Sen. Lawrence earns high marks for voting record on environment

Posted: August 04, 2020 | Senator Lawrence

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. This 2020 Environmental Scorecard, released last week, highlighted Sen. Lawrence for receiving a score of 100 percentin the 129th legislative session.

“I’m proud to have a strong record supporting the environment, because I care about the future of my children and the future of our state. Maine is becoming better and better at investing in renewable energy and clean energy jobs and at establishing goals to ensure that we can all enjoy Maine’s natural resources for years to come,” said Sen. Lawrence.

Sen. Lawrence has a long history of supporting initiatives to promote, protect and preserve Maine’s environment. As Chair of the Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee, he has advocated for policies to promote energy independence and stand up for consumer rights to have safe and affordable access to heat, electricity and gas, such as LD 1766, “An Act To Transform Maine’s Heat Pump Market To Advance Economic Security and Climate Objectives,” a law he sponsored last session. LD 1766 sets the goal that Maine install 100,000 heat pumps in the next five years, lowering costs for consumers and increasing energy independence.

The Environmental Scorecard, released last week, tracks how each member of the Maine Legislature votes on key environmental issues in an effort to hold elected officials accountable.  Sen. Lawrence who has a lifetime pro-environmental voting record of 88%, is a proven champion for Maine’s environment. 

“The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 have forced us all to reconsider many aspects of our lives and our society. Throughout it all, MCV is grateful for the leadership of lawmakers who are voting to accelerate Maine’s transition to a clean energy economy and deliver the environmental and public health results that communities across our state want and deserve,” said Beth Ahearn, Director of Government Affairs at MCV. 

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 that didn’t pass. All 21 Senate Democrats received perfect scores for their environmental record. MCV’s Scorecard can be viewed online at www.maineconservation.org/scores

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