State Rep Rita Mayfield Honored for 100% Pro-Environment Voting Record


(Springfield) The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its 2012 Environmental Scorecard this week. Representative Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) has been honored with a perfect voting record. A total of twelve state of Illinois House members received a perfect score for their voting record during the 2012 legislative session. "Representative Mayfield is a leader for the environment in Springfield," said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling.

The 2012 Environmental Scorecard included fourteen individual legislative measures. Notable among these bills was the inclusion of three efforts that have been considered by the General Assembly for multiple years, but passed in 2012. Bills to update the plumbing code for conservation (HB4496), to institute permit fees for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) (HB5642), and to ban BPA in children's food and beverage containers passed nearly unanimously this session (SB2950).

Three bills from the scorecard may be considered during the 2012 veto session:
- IEC opposed SB3442 which prohibits municipalities from regulating plastic bags through bans, fees, or takeback programs removing a community's ability to reduce plastic bag waste. The environmental community has requested a veto from the Governor on this bill.
- SB3766 boosts highly polluting technologies by providing financing of the Leucadia coal gasification facility on the southeast side of Chicago. IEC opposed this bill. The Governor vetoed this bill on August 10, 2012 and the environmental community will work to oppose any veto override efforts.
- SB1566 provides sustainable funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to protect our state parks and natural resources. This measure did not receive enough votes to pass. IEC will be working towards its adoption during veto session later this year.

"Representative Mayfield voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on fourteen pieces of key legislation," added Walling. "The IEC is honored by Representative Mayfield's dedication to Illinois' environment and we look forward to working together in the future."

IEC releases its scorecard following the conclusion of regularly scheduled legislative session. This is the first time the scorecard has been release since 2007.
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) is a non-partisan 37 year-old organization that promotes sound environmental laws and policies, provides a forum for environmentalists and facilitates a statewide activist network. IEC performs legislative advocacy and serves as the environmental community's eyes, ears and voice in Springfield.

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