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Thu September 6, 2012

Advocacy Group Releases Scorecard on Vermont Legislative Votes

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group has released its assessment of legislative votes over the past biennium.

The scorecard released by the advocacy group looks at votes on ten issues, including health care reform, clean energy and a fracking moratorium.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns says it represents a range of their priority issues over the past two years.

The scorecard assesses VPIRG-backed bills or resolutions.  VPIRG failed to make progress with a bottle bill, recycling and a standard offer program for renewable energy.  But Paul Burns says there were strong votes in favor of most of their priorities.

Grades for legislators’ votes on the VPIRG supported legislation ranged from 100 to 20 percent in the Senate, and 100 to 13 percent in the House.  Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Political Science Eric Davis found the results on this scorecard predictable .

Eric Davis does note that the VPIRG scorecard reviewed the major issues that faced legislators.

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