Mason, Mullin lauded by environmental conservation group

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters has released it's 2017 General Assembly Conservation Scorecard, and Sen. Monty Mason scored the highest among area members of the General Assembly.

The report, released July 27, ranks legislators according to their recorded votes on environmental issues around Virginia.

Sen. Monty Mason, a Democrat, represents the 1st District State Senate.

He recieved a 100 percent score, meaning the league thinks he voted correctly on bills that included replacing the state's contaminated wells and establishing a Clean Power Plan for the state. Mason also received a 100 percent score following the 2016 legislative session

Del. Mike Mullin, who represents the 93rd District of Virginia, also received a 100 percent score from the league. Twenty eight of the 140 legislators earned a perfect score from the group this year.

Del. Brenda Pogge, a Republican representing the state's 96th district, recieved a 54 percent score this year, up from 22 percent last year.

Sen. Tommy Norment earned a 58 percent score, up from 57 percent last year.

"This year's scorecard makes one thing clear: at a time of unprecedented partisan attacks on the environment coming from our nation's capitol, lawmakers in Richmond can still come together to do the right thing for conservation," said Michael Town, executive director of Virginia LCV. "While we've made progress, Virginia's environmental challenges remain great. Legislators are beginning to listen to their constituents' deep concerns about water quality and land preservation, but fighting powerful corporate interests still remains an uphill battle at the capitol."

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