Virginia League Releases
2014 Conservation Scorecard
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters released its 15th Edition of the Virginia General Assembly Conservation Scorecard, which serves as the tool for viewing legislators’ voting records on important conservation issues that came before the 2014 General Assembly session.
The Virginia League’s Scorecard is the only instrument among Virginia’s conservation community that provides accountability and transparency on votes cast during the General Assembly session. Additionally, the Scorecard maintains a running cumulative score to show legislators’ improvement or decline throughout their tenure in the legislature.
Fifty-five of the 140 state legislators received a score of 75% or greater in the 2014 Scorecard. The Virginia League is honored to recognize 23 Legislative Heroes for scoring a perfect 100% and 32 Legislative Leaders for scoring a 75-99%. All of these legislators displayed a steadfast commitment to making conservation a priority.
Read our press release unveiling the 2014 Conservation Scorecard.
Virginia League News
Our Spring Newsletter
The Spring edition of the Virginia League News recently hit mailboxes across the state: take a look at our most recent newsletter here.
Top stories include: ‘Fracking in Virginia’s Coastal Plain?’ and ‘Conservation is the Virginia Way’ as well as information on our upcoming Annual Legislative Recognition Event, An Evening Social at Gap Run Farm.
Attorney General Mark Herring announces his support for the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan
On behalf of the Commonwealth, AG Herring filed an amicus brief siding with the EPA and supporting the multi-state effort to reduce pollution and restore the Chesapeake. You can read the Virginia League’s statement and the Attorney General’s brief.
This is a great announcement for the Bay! Take a moment to thank Attorney General Herring.
Uranium Mining Efforts Stalled in 2014!
To all of you who wrote or called Governor McDonnell and your Delegates and State Senators – thank you! With your help and the support of local governments, businesses, and public health organizations, our elected officials in Richmond know that the risks involved with mining uranium in Virginia far outweigh any rewards. Governor-elect McAuliffe to veto uranium legislation - Reported by the Virginian-Pilot, McAuliffe said, “I don’t support uranium mining. First and foremost as governor, my job is to make sure that our communities and our citizenry are safe. I’m not comfortable with the science to the point that I can say that with uranium mining, we would be safe. I’m afraid it would get into the drinking water.” The Governor-elect went on to show his opposition to promulgating regulations saying, “Why would we be wasting our time and resources drafting regulations if we’re not going to lift the moratorium?” Uranium industry suspends efforts - Virginia Uranium also announced that it would not be backing legislation to lift the ban during the 2014 session given the strong opposition and commitment to veto any such legislation by the incoming Governor-elect. With such great news, the Virginia League is looking forward to many other great accomplishments under the new governor.
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