McKinney Named 2012 Environmental Champion by Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

July 11, 2012

Hartford, CT – State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) was recognized today by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) as an Environmental Champion for the 2012 Legislative Session. Senator McKinney earned a perfect 100% voting record on bills scored by the League during the 2012 session.

In its report, CTLCV said, “As the Senate Minority Leader, Senator McKinney, a longtime environmental champion, was a fighting voice for our issues in the Senate. He continues to fight for efforts to preserve Connecticut’s open space and cleanup of Long Island Sound.”

During the 2012 legislative session Senator McKinney supported bills that will help to ensure the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals; reduce harmful levels of phosphorus in Connecticut’s rivers, lakes and streams; reduce air pollution generated by outdoor wood burning furnaces; and modernize the state’s coastal zone management laws in a way that balances environmental concerns with the rights of property owners.

“Here in Connecticut, our waterways and natural landscapes are an important part of our state’s unique character. Government has an important role to play in preserving these shared resources, as well as in protecting the quality of the air we all breathe and the water we all drink,” said Senator McKinney. “The League of Conservation Voters does its part each legislative session to remind elected officials of their responsibility to our environment. I am grateful for their recognition.”

Senator McKinney was one of only four state senators to earn the designation of Environmental Champion this year. He has been recognized frequently by CTLCV during his seven terms in the Senate for his efforts to preserve Connecticut’s open spaces, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean up Long Island Sound.

The complete scorecard can be viewed at: http://www.ctlcv.org/scorecard.html.