TN Conservation Voters grades lawmakers

On September 13, 2010, in News 2010, by Mark Norris

Tennessean.com
September 13, 2010

Democratic lawmakers dominated the upper ranks of a 2010 environmental scorecard put out by the Tennessee Conservation Voters.

The non-profit organization consists of representatives from twenty-seven member organizations – from the Tennessee Environmental Council to the Tennessee Trails Association – that are dedicated to the preservation of the state’s natural resources.
TCV said it’s Good Green Deeds Award honored four lawmakers for the following reasons:

Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, who during the final hours of the session demanded a vote to try to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.

Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, for his bi-partisan commitment to restore Real Estate Transfer Funds and his strong support for the Forever Green Tennessee campaign.

Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Knoxville, for sponsoring farmland preservation measures, container deposit legislation and his efforts toward brownfield redevelopment. He also won praise for the greatest improvement in a legislative score between 2009 and 2010.

Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, for his leadership with Senate sponsor Berke for the 2010 Green Jobs Act that when passed could create thousands of clean energy jobs in the state. He had the highest overall environmental score among House members.

“While we’re happy with the progress we’ve made in our ability to advance a positive environmental agenda, there was too much time spent—yet again— advocating against harmful legislation,” Chris Ford, Executive Director, said in the announcement.

“Our champions stood tall in successfully restoring Real Estate Transfer funds to their intended uses of land acquisition and conservation.

“They fought hard to keep foreign nuclear waste from being imported to Tennessee for profit. They stood up in the waning hours of the session to speak out about the senseless devastation of Mountain Top Removal coal mining practices.

“Most observers can recognize that environmental protection is in the public interest—that of all Tennessee.”

This year’s top-ranked Senators were:
Tim Barnes, D-Adams
Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga
Lowe Finney, D-Jackson
Roy Herron, D-Dresden
Doug Jackson, D-Dickson
Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis
Eric Stewart, D-Belvidere

The top-ranked Representatives were:
Mike Stewart, D-Nashville
Mike McDonald, D-Portland
Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville
Mary Pruitt, D-Nashville
Butch Borchert, D-Camden
Ty Cobb, D-Columbia
G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis
Ulysses Jones, D-Memphis
David Shepard, D-Dickson
Mike Turner , D-Old Hickory

-Staff Reports

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