June 7, 2006


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Average Senate Score is a failing grade: 54 percent

Launches ad campaign encouraging challengers to file for office

Concord,NH: On the first day of filing period for candidates to run for State office, The Granite State Conservation Voters Alliance (GSCVA) released its 2005-2006 Environmental Scorecard for the New Hampshire State Senate. In addition, GSCVA ran ads in several New Hampshire newspapers pointing out the failing grade and voting record of specific Senators, encouraging interested challengers to run against them.

On the first day of filing period for candidates to run for State office,

“We are disappointed in the low score of the Senate overall, and especially the low scores among Senate leadership,”said Jim O’Brien, Executive Director. “It is surprising that somany State Senators deliberately voted against conserving our natural resources and protecting our environment. The message for our elected officials is clear, if you vote wrong on the environment, you need to lose your seat.”

While the overall score in the Senate was low, there were some bright spots. An overwhelming majority of Senators voted to reduce the amount of mercury emitted by NH power plants. Also, a bill that gives municipalities greater control over groundwater withdrawals passed with bi-partisan support, as did a moratorium on the burning of construction and demolition debris.

The state’s popular Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) continued to be severely underfunded. Senate leadership worked diligently to defeat legislation that would bring meaningful funding to the program. The Senate also defeated efforts to enact a speed limit on NH’s lakes, increase funding for exotic aquatic weed eradication and control, and a resolution in support of restoring commuter rail service to the state.

“We hope that this scorecard serves a wake up call to individuals who want to make a difference for New Hampshire’s environment,” said Rick Russman, Chair of GSCVA. “By changing a few votes and electing more conservation minded individuals, we can have a Senate that consistently votes pro-conservation. We are a bi-partisan organization and encourage people of both political parties to file to run for office against those with a proven track record of voting against our environment.”

GSCVA ran ads in four New Hampshire newspapers today calling attention to the poor environmental voting records of Senators Tom Eaton, Robert Clegg, Robert Boyce and Bob Flanders. The ads encourage people interested in running for Senate to contact GSCVA.

“Polls show that NH citizens want to preserve open space, have greater transportation options, reduce speed on our lakes, and clean up our water,” concluded O’Brien. “The time has come for NH to have a Senate that works in a constructive manner to find solutions to these problems, rather than be a roadblock to progress.

GSCVA will release its scorecard on the New Hampshire House of Representatives later this month