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Texas League of Conservation Voters Releases 2009 Scorecard and 2010 Preliminary Endorsements

February 11th, 2010

Texas League of Conservation Voters Releases Legislative Scorecard, Endorses Candidates Who Earned “A” Grade in 81st Legislature

First Round of Endorsements go to 6 State Senators
and 69 State Representatives

AUSTIN – The Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV), the state’s leading environmental organization dedicated to electing pro-conservation candidates, today released its legislative scorecard for the 81st Legislature.  The group also announced its first round of endorsements for the 2010 elections for those incumbents who received an “A” grade on the scorecard.

“While the 81st Legislature was disappointing in terms of moving Texas forward on important conservation issues, there were enough up and down votes in both houses to distinguish between legislators who were committed to protecting and preserving Texas and those who were not,” said David Weinberg, Executive Director of TLCV.  “Today the TLCV endorses those State Senators and Representatives standing for re-election who demonstrated the strongest commitment at the legislature for clean air, clean water and clean energy, and for proper stewardship of Texas’ beaches, state parks and open spaces,” he added.

“We encourage Texans to vote for these pro-conservation candidates on March 2nd,” said Weinberg.

TLCV’s scorecard provides objective, factual information about conservation voting records, and helps hold the Texas Legislature accountable.  Each vote scored presents a clear choice for our elected officials to uphold the conservation values shared by Texans.  This year’s TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: renewable energy, green technologies, and recycling and waste disposal.

House members were graded on 12 votes.  Senate members were graded on 11 votes.  Absences were counted negatively because they have the same effect as a “no” vote.  Excused absences and members not voting while serving as Chair were not counted as negative votes.

Endorsees represent districts across the state, from both urban regions and rural areas.  This round includes 16 endorsees from the Houston region, 12 from the Dallas-Fort Worth region, 11 from the San Antonio area, 9 from Austin-Central Texas, 7 from the El Paso region, 6 from the Rio Grande Valley, 5 from East Texas, 3 from the Corpus Christi-Coastal Bend Region, 2 from Beaumont and the Texas Panhandle, and one each from Laredo, Waco, The Big Country, and Southwest Texas.

The TLCV 2009 Legislative Scorecard can be found online at
www.tlcv.org/scorecards/2009/

A list of TLCV-endorsed candidates is attached to this release.  The list of TLCV endorsed candidates can also be found online at www.tlcv.org/endorsements/

Texas League of Conservation Voters is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that  works to turn environmental values into priorities for Texas by helping pass laws that protect our environment, by helping elect pro-conservation candidates, by lobbying on environmental issues at the state legislature and by reporting on how officials voted in our biannual Legislative Scorecard.  More information about the Texas League of Conservation Voters may be found online at www.tlcv.org.