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Legislative Scorecard

Since 1982, VCV has been keeping track of lawmakers’ votes on priority environmental issues.

After each legislative biennium, VCV publishes an Environmental Scorecard to highlight Vermont state legislators’ voting records on issues that impact the environment. These scorecards help provide voters with a clear record of who is voting in support of environmental priorities, and who isn’t.

VCV’s scorecard is one of the single most effective tools available to determine the true extent to which a candidate for office is committed to “green” public policy. In recent years, VCV has scored votes on clean energy, water quality, toxic chemicals, endangered species, healthy forests and working lands, and more.

VCV encourages voters to get in touch with their elected representatives to talk with them about their scorecard votes. Vermont’s citizen legislature works best when voters hold their legislators accountable.

Name District Party 2016 Score Lifetime Score
Diane Snelling Chittenden Republican 80% 86%
Dick McCormack Windsor Democratic 78% 94%
Alice W. Nitka Windsor Democratic 78% 75%
Becca Balint Windham Democratic 100% 100%
Jeanette K. White Windham Democratic 100% 94%
John F. Campbell Windsor Democratic 89% 92%
Anthony Pollina Washington Progressive
Democratic
100% 100%
Ann Cummings Washington Democratic 100% 95%
Bill Doyle Washington Republican 89% 77%
Brian Collamore Rutland Republican 22% 22%
Kevin Mullin Rutland Republican 78% 52%
Peg Flory Rutland Republican 22% 27%
Mark A. MacDonald Orange Democratic 89% 94%
Virginia “Ginny” Lyons Chittenden Democratic 100% 99%
Dick T Mazza Grand Isle/Chittenden Democratic 89% 77%
Helen Riehle Chittenden Republican 100% 100%
Norm McAllister Franklin Republican 0% 19%
Dustin Degree Franklin Republican 22% 22%
Richard Westman Lamoille Republican 78% 50%
Philip Baruth Chittenden Democratic 78% 86%
David Zuckerman Chittenden Progressive
Democratic
100% 91%
Michael Sirotkin Chittenden Democratic 100% 100%
Tim Ashe Chittenden Democratic
Progressive
89% 92%
Robert Starr Essex-Orleans Democratic 44% 41%
John Rodgers Essex-Orleans Democratic 33% 43%
Brian Campion Bennington Democratic 100% 100%
Jane Kitchel Caledonia Democratic 56% 69%
Joe Benning Caledonia Republican 33% 57%
Claire Ayer Addison Democratic 89% 94%
Christopher Bray Addison Democratic 89% 95%
Dick Sears Bennington Democratic 78% 74%
Name Town District Party 2016 Score Lifetime Score
Rebecca Ellis Bolton
Buels Gore
Huntington
Waterbury
Washington-chittenden Democratic 100% 96%
Laura Sibilia Readsboro
Searsburg
Stamford
Dover
Somerset
Wardsboro
Whitingham
Windham-bennington Independent 90% 90%
Timothy Briglin Strafford
Thetford
Norwich
Sharon
Windsor-orange-2 Democratic 100% 100%
James Masland Strafford
Thetford
Norwich
Sharon
Windsor-orange-2 Democratic 80% 97%
Sarah E. Buxton Tunbridge
Royalton
Windsor-orange-1 Democratic 80% 93%
Sandy Haas Pittsfield
Bethel
Rochester
Stockbridge
Windsor-rutland Progressive 100% 97%
Robert Forguites Springfield Windsor-3-2 Democratic 100% 100%
Teo Zagar Barnard
Hartford
Pomfret
Windsor-4-1 Democratic 100% 100%
Gabrielle Lucke Hartford Windsor-4-2 Democratic 100% 100%
Kevin Christie Hartford Windsor-4-2 Democratic 60% 87%
Alison H. Clarkson Plymouth
Reading
Woodstock
Windsor-5 Democratic 80% 94%
Leigh Dakin Andover
Baltimore
Chester
Springfield
