Clean Water Action Scorecard Separates Water Protectors from Water Exploiters
42 House Members Score a
Perfect 100%, 49
House Members Fail
Friday, October 31, 2008 Cyndi Roper (517) 490-1394Lansing, 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
scorecard includes nine votes on a historic set of bills and amendments
associated with water conservation and the Great Lakes Compact, which
Legislature ratified this year. It also covers votes on renewable
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%.
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.