Sierra Club fails Michigan lawmakers on environmental leadership

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The Michigan House and Senate both received a failing grade on the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s 2017-2018 legislative scorecard.

The scorecard tracked environmental voting behavior of state House and Senate members during the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Senate received only 46 percent while the House was scored at 55 percent.

“The 2017-2018 state Legislature was regressive when it comes to environmental protection, rolling back many of the safeguards we’ve had in place for decades. It’s shameful that the environment has become a partisan political issue,” said Mike Berkowitz, the Michigan Legislative Director for the Sierra
Club. “Environmental protections are a no-brainer for all Michigan residents. Our members find it hard to believe that so many of our lawmakers are voting against clean air, clean water, and public health – all of which are vital not only for healthy living but also for a healthy tourism industry, one of the state’s largest economic drivers.”

According to the Scorecard, House Democrats scored an average of 88 percent, while House Republicans scored an average of 28 percent. Representative Martin Howrylak was the only other GOP legislator to receive a passing score while Representative Sara Cambensy was the lowest scoring House Democrat with a 62 percent. Six lawmakers in the House of Representatives scored 100 percent. 

Senate Democrats scored an average of 93 percent, while Senate Republicans scored an average of 25 percent. Sen. Tory Rocca was the highest scoring Republican with an 87 percent.

The Sierra Club’s Scorecard calculated the results based upon 30 votes in the House and 32 votes in Senate for the 2017-2018 Michigan state legislative session.

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