Windsor-3-1 Democratic 80% 88%
Mark Huntley Cavendish
Weathersfield
Windsor-2 Democratic 70% 85%
Alice M. Emmons Springfield Windsor-3-2 Democratic 100% 98%
Ann Manwaring Halifax
Whitingham
Wilmington
Windham-6 Democratic 100% 88%
Oliver Olsen Winhall
Jamaica
Londonderry
Stratton
Weston
Windham-bennington-windsor Independent 70% 73%
John L. Bartholomew Hartland
West Windsor
Windsor
Windsor-1 Democratic 100% 100%
Donna Sweaney Hartland
West Windsor
Windsor
Windsor-1 Democratic 100% 99%
Tristan Toleno Brattleboro Windham-2-3 Democratic 100% 92%
Matthew Trieber Athens
Brookline
Grafton
Rockingham
Westminster
Windham
Windham-3 Democratic 90% 87%
Carolyn W. Partridge Athens
Brookline
Grafton
Rockingham
Westminster
Windham
Windham-3 Democratic 100% 88%
Michael Mrowicki Dummerston
Putney
Westminster
Windham-4 Democratic 90% 95%
David L. Deen Dummerston
Putney
Westminster
Windham-4 Democratic 100% 93%
Emily Long Marlboro
Newfane
Townshend
Windham-5 Democratic 90% 90%
Valerie A. Stuart Brattleboro Windham-2-1 Democratic 90% 97%
Maxine Grad Duxbury
Fayston
Moretown
Waitsfield
Warren
Washington-7 Democratic 100% 78%
Michael Hebert Guilford
Vernon
Windham-1 Republican 60% 59%
Thomas Stevens Bolton
Buels Gore
Huntington
Waterbury
Washington-chittenden Democratic 90% 98%
Theresa Wood Bolton
Buels Gore
Huntington
Waterbury
Washington-chittenden Democratic 100% 100%
Mollie S. Burke Brattleboro Windham-2-2 Progressive 90% 98%
Adam Greshin Duxbury
Fayston
Moretown
Waitsfield
Warren
Washington-7 Independent 80% 88%
Anthony Klein East Montpelier
Middlesex
Washington-5 Democratic 100% 91%
Mary S. Hooper Montpelier Washington-4 Democratic 100% 100%
Warren F. Kitzmiller Montpelier Washington-4 Democratic 90% 82%
Tommy Walz Barre Washington-3 Democratic 100% 100%
Paul N. Poirier Barre Washington-3 Independent 50% 73%
Janet Ancel Calais
Marshfield
Plainfield
Washington-6 Democratic 90% 96%
Robert LaClair Barre Washington-2 Republican 40% 40%
Francis McFaun Barre Washington-2 Republican 50% 58%
Patti J. Lewis Berlin
Northfield
Washington-1 Republican 30% 50%
Anne B. Donahue Berlin
Northfield
Washington-1 Republican 60% 59%
Dennis J. Devereux Mount Holly
Shrewsbury
Ludlow
Rutland-windsor-2 Republican 50% 42%
Douglas Gage Rutland Rutland-5-4 Republican 50% 42%
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman Rupert
Middletown Springs
Pawlet
Tinmouth
Wells
Rutland-bennington Progressive 100% 100%
Job Tate Chittenden
Killington
Mendon
Bridgewater
Rutland-windsor-1 Republican 10% 10%
Stephen Carr Brandon
Pittsford
Sudbury
Rutland-6 Democratic 100% 100%
Butch Shaw Brandon
Pittsford
Sudbury
Rutland-6 Republican 50% 52%
Herbert Russell Rutland Rutland-5-3 Democratic 90% 91%
Thomas Terenzini Rutland Rutland-4 Republican 20% 27%
William Canfield Castleton
Fair Haven
Hubbardton
West Haven
Rutland-3 Republican 60% 50%
Peter J. Fagan Rutland Rutland-5-1 Republican 60% 51%
Lawrence Cupoli Rutland Rutland-5-2 Republican 40% 45%
Mark Higley Eden
Jay
Lowell
Troy
Westfield
Orleans-lamoille Republican 20% 35%
Thomas Burditt Clarendon
Proctor
Tinmouth
Wallingford
West Rutland
Rutland-2 Republican 20% 22%
David Potter Clarendon
Proctor
Tinmouth
Wallingford
West Rutland
Rutland-2 Democratic 90% 88%
Robert Helm Castleton
Fair Haven
Hubbardton
West Haven
Rutland-3 Republican 50% 28%
Michael Marcotte Coventry
Irasburg
Newport
Troy
Orleans-2 Republican 50% 39%
Samuel Young Sheffield
Wheelock
Albany
Barton
Craftsbury
