Dear SCORECARD Reader,
Here is the 2013-2014 Washington Conservation Voters Scorecard, the best guide to environmental politics in Washington State. It is the clearest accountability tool you will find to know how Legislators succeeded or failed to protect the environment. The Scorecard tells the story of the legislature’s record on the environment over the past two years. As an organization, WCV will be holding these members accountable for that record, both good and bad.
As you will see in the Scorecard, the Washington State Senate passed many anti-environmental bills in 2013-2014 under the new Republican-led Majority Caucus Coalition, which took control of the Senate at the start of the 2013 Legislative Session. Of the 12 Senate bills used in the Scorecard, 9 were bad bills for the environment. This illustrates the challenge we had in front of us: having to spend too much of our time protecting against rollbacks of even the most core environmental protections. WCV, along with the hard work of our citizen activists, provided the successful combination of inside-the-Capitol lobbying prowess and outside grassroots pressure to stop more than 100 bills that would have harmed our clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.
Along with Governor Jay Inslee, WCV is committed to ensuring we continue the progress we’ve made to combat climate change; restore Puget Sound, the Spokane River and all water bodies throughout the state; and address our transportation crisis in a sustainable and healthy way.
WCV will continue to stand up for our environment in the State Capitol, in collaboration with our legislative partner Washington Environmental Council and the other 20 plus organizations that make up our Environmental Priorities Coalition, to create both a vibrant economy and a healthy environment for our future. Thank you for your efforts in helping to make this vision a reality.
Chair, Board of Directors
Washington Conservation Voters