Sierra Club 2014 Scorecards
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Salt Lake City—The 2014 General Session of the Utah legislature put clean air in the spotlight. “Three of the approximately six bills that would make significant contributions to clearing out the grunge passed,” said Dan Mayhew, chair of the Utah Chapter, Sierra Club. “When you’re batting 500, you have to take some satisfaction. Bills passed this session will diminish the toll on human health wrought by wood burning and new medical waste incinerators. However, we will be looking to advance some of the bills that didn’t make it through the process in 2015”
This year’s scorecards did not include exclusively clean air bills with water, public lands and expanding voter registration on display too. But clean air dominated attention nevertheless. “Three members of the Utah House representing urban districts with serious air quality problems voted against every measure that would protect human health,” said Mark Clemens, Utah Chapter lobbyist. “It’s amazing these three representatives, Anderegg, Grover and Oda, are so out of touch with their constituents’ lives and needs”
Utah’s plummeting voter participation rate was targeted by Substitute HB 156. “We saw a commendable move to open up state government to the voters with the Count My Vote compromise and the passage of a pilot program to allow counties to implement election-day voter registration,” said Mayhew, “Everyone involved in advancing these measures deserves credit.”
On the house side, Representative Jacob Anderegg (R-Lehi) notched the lowest score with a 0%. Thirteen representatives scored 100%, up from just nine in 2013. Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Draper) pushed last year’s top underachiever, Senator Margaret Dayton (R-Orem), aside with a score of just 14%. Five senators won top scores of 100%, up from two in 2013. Republicans were represented among the top scorers; Representative Kraig Powell (R-Heber) and Senator Lyle Hillyard (R-Logan) both took top honors.
The public can check out the scorecards on line at https://utah.sierraclub.org/content/utah-legislative-scorecard. Bills are usually chosen across a range of topics such as public lands, air quality, energy, good government, wildlife and public health. Bills are also chosen to include both those with broad support as well as some that have not yet gained consensus.
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