Glover
Greensboro
Orleans-caledonia Democratic 100% 81%
Gary Viens Coventry
Irasburg
Newport
Troy
Orleans-2 Republican 20% 20%
Vicki Strong Sheffield
Wheelock
Albany
Barton
Craftsbury
Glover
Greensboro
Orleans-caledonia Republican 20% 26%
Lynn Batchelor Brownington
Charleston
Derby
Holland
Morgan
Orleans-1 Republican 40% 43%
Loren Shaw Brownington
Charleston
Derby
Holland
Morgan
Orleans-1 Republican 20% 19%
Patsy French Granville
Braintree
Brookfield
Randolph
Roxbury
Orange-washington-addison Democratic 100% 96%
Patricia McCoy Ira
Poultney
Rutland-1 Republican 40% 40%
Charles Conquest Groton
Newbury
Topsham
Orange-caledonia Democratic 90% 93%
Marjorie Ryerson Granville
Braintree
Brookfield
Randolph
Roxbury
Orange-washington-addison Democratic 100% 100%
Shapleigh Smith Elmore
Morristown
Woodbury
Worcester
Lamoille-washington Democratic P 79%
Bernard Juskiewicz Cambridge
Waterville
Lamoille-3 Republican 80% 74%
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Bradford
Fairlee
West Fairlee
Orange-2 Democratic 100% 89%
Rodney Graham Chelsea
Corinth
Orange
Vershire
Washington
Williamstown
Orange-1 Republican 30% 30%
Mark Woodward Belvidere
Hyde Park
Johnson
Wolcott
Lamoille-2 Democratic 90% 77%
Susan Davis Chelsea
Corinth
Orange
Vershire
Washington
Williamstown
Orange-1 Progressive 80% 83%
Avram Patt Elmore
Morristown
Woodbury
Worcester
Lamoille-washington Democratic 100% 100%
Heidi E. Scheuermann Stowe Lamoille-1 Republican 60% 47%
Linda J. Martin Belvidere
Hyde Park
Johnson
Wolcott
Lamoille-2 Democratic 90% 92%
Larry Fiske Enosburg
Montgomery
Franklin-7 Republican 40% 40%
Mitzi Johnson Albergh
Grand Isle
Isle LaMotte
Milton
North Hero
South Hero
Grand_isle-chittenden Democratic 100% 92%
Robert Krebs Albergh
Grand Isle
Isle LaMotte
Milton
North Hero
South Hero
Grand_isle-chittenden Democratic 90% 90%
Daniel Connor Bakersfield
Fairfield
Fletcher
Franklin-6 Democratic 90% 79%
Marianna Gamache Sheldon
Swanton
Franklin-4 Republican 60% 60%
Albert Pearce Berkshire
Franklin
Highgate
Richford
Franklin-5 Republican 70% 50%
Steve Beyor Berkshire
Franklin
Highgate
Richford
Franklin-5 Republican 60% 47%
Corey Parent St. Albans Franklin-3-1 Republican 40% 40%
Kathleen C. Keenan St. Albans Franklin-3-1 Democratic 90% 77%
Brian K. Savage Sheldon
Swanton
Franklin-4 Republican 60% 33%
Eileen Dickinson St. Albans Franklin-3-2 Republican 30% 22%
Carolyn Whitney Branagan Georgia Franklin-1 Republican 80% 46%
Paul Lefebvre Newark
Averill
Avery's Gore
Bloomfield
Brighton
Canaan
East Haven
Ferdinand
Lemington
Lewis
Norton
Warner's Grant
Warren's Gore
Westmore
Essex-caledonia-orleans Republican 60% 60%
Barbara Murphy Fairfax Franklin-2 Independent 60% 60%
Patrick Brennan Colchester Chittenden-9-2 Republican 50% 22%
Joey Purvis Colchester Chittenden-9-1 Republican 40% 40%
Maureen Dakin Colchester Chittenden-9-2 Democratic 80% 80%
Paul Dame Essex Chittenden-8-2 Republican 20% 20%
Constance Quimby Kirby
Brunswick
Concord
Granby
Guildhall
Lunenburg
Maidstone
Victory
Essex-caledonia Republican 10% 30%
James Condon Colchester Chittenden-9-1 Democratic 80% 54%
Robert Bancroft Essex
Westford
Chittenden-8-3 Republican 50% 50%
Timothy Jerman Essex Chittenden-8-2 Democratic 90% 95%
Debbie Evans Essex Chittenden-8-1 Democratic 80% 84%
Linda K. Myers Essex Chittenden-8-1 Republican 50% 44%
Ann Pugh South Burlington Chittenden-7-2 Democratic 90% 88%
Helen Head South Burlington Chittenden-7-3 Democratic 90% 94%
