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Georgia

legislative

scorecard

2007 2008


DEAR SCORECARD READER, Board of Directors Nick Moraitakis Chair Chan Caudell Vice Chair Brian Buckelew Treasurer Charlie Tanksley Political Chair Frank Burns Bertis Downs Josh Marks Jim Mathis Rutherford Seydel

Actions taken by the General Assembly during the past two years have helped, but stopped short of being comprehensive solutions for, the environmental challenges we face. This is reflected throughout our 2007-08 edition of the Georgia Conservation Voters (GCV) Legislative Scorecard. GCV is proud to serve as the political voice of the conservation community. We not only advocate for responsible environmental policy, but also campaign vigorously to elect pro-conservation leaders to public office. This scorecard tells a story about conservation priorities and legislative successes. It rewards legislators who are champions of our natural resources and it calls out those who are clearly out of step with the communities they are elected to represent. The scorecard does not include every bill or resolution lobbied by the conservation community, but we believe it to be the best synopsis available of key votes in the General Assembly important to Georgians concerned about the environment. Throughout this past biennium, GCV has worked closely with environmental, sportsmen, health and community organizations to pass the conservation community’s legislative agenda. These efforts resulted in steps forward on biofuels, land conservation, protection of Jekyll Island and more. Progress could not have been possible without the leadership of both Republican and Democratic legislators who have distinguished themselves as environmental champions. Now, with this record in mind, GCV turns its attention toward the 2008 political campaign season, where we will work to reward those who have stood up for the environment and hold accountable those who have not. This cycle of accountability only works with your interest and active participation – both during campaign season and the 2009-10 legislative session. GCV looks forward to working closely with you so, together, we can share in the celebration of more environmental victories during the next two years. Please visit us online at www.gavoters.com to learn how you can help. Chris Osborne Executive Director

Jill Johnson Political Director

Nick Moraitakis Chair, Board of Directors

A Cycle of Accountability Environmental Community Evaluates and Prioritizes Goals for Session.

Environmental Community Communicates Policy Goals to Legislators

Legislative Session: Legislature enacts or rejects environmental community agenda.

Election Public elects or rejects candidates.

Campaign Advice and Grassroots Activation

Lobbying and Grassroots Training/ Activation Efforts

Candidate/Incumbent Evaluation and Endorsement

Communication of Legislative Results to Environmental Constituency (Scorecard, etc.)


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Inside you will find a vote chart that details and rates how legislators voted on bills, resolutions and amendments. You will also find descriptions of how those votes impact our land, water, air and wildlife.

Georgia Conservation Voters has been producing a similar scorecard every legislative session since 2003. It’s important for voters to know who is really taking action to hold polluters accountable and leave a healthy environment


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How to Use This Scorecard

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Inside you will find a vote chart that details and rates how legislators voted on bills, resolutions and amendments. You will also find descriptions of how those votes impact our land, water, air and wildlife.

Georgia Conservation Voters has been producing a similar scorecard every legislative session


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Get the Latest News

If your legislator scored well, thank them.

Cut out and mail this form to: GCV, 175 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

If they

scored poorly, express your concern. If you’re not sure who your legislators are, call or email us.

Name ___________________________________ Address __________________________________ City, State ________________________________ ZIP _____________________________________ Phone ___________________________________ Email ___________________________________ Sign me up for GCV’s monthly email newsletter. Sign me up for email alerts through the Georgia Environmental Action Network so

Vote for pro-conservation candidates at the state and federal level. Look for candidates endorsed by Georgia Conservation Voters.

Stay in touch with and support Georgia Conservation Voters.

Fill out and return the form to the left to help GCV

elect a Legislature that will make conservation a priority.

How to Use This Scorecard

I can weigh in when important decisions are being made about the environment. Contact me about volunteering with GCV (voter outreach, office work, etc.) Energy

I would like to join Georgia Conservation Voters or give a special gift.

Land Use

Enclosed is my gift of: __$35 __$50

Clean Air & Water

__$100

__$250 __$500 __Other Payment: __My check payable to Georgia Conservation Voters is enclosed. __Please charge my (circle one) VISA/MasterCard/American Express/Discover. Card# CV Code Exp. Date Signature

Special Places

Recycling & Solid Waste Transportation [ NV ] = No Vote [ - ] = Anti-Conservation Vote [ + ] = Pro-Conservation Vote

Inside you will find a vote chart that details and rates how legislators voted on bills, resolutions and amendments. You will also find descriptions of how those votes impact our land, water, air and wildlife.

Georgia Conservation Voters has been producing a similar scorecard every legislative session since 2003. It’s important for voters to know who is really taking action to hold polluters accountable and leave a healthy environment for future generations of Georgians.

Thank you for your contribution to GCV. Since it supports political activity, it is not tax-deductible.

For more information on Georgia Conservation Voters, check out www.gavoters.com It isn’t Just About Saving Trees and Clean Water... What We’re really Trying to do is 175 Trinity Avenue SW Atlanta GA 30303 (404) 522-8144 (404) 688-5912, fax e-mail us at: info@gavoters.com

Conserve a Way of life. When you sign up to receive emails from the Georgia Environmental Action Network, you’re helping make sure the environment we enjoy now is the same one your children and grandchildren will get to experience. Georgia Environmental Action Network www.protectgeorgia.net


GCV 07/08 Scorecard