Four environmental groups want Pennsylvanians to remember their lawmakers'
votes on the new Marcellus Shale fee and regulatory measure.
Those organizations -- Conservation Voters of PA, Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club -- released a voting scorecard on Tuesday, which issued ratings to state lawmakers based on their votes on House Bill 1950, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed last month.
The document gave high marks to many Democrats, including perfect scores for 42 state representatives and 14 senators.
Republicans didn't score higher than a 54 percent among the handful of bill-related motions that the groups rated. Twenty out of the 30 Senate Republicans did not vote as the environmental activists preferred on any of the impact fee tallies under review.
Several Democrats also were scolded for their votes, including Sens. Tim Solobay of Canonsburg and John Wozniak of Cambria County, and state Rep. Peter Daley of California.
Solobay, who drew a 13 percent rating from the activists, responded that the groups are entitled to their own view of the new law: "I truly believe the positives will way outweigh any impacts."
The scorecard, available on each of the organizations' websites, is part of their election-year canvassing efforts. "We do believe that when voters go to the polls this fall, this is one of the most important issues that they need to consider," said Jeff Schmidt, director of the state's Sierra Club chapter.
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