They're on notice.

January 21st, 2009

Last week we began putting Texas legislators on notice.

After the huge success of the League’s 80th Legislative Session Scorecard, we want elected officials and legislative staffers to know that we will continue to provide this service to every Texan. Our scorecard tracks important votes in the Legislature — and reports to the public which legislators vote for environmental conservation, and which do not.

With committee assignments in flux and house leadership all shaken up, we will use our scorecard to empower Texans to hold their elected officials accountable on clean air, clean water, and clean government. It is important to open up the process and allow sunshine in.

The people’s business cannot be done behind closed doors. Elected officials should be held accountable for votes that pollute our air and water and destroy our parks and heritage. State representatives and senators should be praised for cleaning up our air and water, and for working to create the new, green energy jobs that can help turn our economy around.

This year, for the first time, our scores will be broken down into specific issues areas, including renewable power issues like wind and solar, energy efficiency like clean cars and buses, water conservation and protecting our parks, wetlands and open spaces. Texas is a big state and energy and the environment will be front and center this year.

We plan on being at the legislature for all the important votes and tracking the important bills.

We will continue to let you know when bad legislation is presented to a committee or the House and Senate. We will let you know when good bills get passed, and who carried the legislation that will clean up and conserve Texas for future generations.

We need your help holding legislators accountable for their decisions. Please sign up today for our action alerts and newsletter. Our work needs more folks getting involved if we are to succeed, please recruit just 1 or 2 of you friends to sign up today. Together we can make Texas the leader in renewable energy and green jobs. With your help we can clean up our water and air and preserve Texas for future generations.

It’s time to get to work. With your help, Texas can become a better place to raise a family, build a business and celebrate our natural heritage.

On other fronts, our legislative coalition, the Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) will be at the Texas Capitol February 17th and 18th. ACT will arrange lobby meetings with key legislators and there will be a full-day legislative conference “Texas Energy Future: Clean Power and Green Jobs” in the capitol auditorium. There is no charge for this event. All you need to do is sign up today!

Thank you for all you do.