With less than an hour to go before Sine Die, Maryland’s climate coalition overcame numerous hurdles and won passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The coalition was seemingly everywhere in Annapolis the last few weeks and Maryland LCV led a robust campaign including paid radio ads, a full page ad in the Capital Gazette, a digital campaign that reached over 200,000 people and hundreds of calls to key committee members that helped force the bill through the Economic Matters committee and back into play the last weekend of session. The bill wasn’t a total victory—a provision to eliminate credits for incineration didn’t make it through the house committee despite passing the full Senate, but action by the Baltimore City Council in February may close Baltimore’s incinerators regardless. The legislation now heads to Gov. Hogan, who we hope will sign the bill, though the coalition built enough support to override a veto if necessary
Columbia, MD – On September 13, 2018, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced the 2018 Environmental Scorecard. The annual report highlights the environmental voting record of all 188 legislators and describes the General Assembly’s overall record on those issues each year.
The organization reports that 2018 Session was a complicated year for the environment in the Maryland General Assembly. On the one hand, legislators did pass several bills of environmental importance and in multiple instances the environment was a bipartisan concern. While those bills were important, based on the 2018 Environmental Scorecard, leaders in the General Assembly lacked the courage to allow top environmental priorities for a vote in their committees. This inaction short changes Marylanders from truly understanding where their elected officials stand on top environmental issues in our state and further disenfranchises the voters in a key election year.
“Disappointingly, we saw long-time elected environmental champions fail to support environmental priorities, or refuse to bring them up for a vote. ” Karla Raettig, Executive Director of Maryland LCV. “In particular, we are particularly concerned at the shelving of top environmental legislation, such as the styrofoam ban. These bills are supported by strong community-led coalitions with broad legislative support that key leaders in legislative committees refused a vote on. Once legislators return to Annapolis in January, Maryland LCV will be there to hold them accountable for their actions, or inactions.”
The organization also unveiled the 2018 “Green Champions,” an exceptional group of legislators whose superlative leadership on environmental legislation includes a current 2018 Environmental score of 100 percent, lifetime scores above 95 percent, and primary sponsorship of priority environmental legislation during the previous three years.
“We are proud to present our 2018 Green Champions, who are leading the way on environmental progress in Maryland,” said Ed Hatcher, Maryland LCV Board Chair. “Our Green Champions not only vote right, but they also understand the urgency of the environmental agenda and are making it part of their political identity. We need to support them in every way we can.”
The thirteen legislators honored this year are Senators Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Paul Pinsky, and Victor Ramirez, along with Delegates Luke Clippinger, David Fraser-Hidalgo, Bill Frick, Tawanna Gaines, Anne Healey, Steve Lafferty, Clarence Lam, Brooke Lierman, Shane Robinson, and Robbyn Lewis.
The scorecard is available online and includes records of votes cast on the floor of the House and Senate and in committees, along with past voting records. Go to http://scorecard.mdlcv.org to see the scorecard and follow #MDLCVScore on social media.
Maryland LCV has also created an interactive map with legislative voting information, which provides Marylanders with contact information for their legislators.
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Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is a state-wide nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land, public health, and water. Maryland LCV endorses and elects pro-conservation candidates and holds elected officials accountable through legislative scorecards. A leading legislative watchdog in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for almost 40 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.
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August 16, 2018
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Maryland League of Conservation Voters Announces General Election Endorsements
(Annapolis, MD) Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released a round of endorsed candidates for the Maryland General Assembly in the 2018 state general elections. With a success rate of over 90% after the June primary elections, the organization said the two Senate candidates and sixteen House candidates are ready to lead their communities with the environment as a central issue to their campaign.
"The general election is 83 days away and these strong conservation leaders are fresh from the primary victories, hitting the ground to be strong advocates in their communities and for the environment,” said Karla Raettig, Executive Director of Maryland LCV. “These candidates will lead in the General Assembly with our values to protect our air, land, water, and communities at the forefront.”
June 27, 2018 (Annapolis, MD) With 91 percent of their endorsed candidates winning races in yesterday’s Primary Election, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) says the results were a big win for the environment – and that the increased turnout and excitement bodes well for November and future gains for air, land, water and public health in the state. Maryland LCV made 117 endorsements in primary elections, in races across the state, including incumbents, challengers, and candidates for open seats; 106 of those candidates won their races.
(Annapolis, MD) On June 12, 2018 the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) has announced that, after careful consideration, the organization will not be endorsing a candidate in the Maryland Democratic primary election for Governor because all candidates would be a good choice for conservation-minded voters.
After reviewing candidate questionnaires and conducting interviews, Maryland LCV board and staff came to the conclusion that each candidate would be a leader on such important issues as climate change, clean water, land conservation, and public health.
