July 31, 2012
AUGUSTA – Reps. Jane Eberle, D-South Portland, and Kim Monaghan-Derrig, D-Cape Elizabeth, earned high marks from the non-partisan Maine Conservation Voters for their votes to protect the environment and invest in Maine’s natural resources during the second session of the 125th Legislature.
“A healthy and clean environment is essential to Maine’s economy,” said Rep. Monaghan-Derrig, who earned a perfect score. “By drawing on our State’s natural resources, with responsible environmental protections, we can create sustainable Maine jobs that will support smart investments and small businesses.”
Legislators were graded on their votes that impact the quality of Maine’s water, land, and wildlife, as well as Maine’s energy policy and the health of Maine people.
“For the eight years I have served in the legislature, it has been a priority for me to protect Maine’s precious and unique natural resources,” said Rep. Eberle.
In past years, the scorecards have been used to showcase votes that furthered protections for Maine’s environment, which is central to the state’s economy. This year, the scorecard evaluated votes against an anti-environment agenda.
The conservation group said its scorecard showed that the legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, “made little progress for Maine’s clean waters, natural areas and wildlife, and the economies that depend on them.”
View the full scorecard at Maine Conservation Voters.
Jodi Quintero [Eberle, Monaghan-Derrig], 287-1488