Maida Townsend South Burlington Chittenden-7-4 Democratic 100% 92%
Clement Bissonnette Burlington
Winooski
Chittenden-6-7 Democratic 100% 98%
Martin LaLonde South Burlington Chittenden-7-1 Democratic 100% 100%
Kesha K. Ram Burlington Chittenden-6-4 Democratic 100% 100%
Christopher Pearson Burlington Chittenden-6-4 Progressive 100% 100%
Johannah Donovan Burlington Chittenden-6-5 Democratic 90% 96%
Mary Sullivan Burlington Chittenden-6-5 Democratic 100% 100%
Diana Gonzalez Burlington
Winooski
Chittenden-6-7 Progressive 90% 90%
Barbara Rachelson Burlington Chittenden-6-6 Democratic 70% 85%
Jill Krowinski Burlington Chittenden-6-3 Democratic 100% 100%
Jean O’Sullivan Burlington Chittenden-6-2 Democratic 70% 78%
Joanna Cole Burlington Chittenden-6-1 Democratic 100% 100%
Kurt Wright Burlington Chittenden-6-1 Republican 80% 51%
Curt McCormack Burlington Chittenden-6-3 Democratic 90% 95%
Kathryn Webb Shelburne Chittenden-5-1 Democratic 100% 96%
Joan G. Lenes Shelburne
St. George
Chittenden-5-2 Democratic 100% 98%
Terence Macaig Williston Chittenden-2 Democratic 100% 100%
George W. Till Jericho
Underhill
Chittenden-3 Democratic 100% 93%
William J. Lippert Hinesburg Chittenden-4-2 Democratic 90% 85%
William Frank Jericho
Underhill
Chittenden-3 Democratic 80% 95%
Michael Yantachka Charlotte
Hinesburg
Chittenden-4-1 Democratic 100% 100%
James McCullough Williston Chittenden-2 Democratic 100% 98%
Donald Turner Milton Chittenden-10 Republican 20% 17%
Ronald E. Hubert Milton Chittenden-10 Republican 20% 16%
Anne Theresa O’Brien Richmond Chittenden-1 Democratic 50% 75%
Scott Beck St. Johnsbury Caledonia-3 Republican 60% 60%
Richard Lawrence Burke
Lyndon
Sutton
Caledonia-4 Republican 60% 36%
Janssen Willhoit St. Johnsbury Caledonia-3 Republican 50% 50%
Catherine Toll Danville
Peacham
Cabot
Caledonia-washington Democratic 90% 90%
Martha Feltus Burke
Lyndon
Sutton
Caledonia-4 Republican 80% 82%
Joseph Troiano Hardwick
Stannard
Walden
Caledonia-2 Democratic 100% 100%
Patricia Komline Dorset
Landgrove
Peru
Danby
Mount Tabor
Bennington-rutland Republican 50% 49%
Cynthia Browning Arlington
Manchester
Sandgate
Sunderland
Bennington-4 Democratic 60% 69%
Marcia Martel Barnet
Ryegate
Waterford
Caledonia-1 Republican 30% 30%
Alice Miller Glastenbury
Shaftsbury
Sunderland
Bennington-3 Democratic 90% 88%
Steven Berry Arlington
Manchester
Sandgate
Sunderland
Bennington-4 Democratic 80% 80%
Mary A. Morrissey Bennington Bennington-2-2 Republican 30% 28%
Fred Baser Bristol
Lincoln
Monkton
Starksboro
Addison-4 Republican 70% 70%
Timothy R. Corcoran Bennington Bennington-2-1 Democratic 90% 80%
William Botzow Pownal
Woodford
Bennington-1 Democratic 80% 93%
Rachael Fields Bennington Bennington-2-1 Democratic 80% 80%
Ruqaiyah Morris Bennington Bennington-2-2 Democratic 100% 100%
David Sharpe Bristol
Lincoln
Monkton
Starksboro
Addison-4 Democratic 100% 96%
Betty A. Nuovo Middlebury Addison-1 Democratic 90% 98%
Alyson Eastman Orwell
Shoreham
Whiting
Benson
Addison-rutland Independent 80% 80%
Warren Van Wyck Addison
Ferrisburgh
Panton
Vergennes
Waltham
Addison-3 Republican 30% 15%
Diane Lanpher Addison
Ferrisburgh
Panton
Vergennes
Waltham
Addison-3 Democratic 90% 90%
Harvey Smith Bridport
New Haven
Weybridge
Addison-5 Republican 50% 29%
Amy Sheldon Middlebury Addison-1 Democratic 100% 100%
Willem Jewett Cornwall
Goshen
Hancock
Leicester
Ripton
Salisbury
Addison-2 Democratic 90% 95%

