The GreenARMY officially released its Louisiana Legislative Scorecard for the 2014 session today. The GreenARMY scorecard has been developed in an effort to let the public know how State Representatives and Senators voted on environmental interests. The selected bills and amendments represent a wide range of state environmental issues and reflect the environmental voting records of the legislators.
BATON ROUGE – Today the GreenARMY released its scorecard for the 2014 Louisiana Legislative session. The GreenARMY scorecard has been developed in an effort to let the public know how State Representatives and Senators voted on environmental interests. The selected bills and amendments represent a wide range of state environmental issues and reflect the environmental voting records of the legislators.
The 2014 Legislative Session was challenging. Like past legislative sessions, this year’s session had its share of good and bad bills, supporters and opponents, surprises and disappointments. The members and organizations of the GreenARMY that represent the environmental wellbeing of Louisiana had their work cut out for them.
Bills were introduced this past session to address the issues of water withdrawal from the Southern Hills aquifer, groundwater cleanup, air monitoring, Bayou Corne, salt mining in Lake Peigneur, and abandoned oil well sites. On the positive side was the overwhelming support in both houses for the bills addressing Lake Peigneur and Bayou Corne. On the negative side were a slew of bills intended to stop the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.
The Scorecard also highlights the “GreenTEAM” which consist of twelve Representatives and seven Senators with the highest scores – an indication of their consistent support for a safer environment. These leaders made the GreenARMY’s victories possible. We thank them for standing with the GreenARMY and we look forward to working with them in 2015.
LEAN is a proud member of the GreenARMY and LEAN’s Legislative Monitors Kathy Wascom and Barbera Dodds played a considerable and crucial role in keeping track of environmental legislation as well as promoting our position on environmental issues. We would like to thank them and all of the other members of the GreenARMY that worked so hard to push for a legislative session that was protective of communities, public health, and Louisiana’s environment.
The GreenARMY is a state-wide coalition of organizations, civic groups, and individuals fighting to preserve Louisiana’s culture and environment. The coalition has a myriad of environmental campaigns that fall under the umbrella of clean air, clean water, clean land, and healthy food.
Download the full GreenARMY Louisiana Legislative Scorecard here: