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Group ranks environmental votes


The Maryland League of Conservation Voters released its annual legislative scorecard yesterday, and Democrats outscored Republicans on votes the environmental group considers important.

League officials said the disparity points up a "disturbing trend" toward partisan politics on environmental issues.

All 26 legislators who received 100 percent scores for votes on issues such as dredge-spoil dumping, electricity deregulation, traffic congestion, air pollution and sprawl were Democrats, and three of the four who scored 0 were Republicans.

The highest scores went to legislators from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, and the scores of legislators from Western Maryland, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore climbed, said Nancy Davis, chairwoman of the league's board of directors.

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