counties for environmental cleanup, restoration of impaired waterways, and public education. Funds would also be used to distribute free reusable bags to Marylanders, particularly elderly and low income residents. Additionally, all plastic and paper carryout bags would have to be recyclable. This bill died in the House Environmental Matters and Economic Committees. Even more frustrating, Prince Georges County sponsored enabling legislation (HB 895) to allow the county to charge its own local bag feean initiative Prince Georges County Council had the political courage to allowalso failed.
Fracking Fees (Senator Frosh,

this bill died without a vote in the House Health and Governmental Operations Committee.
Nutrient Management (Senator Frosh,

Delegate Olszewski) HB 1115/SB 875 would have required the Maryland Department of the Environment to study and recommend a bottle deposit program to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly. This bill died without a vote in either the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee or the House Environmental Affairs or Economic Matters Committees.

Delegate Mizeur) HB 1204/SB 798 would have established a fee on leased acres to pay for a study. This bill passed the House, but failed to receive a vote in the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.
Fracking Wastewater

Senator Pinsky) SB 594 would have delineated a set of specific land application restrictions on manure, poultry litter, and sewage sludge to improve water quality. This bill never received a vote in the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.
Offshore Wind Energy

(Delegate A. S. Robinson) HB 296 would have prohibited the transport and disposing of fracking wastewater in Maryland. This bill died in the House Environmental Matters Committee.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland

(Delegate Waldstreicher) HB 727 would have streamlined the management of dangerous chemicals, identified and prioritized chemicals used in consumer products, and educated the public with a Maryland-specific web page listing. We are disappointed that
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(Governor OMalley) HB 441/SB 237 would have established a market-friendly process to incentivize offshore wind development, while including strong provisions to protect consumers, to promote in-state jobs, and to ensure positive net benefits to the state. This bill passed the House with a vote of 8847 and received a strong majority support in numerous statewide polls. We know you share our heartbreak that even with enormous advocacy and grassroots pressure, the bill died when a final vote could not be found to break a 55 tie in the Senate Finance Committee.

Thanks to our photographers: Kellen McCluskey (cover, page 7); Merle Rockwell (page 2, page 14 top); Elnora Meade (page 3, page 5 bottom); Terry Cummings (page 4 top); Diva Zero (page 4 bottom); Christine Hill (page 5 top); Michelle Alvey (page 6 top); Kai Hagen (page 6 bottom, page 14 bottom, page 15); Eddie Chen (pages 8 and 9, page 12 bottom, page 13 top); Chris Trumbauer (page 10); Jenny Lipinski (page 11); Chan Lieu (page 12 top); Jon Cardin (page 13 bottom); and Scott Hymes (page 16). Scorecard design: Julie Burris

Your voice matters.

The tremendous environmental agenda passed during the 2012 General Assembly would not have happened without your voice and personal story. Hundreds of you came to rallies, lobby days, and meetings with your legislators. Thousands of you called and emailed your Senators and Delegates. Please join us in thanking legislators for their bold vision to finally ensure healthy waters for our families and generously allocate budget funds that create good local jobs while restoring our environment. We also hope you will express your disappointment for their failure to make Maryland a hub for offshore wind jobs and manufacturing as well as cleaning up the trash in our communities. With your support, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters will continue to advocate for these critical issues in the coming months and in the 2013 legislative session.
Its not enough to just know their score.

You have a responsibility to let your legislators know if you approve or disapprove of the job they are doing. If they are doing a good job, thank them for representing you and fighting for a better Maryland. If you are disappointed in their votes, let them know that as well.
Its easy.

Visit MDLCV.org/scorecards and send your legislators an email telling them what you think.

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Are your elected officials representing your environmental values? The scores are in, find out how your legislators are measuring up.
Did your legislators vote to:
O Restore the

Chesapeake Bay and protect our waterways?


O Invest in a clean

energy economy and create new jobs?


O Combat sprawl and

protect open space?


O Ensure clean

drinking water for our families?