Senator Joe Markley Awarded 100% Environmental Score By Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

November 18, 2011

Hartford – Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) was recently awarded an overall legislative score of 100% by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, based on the votes he cast on bills that affect the environment. Senator Markley was one of only nine senators to receive a perfect score.

“As Emerson said, ‘The first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of Nature.’ It is our duty to be stewards of the environment, and it is my responsibility as a legislator to balance the demands of economic growth against the need for preservation,” said Senator Markley. “I am honored that a group dedicated to conservation believes that I have chosen wisely.”

Senator Markley was especially prominent in the fight against the Haddam land swap, in which a parcel on the Connecticut River, deeded to the state as a refuge, was turned over to a private developer in exchange for another parcel.

“By overturning the terms of that legacy, we discourage future gifts of land to the state,” Senator Markley said. “The decision of the legislature to circumvent the normal procedure for such an alteration was a serious mistake which I did my best to prevent.”

About the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters is a bipartisan environmental advocacy group that focuses on supporting sustainable environmental policies in Connecticut. The organization works with other environmental groups to promote important bills that affect our state’s air and water quality, wildlife, open space, and health issues. CTLCV also educates state legislators about these bills and compiles an annual Environmental Scorecard.

For more information, please read the 2011 Environmental Scorecard at http://www.ctlcv.org/uploads/6/2/0/1/6201942/2011_ctlcv_scorecard__nov_14_web.pdf.