League of Conservation Voters gives high ranks to lawmakers’ work in 2009 legislative session
October 2, 2009
AUGUSTA – Lewiston and Auburn Democratic state representatives were recognized recently by the Maine League of Conservation Voters for their work to improve conservation and environmental protection laws during the 2009 legislative session. Reps. Brian Bolduc, Michel Lajoie, Peggy Rotundo, Dick Wagner and Mike Carey all scored high marks on the MLCV’s Environmental Scorecard.
The League, which rates all 186 state House and Senate lawmakers on their voting record for conservation issues, publishes an annual legislative scorecard based on votes taken on specific and critical bills that have an impact on the state’s natural resources.
“Maine is a uniquely beautiful place and we need to work hard to keep it that way,” said Bolduc, a member of the Natural Resources Committee. “A healthy economy is dependent on a healthy environment, and the Legislature is committed to protecting Maine’s way of life.”
This year’s scorecard included positive votes on bills to increase clean water protections for a number of waterways in Maine; provide for safe collection of mercury-containing light bulbs; ensure that replacement culverts permit fish passage; and establish an Efficiency Trust to increase household and business weatherization, with a goal of weatherizing every home and business in the state by 2030.
Legislators also earned positive scores for voting against a bill that would have given power to a small group of private businesses to overhaul the state’s regulatory system, and a bill that would have eliminated LURC in favor of county management of Maine’s unorganized territories.
The Maine League of Conservation Voters has tracked and reported legislators’ voting records on key environmental issues since 1986. To view the entire scorecard, with bill summaries and a full list of honor roll and dishonor roll members for 2009, visit Maine League of Conservation Voters and click on “2009 Maine House and Senate Scorecards” on the right-side column.
Rep. Brian Bolduc, 576-4907
Rep. Michel Lajoie, 783-1927
Rep. Peggy Rotundo, 784-3259
Rep. Dick Wagner, 784-0645
Rep. Mike Carey, 344-3017
Jodi Quintero, Communications Director, 287-1433