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Legislature's conservation score sinks.

Byline: David Steves The Register-Guard

SALEM - The Legislature's Democratic majority saw its ratings slip this year for its environmental policies, according to a scorecard issued Tuesday by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

Scoring for the 11 Democratic lawmakers who represent portions of Lane County reflected the statewide trend. For all but two, Sens. Bill Morrisette of Springfield and Joanne Verger of Coos Bay, scores were lower for 2009 than for the 2007 session.

Eastern Lane County's state representative, House Majority Leader Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg, drew the largest session-to-session ratings drop for any lawmaker. His score fell from 55 percent in 2007 to 10 percent in 2009.

Jonathan Poisner, the league's executive director, said that despite the lower ratings among lawmakers, Oregon's environment was treated well by the Legislature.

"It was a pretty good session for the environment," he said. "It wasn't like 2007, where we came out saying `wow,' but in the end, the Legislature came out with a lot of bills that promoted environmental responsibility."

In this year's session, 26 legislators scored 25 percent or less. In 2007, nine did.

To see the report and look up individual lawmakers' scores, go to
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