Sen. Lawrence earns high marks for pro-environment voting record

Posted: September 30, 2019 | Senator Lawrence

AUGUSTA — Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-Eliot, earned a perfect score from the Maine Conservation Voters for his votes to preserve Maine’s rich natural resources, invest in clean, renewable energy and protect the public from harmful chemicals.

“We’ve fought long and hard to make Maine a leader on pro-environmental and pro-renewable energy issues,” said Sen. Lawrence. “We can’t rely on the federal government if we want to make real change and protect our future. From achieving such positive results in the Legislature this past session, to Gov. Mills speaking at the U.N. and announcing Maine’s carbon neutrality by 2045 last week, I feel good about the direction Maine’s headed.”

Sen. Lawrence is the Chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. As Chair, he led the fight to set bold goals for Maine to invest in renewable energy and solar power. He sponsored law LD 1766, “An Act To Transform Maine’s Heat Pump Market To Advance Economic Security and Climate Objectives,” which sets the goal of installing 100,000 heat pumps in Maine by 2025. 

The Maine Conservation Voters scored six key initiatives debated by the legislature this year, including the Land for Maine’s Future Bond, which was the only initiative proposal on the scorecard that didn’t pass. All 21 Senate Democrats received perfect scores for their environmental record.

For more information about the votes scored, visit maineconservationvoters.org.