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Clean Water Action Scorecard Separates Water Protectors from Water Exploiters

42 House Members Score a Perfect 100%, 49 House Members Fail

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                                                                                            Friday, October 31, 2008                                                                    Cyndi Roper (517) 490-1394                                                                            

Lansing, MI -- In a session where Michigan lawmakers considered some of the most important water legislation in the state’s 171-year history, who voted for protection and who voted against it?  The answer to that question is found in the 2007-2008 Legislative Scorecard that Clean Water Action released today.

“The scorecard gives Michigan voters a vital tool to make informed decisions at the ballot box about the commitment of candidates to the state’s most precious resource, our water,” said Clean Water Action 's Michigan Director Cyndi Roper. “Every politician in Michigan claims to be for water – but these votes distinguish talk from action.”

Rating members of the Michigan House of Representatives on 15 key votes over the last two years, the scorecard shows that over one-third of the House – 42 members of the 110 members – voted 100% of the time in the public interest (see list below).

Meanwhile, 49 House members scored under 60% and flunked the scorecard’s test. The scorecard is accessible on-line at http://www.cleanwateraction.org/files/publications/mi/2008LegislativeScorecard.pdf

The 2007-2008 scorecard includes nine votes on a historic set of bills and amendments associated with water conservation and the Great Lakes Compact, which the Legislature ratified this year. It also covers votes on renewable energy, out-of-state trash, and protection of children from toxic chemicals.

The scorecard also shows the Republican Great Lakes and Environment Committee members vote consistently against environmental protections and the public interest. These committee members have earned the status of Clean Water Foes in 2008. They are David Robertson 21%, Brian Palmer 7%, Judy Emmons 0%, John Moolenaar 21%, Howard Walker 34% and Arlan Meekhof 27%.

 “Conservation and the environment are not partisan issues,” said Roper. “Clean water and healthy communities are interests of all Michigan citizens. This scorecard helps voters understand who’s acting and voting in their interests.”

Clean Water Action has more than 235,000 Michigan members served by five offices located in East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Royal Oak, Clinton Township and Ann Arbor. Nationwide, Clean Water Action's membership totals more than 1.2 million. The group works to empower people to take action to protect America's waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

Representatives with 100% Scores
Kathy Angerer
Joan Bauer

Steve Bieda
Pam Byrnes
Marsha Cheeks
Brenda Clack
Paul Condino
Bob Constan
Marc Corriveau
Andy Coulouris
George Cushingberry
Robert Dean
Andy Dillon
Marie Donigan
Kate Ebli
Matthew Gillard
Lee Gonzales
Richard Hammel
Ted Hammon
Morris Hood III
Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Bert Johnson
Robert Jones
Kathleen Law
Richard Leblanc
Gabe Leland
LaMar Lemmons, Jr.
Steven Lindberg
Gary McDowell

Mark Meadows
Andy Meisner
Tim Melton
Fred Miller
Gino Polidori
Michael Sak
Alma Smith
Virgil Smith
Steve Tobocman
Aldo Vagnozzi
Mary Valentine
Rebekah Warren

Lisa Wonjo

Coleman Young II

Representatives scoring under 60%
Daniel Acciavatti

Dave Agema

Fran Amos

Richard Ball

Darwin Booher

Brian Calley

Tom Casperson

Bruce Caswell

Bill Caul

Craig DeRoche

Kevin Elsenheimer

Judy Emmons

John Garfield

Kevin Green

Martin Griffin

Goeff Hansen

Dave Hildenbrand

Jacob Hoogendyk

Kenneth Horn

Bill Huizenga

Joe Hune

Rick Jones

Marty Knollenberg

Philip LaJoy

David Law

James Marleau

Arlan Meekhof

Kim Meltzer

John Moolenaar

Tim Moore

Chuck Moss

Neal Nitz

Mike Nofs

Paul Opsommer

Brian Palmer

David Palsrok

John Pastor

Phil Pavlov

Tom Pearce

John Proos

Dave Robertson

Tonya Schuitmaker
Rick Schaffer
Fulton Sheen
John Stahl
John Stakoe
Glen Steil
Howard Walker
Lorence Wenke