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Arlington legislators get high scores from Va. Sierra Club

Members of the Arlington delegation to the General Assembly scored from a “B” all the way up to an “A-plus” in the recently released 2018 legislative scorecard of the Sierra Club’s Virginia affiliate.

Like many organizations all along the political spectrum, the Sierra Club chooses legislation of interest and then grades legislators according to their votes on it.

The issues evaluated include water quality, solar energy development, fracking, energy efficiency, flood protection, electric utility regulation and coal-ash cleanup.

“It is essential to focus on the decision makers close to home who are voting on state policies,” Corrina Beall, the legislative and political director of the Sierra Club Virginia chapter, said. “We cannot make strides in the environmental realm unless we hold our elected local officials accountable.”

Six of the seven-member Arlington delegation garnered 100-percent scores for the 2018 session. State Sens. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Janet Howell (D-32nd) and Dels. Patrick Hope (D-47th), Alfonso Lopez (D-49th), Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and Mark Levine (D-45th) voted with the organization’s position on each piece of legislation that they cast ballots on.

State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) voted with the environmental organization on 89 percent of pieces of tracked tracked legislation, equivalent to a grade of “B”.

The organization also released a five-year average score for legislators. Excepting Sullivan and Levine, who have not been in the General Assembly that long, the ratings were 98 percent for Lopez; 97 percent for Hope; 96 percent for Ebbin and Howell; and 93 percent for Favola.

The Virginia Sierra Club has approximately 20,000 members. The entire scorecard can be found at http://vasierra.club/ga2018.