House Bills

H.40 – Renewable Energy Standard Bill (3rd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill established a cutting-edge renewable portfolio standard that sets requirements for generating more of our energy from renewable sources, including community-scale renewables. It also created an innovative program, known as the “transformation tier,” that requires utilities to help customers save energy through efficiency measures, fuel switching, transportation efficiency programs, and more.

Status: Enacted; House vote 121-24.

H.40 – Amendment to Strip Renewable Energy Standard’s “Transformation Tier”

Pro-environment vote: NO

This amendment would have removed the section of the renewable energy standard bill that created the innovative and money-saving “transformation tier,” the tier that would require utilities 
to achieve reductions in energy use through efficiency measures and other programs to help Vermonters reduce fossil fuel use. This amendment was defeated in the House.

Status: Amendment failed; House vote 42-99.

H.4 – Ban on Microbeads (3rd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This legislation banned plastic microbeads from personal care products. These synthetic plastic beads are added to face washes, shampoos, soaps, and more. They also pollute our waterways and accumulate toxic chemicals that are then ingested by fish and introduced into the food chain. These microbeads can be replaced with safe, natural alternatives. H.4 passed the House unanimously but was never taken up in the Senate because related federal legislation was enacted in the interim.

Status: Passed House 140-0; no action in the Senate.

H.35 – Water Quality Bill (3rd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill established new requirements for major sources of water pollution, including farms, roads, and parking lots. It also authorized new enforcement tools, created a Clean Water Fund, and dedicated nearly $8 million per year in new revenue to cleanup efforts. Though success of this legislation will be determined by how strongly the new regulations are implemented and enforced, the bill creates an important opportunity to make meaningful progress toward cleaning up Lake Champlain and other waters across the state.

Status: Enacted; House vote 133-11.

H.35 – Amendment to Strip Funding from Water Quality Bill

Pro-environment vote: NO

This amendment to the Water Quality Bill removed language related to establishing new funding for water cleanup efforts – an increase to the property transfer tax – and instead attempted to dedicate money already allocated to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to water quality efforts. This amendment, had it passed, simply moved around existing revenue and would have created a budget shortfall.

Status: Amendment failed; House vote 40-100.

H.R.13 – Resolution on Divesting from Fossil Fuels

Pro-environment vote: YES

The House passed a resolution urging the State of Vermont to divest its pension investment portfolio from stocks that contain holdings in coal and stock in Exxon Mobil, in part because Exxon Mobil deliberately misled the public and its investors on the risks of global warming.  Further, the resolution was intended to acknowledge the urgency of climate change and that – since the planet must move off fossil fuels – investments in these energy sources pose a “stranded asset” risk.

Status: Passed; House vote 76-57.

H.552 – Critical Habitat for Vermont Endangered Species Bill (2nd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This legislation updated the state’s endangered and threatened species act to allow for better recovery planning and to authorize the designation of critical habitat. Overall, the bill added much-needed tools to better protect the state’s most vulnerable plant and animal species.

Status: Enacted (language added to H.570 in the Senate); House vote 111-26.

H.789 – Forest Integrity Bill (2nd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill encouraged better local and regional planning for intact, healthy forests and wildlife habitat. It added the goals of maintaining forest blocks and habitat connectivity to town and regional planning; took steps to maintain rural working lands; called for a study group to examine ways to help landowners plan for the long-term ownership of their forests; and created a committee to recommend potential revisions to Act 250 and municipal bylaws to protect contiguous areas of forestland from fragmentation and promote habitat connectivity.

Status: Enacted (language added to H.857 in the Senate); House vote 105-29.

S.230 – Renewable Energy Siting Bill (2nd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill took important steps forward in expanding the local and regional energy planning process to ensure the state is on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, while improving the ability of communities to plan for and influence energy siting decisions. S.230 also created incentives for solar projects located on rooftops, parking lots, landfills, and other places Vermonters have identified as areas where they would like to see renewable energy development occur.