Maryland LCV Announces Additional Primary Election Endorsements
Immediate Release: May 17, 2018
(Annapolis, MD) Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released its sixth round of endorsed candidates for the Maryland General Assembly and statewide offices in the 2018 state primary elections. The organization said the two Senate candidates and thirteen House candidates are ready to lead their communities with the environment as a central issue to their campaign.
April 27, 2018 Contact: Kristen Harbeson, Political Director firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 410 952 8100
Maryland LCV Announces Fifth Round of Primary Election Endorsements
(Annapolis, MD) Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released its fourth round of endorsed candidates for the Maryland General Assembly and statewide offices in the 2018 state primary elections. The organization said the Senate candidate, and six House candidates are ready to lead their communities with the environment as a central issue to their campaign.
The organization has endorsed Senate candidate for Prince George’s District 26 Democrat Jamila Jaye Woods, candidate for Delegate in 1A Democrat Mike Dreisbach of Garrett & Allegany Counties, Delegate for District 1C of Allegany & Washington Counties Republican Jordan Lysczeks, Courtney Watson, a Democrat of Howard County’s District 9B Delegate, and three candidates for Anne Arundel County’s District 33 Delegates- Pam Luby, Heather Bagnall, and Tracie Hovernale.
Maryland LCV’s endorsement process is based on proven leadership on the environment for incumbents and a thorough evaluation of new candidate’s background and commitment to the environment.
"We are incredibly blessed with an immensely varied landscape of rivers, lakes and streams, bay, ocean, mountain, farm and forest. I grew up on the water; boating, fishing, crabbing, going east "down de ocean" in the summer, and west into the mountains in the fall. I have seen the harm our lack of regulation did in the past, and how great an impact our commitment has made to the sustainable future of our Chesapeake Bay and I am committed not only to being a good steward of our environmental concerns but to creating a stronger path to innovation. Good policy is comprehensive, and good environmental policy is forward thinking and I intend to the change the narrative which says we must choose between economic concerns and environmental protections." Heather Bagnall, running for Delegate in Anne Arundel County’s District 33.
“It is a great honor to be endorsed by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters who like myself have fought very hard to protect our environment here in Maryland. We all came together to ban fracking in Maryland and I will continue to protect our environment for future generations. For me it has always been a most important cause to protect our environment. Thanks again for the endorsement as I run for delegate in District 1A in Garrett and Allegany Counties.” Mike Dreisbach, Democrat candidate for Delegate in 1A of Garrett & Allegany Counties.
“I began my career working to promote clean energy and the conservation of our limited resources and have continued to promote sustainable environmental practices throughout my life. Our health parallels the health of our environment and we must continually seek ways to preserve and protect it for the generations to come. As a new State Delegate from District 33, I look forward to promoting legislation that respects and preserves our environment.” Tracie Hovernale, running for Delegate in Anne Arundel County’s District 33.
"I'm thrilled to receive the endorsement of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. District 33 has not had strong environmental leadership with our current Delegates. I hope to get elected so I can change that." Pam Luby, running for Delegate in Anne Arundel County’s District 33.
“It's possible to protect our natural beauty & encourage economic growth, simultaneously. Western Maryland is an outdoorsman's dream & I'm committed to keeping it that way.” Jordan Lysczeks, Republican candidate for District 1C of Allegany & Washington Counties Delegate.
“As a former council member and environmental policy maker on the county level for many years, I look forward to working with Maryland League of Conservation Voters to take decisive action to protect our environment across the state. Addressing climate change head on, managing stormwater to improve the Chesapeake Bay, saving farmland and trees, reducing pollution of all types are issues that we are running out of time to solve. I share a sense of urgency with members of Maryland LCV to address these challenges.” Courtney Watson of Howard County, running for Delegate in District 9B.
“Maryland becomes better when we focus on improving important issues, that will positively impact our communities long after we’re gone, now! Clean and renewable energy, including the creation of sustainable jobs from renewable sources, must become the norm. We must greatly reduce greenhouse and carbon emissions, toxic waste, challenges to the Chesapeake Bay and the water we consume and rely on for life. That’s why I’ll work hard in Annapolis to assure we continuously improve our environment.” Jamila Jaye Woods, Senate candidate for District 26 in Prince George’s County.
Before each state election, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Board of Directors and staff evaluate questionnaires and conduct interviews with dozens of candidates for state-wide office, including Comptroller, Attorney General, and Governor as well candidates as for the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate. In the 2018 Primary and General elections, Maryland LCV will once again campaign to elect pro-conservation candidates.
More endorsements will be released in the coming months.
For almost 40 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice of environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.
For Immediate Release
March 6, 2018
Contact: Kristen Harbeson, Political Director
cell: 410 952 8100