On environmental action, Maryland General Assembly earns high marks for 2022

Kristian Jaime

Salisbury Daily Times
published 8/1/2022

The bevy of bills discussed and passed during the recently concluded 2022 Maryland General Assembly has garnered legislatures high grades on the passage of key environmental laws.

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters comprised the scorecard based on the specific areas of environmental concerns including on the Eastern Shore. According to 2022 Environmental Scorecard by the organization, the session received an A for Climate and Energy Policy, a B+ for Transportation, a B for Environmental Justice, and an A- for Land and Water Conservation.

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters is a statewide, nonpartisan organization that “uses political action and education to protect our air, land, water, and communities,” its website states.

“The General Assembly did tremendous work this year, and the large number of perfect scores shows the commitment of members of both the House and Senate to bold climate and justice policy,” said Kim Coble, the organization’s executive director. “In addition to the country’s most significant climate legislation, the General Assembly passed a number of other bills that promise a cleaner, more equitable future for Maryland. We create this report so we can both hold elected officials accountable for their votes and (keep) Marylanders informed.”