CT. League of Conservation Voters scores state legislators.

The legislative scorecard is in and the results are good, bad and ugly. According to the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, as many as 45 bills directly impacting air, water, energy, development, enforcement, open space, wildlife, sprawl, solid waste, toxins and transportation were raised during the 2001 legislative session. A majority of the bills held public hearings and were advocated by various environmental groups.

Initiatives that passed

Protection of 18,000 acres of Kelda Company Lands

Renewed funding for ongoing open space programs

Renewed funding for USGS Stream Gauging Stations

Creation of a Water Planning Council

Water diversion data collections

Nitrogen reduction in Long Island Sound

Aquaculture protection

Energy efficient roadway lighting

Environmentally preferable purchasing by the state

Lead poisoning prevention program

Asthma assessment and monitoring

Initiatives that failed

Farmland preservation funding

Soil and Water Conservation Districts funding

Long Island Sound research funding

Aerial survey funding

Non-Game Wildlife funding

Bottle Bill expansion

Mercury reduction

Toxins notification to consumers

Environmental Policy Act Revision

State plan for light pollution

Disposal of computers (lead pollution)

Fuel cell technology

Invasive Plants Council

Tree cutting permit guidelines

Moratorium on new incinerators

Ban of aerial spraying of agricultural pesticides

Energy efficient lighting program

Indoor environmental quality in schools

Reducing school bus emissions

Legislators scores

Sen. Joseph Crisco D - Woodbridge 57 (2001), 83 (2000)

Sen. Winthrop Smith R - Milford 75 (2001), 50 (2000)

Rep. Ray Collins R - West Haven 38 (2001), 71 (2000)

Rep. Themis Klarides R - Derby 63 (2001), 50 (2000)

Rep. Vickie Orsini-Nardello - Prospect 89 (2001, 100 (2000)

Bills rated

SB 900 to Ban Aerial Spraying of Pesticides. This would have ended aerial spraying of pesticides. It passed unanimously in the Environment Committee but died on the Senate calendar.

SB 1012 Nitrogen Removal in Long Island Sound. This will create new programs to assist sewage treatment plants. It passed.

SB 1030 Toxic Substance Notification. In a 12 to 13 vote in the Public Health Committee this bill would have required the manufacturer of a product to notify consumers if the product contained a known carcinogen or toxic substance.

SB 1038 Lead Action for Medicaid Primary Prevention. This bill created a pilot program aimed at reducing lead levels in children. This bill passed.

SB 1068 A Comprehensive Policy for Environmentally Preferred Purchases by State Agencies. This bill will promote state agencies' use of recycled products and products, services and practices that are less harmful to human health and the environment. It passed.

SB 1171 Asthma Assessment and Monitoring. An asthma assessment for all children before enrolling in public school and requires schools to report these findings to the Dept. of Public Health. This passed.

SB 1265 Indoor Environmental Quality in Schools. This would have required schools to identify problems with indoor air quality and provide the funding to address it. It was never called for a vote.

SB 1319 Establish a Water Planning Council. This bill, passed, will establish a task force to study the water resources and recommend state policies to safeguard the future drinking water supply, health of rivers, wetlands and aquifers.

SB 1399 School Bus Emissions. This bill failed but would have required school buses to adhere to the same standards as other similar vehicles.

HB 5449 Energy Efficient Roadway Lighting. This bill passed and requires municipalities to use current state policy for energy efficient lighting when new or replacement lights are installed.

HB 6198 Creation of a State Plan to Reduce Light Pollution. This bill failed but would have reduced the amount of light generated unnecessarily at night.

HB 6365 Clean Air Standards for Power Plants. This bill passed but was vetoed by the Governor. This was aimed at cleaning up the worst polluting power plants and would have set the highest air quality standards in the country.

HB 6687 Mercury Education and Reduction. This bill failed

HB 6956 Revision of Bottle Bill. This bill failed but would have expanded the state's current recycling program to include non-carbonated containers.

HB 6973 Moratorium on New Incinerators. This bill failed but would have extended the moratorium on the issuance of air pollution permits for new incinerators and certain industrial facilities.

HB 6999. Strengthening of the CT Environmental Policy Act. This failed but was an effort to stop the growing trend of legislators to exempt large state projects from core environmental laws.

HB 7000 Water Diversion Registrations. This passed and requires companies, municipalities and other entities that withdraw substantial amounts of water from wells or surface waters to provide the DEP with information about their water diversions.

HB 7505 Public Health Budget Implementation. This passed during Special Session. This defines some of the state's spending programs and policies.