HARTFORD- In their annual environmental scorecard the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters’ (CTLCV) gave State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) a score of eighty-eight percent for her environment votes during the 2012 legislative session.
“As a legislator and a citizen who always has worked to preserve our state’s fragile environment and to protect our open space areas, forests, wetlands and watercourses from inappropriate development,” Representative Carpino said.
Carpino scored a seven out of the eight with bills scored on the CTLCV scorecard. Carpino supported Senate Bill 343 because it helped streamline the land use permitting process for Connecticut and would have resulted in greater government efficiency and reduced costs to businesses. Her support of Senate Bill 343 was scored against her by CTLCV.
“I take pride in the fact that some of the bills CTLCV used as yardsticks to rate legislators on their commitment to protecting our state’s environment were measures that I supported,” Representative Carpino said.
Some of the bills selected by CTLCV included:
• Senate Bill 440 Phosphorus Reduction in Water, The bill requires Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to work with the towns in developing a state-wide strategy to reduce phosphorous loading in inland non-tidal waters in order to comply with Federal EPA standards.
• Senate Bill 88 Notice of Sewage Spills a measure requiring the state to provide the public notice of sewage spills from the many waste treatment facilities in our area which have the potential to impact the public and the environment.
Representative Carpino also supported other environmentally-friendly measures.
• Senate Bill 111 An Act Concerning the Penalty for Causing Harm to a Vulnerable User of a Public Way, which provides safety to pedestrians, cyclists, individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable users of public roadways.
• Senate Bill 347 requires the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to maintain an inventory of all open space lands in an effort to protect Connecticut’s water supply watershed and aquifer lands by preserving these lands as open space.