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Environmental lobby scores 2013 lawmakers poorly

This year’s regular session of the Oregon Legislature wasn’t marked by many environmental gains, and that’s reflected in the lawmaker scorecard issued Thursday by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

“The average score this year was 56%, the lowest since 2005,” says Doug Moore, the environmental political lobby group’s executive director.

The league, supported by the state’s leading environmental groups, lamented “tough losses on the bills that really would have made a difference when it comes to climate change and toxics,” Moore says.

But the group was pleased by natural resource agency budgets and bills supporting clean energy and habitat protection.

Rep. Jules Bailey, D-Portland, was honored as Environmental Leader of the Year, and Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, D-Portland, was named Watchdog of the Year.

Both are leaving the Legislature, with Bailey running for Multnomah County commissioner and Dingfelder transitioning to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ staff.

Rookie state Rep. Ben Unger, D-Hillsboro, was named Rising Star, and Reps Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland and Jason Conger, R-Bend were honored as the Dynamic Duo.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters has issued scorecards about legislators’ work for the environment since 1983. To see this year’s scorecard: www.olcv.org/scorecard.

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