Status: Enacted (then vetoed by the Governor; “clarified” bill, S.260, enacted in its place); House vote 142-0.

S.260 – “Clarified” Renewable Energy Siting Bill (rules suspension to take up the bill)

Pro-environment vote: YES

The Governor vetoed S.230 due to concerns identified after its enactment that, as drafted, the temporary sound standard for wind projects in the bill was more stringent than the Legislature intended to adopt, and because $300,000 in funding for community energy planning was inadvertently left out of the bill. The House voted on whether to take up a revised version of the bill to fix these problematic provisions.

Status: Motion to suspend rules failed; House vote 79-52; but bill eventually taken up and enacted on a voice vote.

Senate Bills

H.40 – Renewable Energy Standard Bill (3rd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill established a cutting-edge renewable portfolio standard that sets requirements for generating more of our energy from renewable sources, including community-scale renewables. It also created an innovative program, known as the “transformation tier,” that requires utilities to help customers save energy through efficiency measures, fuel switching, transportation efficiency programs, and more.

Status: Enacted; Senate vote 22-6.

H.40 – Amendment on Energy Siting in Renewable Energy Standard

Pro-environment vote: NO

This amendment, related to siting renewable energy projects, would have made it much more difficult to advance well-sited solar and other renewable projects. It was offered in the final days of the legislative session without adequate vetting in the committee process. This amendment failed to pass. However, H.40 as enacted created a task force, environmental study, and other provisions to examine potential ways to improve the siting process for solar projects.

Status: Amendment failed; Senate vote 10-19.

H.35 – Water Quality Bill (3rd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill established new requirements for major sources of water pollution, including farms, roads, and parking lots. It also authorized new enforcement tools, created a Clean Water Fund, and dedicated nearly $8 million per year in new revenue to cleanup efforts. Though success of this legislation will be determined by how strongly the new regulations are implemented and enforced, the bill creates an important opportunity to make meaningful progress toward cleaning up Lake Champlain and other waters across the state.

Status: Enacted; Senate vote 27-2.

S.139 – Amendment to Strip
 Toxic-Free Families Act Improvements

Pro-environment vote: NO


This amendment removed language from a public health bill that sought to make improvements to the process
 for assessing and regulating toxic chemicals in children’s products, as established in the 2014 Toxic-Free Families Act (Act 188).

Status: Amendment passed; Senate vote 16-15.

S.R. 7 – Global Warming Resolution

Pro-environment vote: YES

This resolution acknowledged the threat posed by human-induced climate change, and Vermont’s commitment
 to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, including the need for Vermont to take steps now to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

Status: Resolution passed; Senate vote 25-5.

S.230 – Renewable Energy Siting Bill (2nd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill took important steps forward in expanding the local and regional energy planning process to ensure the state is on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, while improving the ability of communities to plan for and influence energy siting decisions. S.230 also created incentives for solar projects located on rooftops, parking lots, landfills, and other places Vermonters have identified as areas where they would like to see renewable energy development occur.

Status: Enacted (then vetoed by the Governor; “clarified” bill S.260 enacted in its place); Senate vote 25-3

S.230 – Amendment that Stripped Balance from Energy Siting Bill

Pro-environment vote: NO

This amendment would have removed the essential balance of the energy siting bill by giving towns veto authority over energy projects – projects that constitute a public good – rather than giving towns substantial deference through local planning as long as towns and regions are contributing to the state’s meeting its renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Status: Failed; Senate vote 6-19

S.230 – Veto Override of Energy Siting Bill

Pro-environment vote: NO

This vote sought to override the Governor’s veto of the energy siting bill, which was due to concerns identified after its enactment that, as drafted, the temporary sound standard for wind projects in the bill was more stringent than the Legislature intended to adopt, and because $300,000 in funding for community energy planning was inadvertently left out of the bill.  The veto override failed, and ultimately the “clarified” version of the bill was enacted.

Status: Failed; Senate vote 8-20

S.260 – “Clarified” Renewable Energy Siting Bill (2nd reading)

Pro-environment vote: YES

This bill simply reinstated S.230, but with revised language on several key provisions that more accurately reflected legislative intent. In particular, it clarified language related to wind sound standards and reinstated $300,000 in funding to support community energy planning.

Status: Enacted; Senate vote 27-2