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March 20, 2006

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SACRAMENTO – The Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) have recognized State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) for his 100% voting record on environmental issues in 2005. 

The Sierra Club announced that Simitian received a score of 100% on its annual legislative scorecard.  The Sierra Club used Simitian’s SB 426 as one of ten bills to grade lawmakers.  SB 426 establishes a comprehensive process for California to evaluate, rank, and permit proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. 

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) also acknowledged Simitian for his 100% support of environmental legislation.  Simitian’s SB 107 was one of 27 bills used to grade legislators on CLCV’s scorecard.  SB 107 accelerates the requirement for California to achieve a 20% renewable electricity portfolio by 2010 rather than 2017. 

“I’m gratified by the recognition from both of these groups,” said Simitian.  “We’ve made important headway on environmental issues this past year.  I plan to continue to legislate to protect our environment and our quality of life.”

Simitian added, “It’s important that we measure our quality of life not only by good schools and safe neighborhoods, but also by clean air, water and open space.”

In 2005, Simitian introduced a wide ranging package of environmental bills addressing air pollution, coastal protection, energy, hazardous materials and solid waste. 

Last fall, the Governor signed Simitian’s SB 771, a measure to protect California’s coast and ocean by prohibiting the rapidly growing commercial shipping industry from dumping harmful substances into California’s water and air. 

Simitian is the chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality and the Select Committee on Coastal Protection and Watershed Conservation.  He is also a member of two other committees that affect environmental policy:  Energy, Utilities and Communications; and Transportation and Housing. 


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