March 1, 2012

Legislative Scorecard Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5th, 2012
Contact: Mike Berkowitz, (248) 345-9808, mike.berkowitz@sierraclub.org

Michigan Sierra Club Releases Legislative Scorecard for State Legislators

All but four Republicans scored zero percent, most Democrats scored above 75 percent

LANSING - The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter today released its 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard, which tracks legislators environmental voting records, for the Michigan House of Representatives. While the scorecard generally showed Democrats voting to maintain and/or strengthen environmental protections, more disturbingly it showed Republicans generally vote to weaken or eliminate environmental protections.

“It’s extremely frustrating that the environment has become a partisan political issue,” said Mike Berkowitz, the Michigan chapter organizer for the Sierra Club. “Of the 62 Republican State Representatives, 58 scored zero percent. If that statistic doesn’t scare you, it should. The Republican House leadership has completely failed at protecting clean air and clean water for Michigan citizens.”

The Sierra Club’s scorecard calculated the results based upon eight roll call votes in the House for the 2011-2012 legislative session. According to the Scorecard, House Democrats scored an average of 78 percent, while House Republicans scored an average of one percent. Six lawmakers scored a perfect 100 percent. A full list of “Environmental Champions” (100 percent), “Environmental Stewards” (80 to 99 percent), and “Pollution Promoters” (zero to 25 percent) is included at the end of this release. The only Republican who crossed over to vote with Democrats on more than one bill on the scorecard was Rep. Matt Lori (R-Constantine.) Nine Democrats scored less than a 65 percent, two of whom scored as low as 38 percent. The full scorecard is available here.

“We focused on votes that our members and our Legislative Committee voiced major opinions about,” said Lydia Fischer, chair of the Legislative Committee for the Michigan Sierra Club. “Overall, votes were selected that clearly showcased the true environmental intent of the legislators.”

Aside from the partisan nature of the voting, the number of anti-environment bills that were advanced also increased. “Almost every single environmental bill considered over the last year was an attack on Michigan’s environmental protections,” Berkowitz continued. “Pro-environment bills that we lobbied for – such as bills to protect Michigan residents from the dangers of fracking – never even received public hearings in committee.”

“Why does our legislature have the wrong priorities when it comes to protecting Michigan’s environment?” asked James D’Amour, a Sierra Club member once active in the Republican Party. “Clean air and clean water should not be partisan issues. We were the best progressive leaders in making conservation a top priority. This so-called ‘new’ GOP is disappointing and disheartening for Republicans like me who care about the environment.”

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The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 170,000 members and supporters in Michigan.


2011-2012 Environmental Champions (100% score)



District
Name
Party
5
John Olumba
D
9
Shanelle Jackson
D
11
David E. Nathan
D
25
Jon M. Switalski
D
27
Ellen Cogen Lipton
D
53
Jeff Irwin
D





2011-2012 Environmental Stewards (80-99% score)





District
Name
Party
1
Timothy Bledsoe
D
6
Frederick C. Durhal Jr.
D
7
James Womack
D
8
Thomas Stallworth III
D
12
Rashida Tlaib
D
15
George T. Darany
D
17
Phil Cavanagh
D
21
Dian Slavens
D
26
Jim Townsend
D
35
Rudy Hobbs
D
39
Lisa Brown
D
50
Charles Smiley
D
54
David Rutledge
D
68
Joan Bauer
D
69
Mark S. Meadows
D
75
Brandon Dillon
D
92
Marcia Hovey-Wright
D






2011-2012 Pollution Promoters (25% and below)



District
Name
Party
19
John J. Walsh
R
20
Kurt Heise
R
23
Pat Somerville
R
24
Anthony G. Forlini
R
30
Jeff Farrington
R
32
Andrea LaFontaine
R
33
Ken Goike
R
36
Peter J. Lund
R
38
Hugh D. Crawford
R
40
Charles Moss
R
41
Martin Knollenberg
R
43
Gail Haines
R
44
Eileen Kowall
R
45
Tom McMillin
R
46
Bradford C. Jacobsen
R
47
Cynthia S. Denby
R
52
Mark Ouimet
R
55
Rick Olson
R
56
Dale W. Zorn
R
57
Nancy E. Jenkins
R
58
Kenneth Kurtz
R
59
Matthew J. Lori
R
61
Margaret E. O'Brien
R
63
Jase Bolger
R
64
Earl Poleski
R
65
Michael Shirkey
R
66
William Rogers
R
70
Rick Outman
R
71
Deb Lynn Shaughnessy
R
72
Ken Yonker
R
73
Peter MacGregor
R
74
David Agema
R
77
Thomas B. Hooker
R
78
Sharon Tyler
R
79
Al Pscholka
R
80
Aric Nesbitt
R
81
Judson S. Gilbert II
R
82
Kevin Daley
R
83
Paul Muxlow
R
84
Kurt Damrow
R
85
Ben Glardon
R
86
Lisa Posthumus Lyons
R
87
Mike Callton
R
88
Robert J. Genetski II
R
89
Amanda Price
R
90
Joseph Haveman
R
91
Holly Hughes
R
93
Paul E. Opsommer
R
94
Kenneth B. Horn
R
97
Joel Johnson
R
98
Jim Stamas
R
99
Kevin Cotter
R
100
Jon Bumstead
R
101
Ray A. Franz
R
102
Phil Potvin
R
103
Bruce R. Rendon
R
104
Wayne A. Schmidt
R
105
Greg MacMaster
R
106
Peter Pettalia
R
107
Frank Foster
R
108
Ed McBroom
R
110
Matt Huuki
R



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