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Nevada Conservation League releases 2011 legislative scorecard

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(LAS VEGAS, Nev.) Today the Nevada Conservation League (NCL) unveiled a new website for its Conservation Scorecard for the 2011 Legislative Session*.  The scorecard details a process by which legislators’ votes are recorded using non-partisan, factual information on a range of conservation issues.

“The Scorecard provides an accurate accounting of how our elected leaders voted on environmental legislation of concern to our community” said Scot Rutledge, executive director.  “Nevada’s voters deserve to understand how their representatives’ votes affect the air we breathe and the water we depend on.”

“We are pleased with the effort our community has made to keep the legislature informed throughout the session,” said Kyle Davis, political director and lobbyist for the environmental community.  “These efforts have resulted in strong environmental legislation that was passed into law.”

Unfortunately, the news was not all good this session, as Lake Tahoe was put at risk with the passage of SB 271.  This bill was of such importance to our community that NCL highlighted the issue in this year’s scorecard.

“The Nevada Conservation League has been critical to the successful passage of pro-environment legislation in Nevada,” said Jennifer Taylor, Nevada Conservation League Board Chair.  “Our work at the Legislature is only one component of our accountability process. As we head into the 2012 elections, voters should remember how their elected officials voted on key environmental issues and work to return pro-environment legislators to Carson City.”

Details of the 2011 Legislative Scorecard:

  • The Scorecard includes a detailed voting record of every state legislator on various environmental bills, including key issues such as the expansion and promotion of renewable energy, wildlife management, and protection of natural treasures.
  • The Scorecard highlights our Senator and Assemblywoman of the Year along with our Distinguished Deeds, which highlight which legislators went the extra mile to protect Nevada’s environment.
  • The Scorecard highlights members of the Legislature who proved to be champions for conservation, as well as those who opposed sensible conservation policies.

* The site is www.ConservationScorecard.org and will only be made available online in order to conserve our natural resources.

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