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Our Fall Newsletter is here with updates.
Check out the Virginia League’s latest Newsletter highlights, including: Election endorsements, an event for a Virginia League Legislative Hero hosted by Virginia League volunteers, a letter from our Executive Director, Jeff Painter, and other updates about our staff and programs around the state.
Given the role of the Virginia League as the state’s political voice for conservation, the recent election and the upcoming General Assembly session underscore the unprecedented importance you have on the success of our work. You can make a difference by getting involved with a Conservation Action Team, educating your family and friends, and supporting the Virginia League with your year-end gift today!
Virginia League Unveils 2013 Conservation Scorecard!
Victories in this year’s General Assembly made 2013 a good year for conservation.
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters has released the 14th Edition of the Virginia General Assembly Conservation Scorecard, displaying legislators’ voting records on conservation issues during the 2013 General Assembly session. The Scorecard provides transparency and accountability to voters regarding important conservation votes cast in the 2013 session.
The 2013 Conservation Scorecard highlights important measures considered during the session ranging from improvements to Virginia’s successful Land Conservation funding programs (House Bill 1398), the establishment of the Commonwealth’s first Agricultural Net Metering Program (House Bill 1695) and critical Menhaden Fisheries Management action (House Bill 2254 and Senate Bill1291).
“The passage of these important advances with broad bi-partisan support clearly demonstrates that conservation is not a conservative or a progressive issue, but one that belongs to everyone, just as the natural resources which we seek to restore and protect” said Virginia League Executive Director, Jeff Painter.
You can view the full press release here or go straight to the full scorecard to see how your state representatives voted on important conservation issues during the 2013 General Assembly session. Then locate your Delegate and Senator’s email and let them know you appreciate their good votes and for those who may need improvement, encourage them to aim for a higher score in 2014!
VA LEGISLATORS SAY “KEEP THE BAN”
ON URANIUM MINING
To all of you that wrote your Delegates and State Senators – thank you! With your help and the support of local governments, businesses, and public health organizations, our Senators and Delegates in Richmond know that the risks involved with mining uranium in Virginia far outweigh any rewards.
Thanks to grassroots support and leadership in the General Assembly, the ban on mining uranium will not be lifted legislatively this year.
The fight is not over – as soon as the bill to lift the ban failed, uranium proponents began encouraging Governor McDonnell to take action to develop uranium mining regulations without the General Assembly’s approval. To circumvent our legislature and draft such regulations would be bad for business, bad for Virginia’s natural resources, and bad for democracy. With candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and House of Delegates on the ballot this year – be sure to ask them, “Where do you stand on the ban?”
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