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Colorado Conservation Voters 2005 legislative scorecard

The good news is that, for the first time in decades, pro-conservation leadership controls both houses of the Colorado Legislature. But Colorado Conservation Voters, a consortium of environmental groups, notes that many of the pro-environmental measures introduced last year met their death under Gov. Bill Owens' veto pen. Owens, a Republican who is term-limited this November, refused to sign legislation protecting clean air, clean water, a secure energy future and rural and open spaces. Overall, Owens received a "D" on his environmental report card.

Report card: Gov. Bill Owens

A Wildlife

B- Water Conservation and Healthy Rivers

C Public lands

D Clean Air

D Open Space & Smart Growth

F Energy

F Protecting Rural Colorado

D Overall

Democratic Rep. Michael Merrifield scored a perfect 100 percent in voting on the side of the environment last year. The rest of El Paso County's legislative delegation, all Republicans, received low grades. Here are their scores. (The full report can be read online at

Voting scorecard:

El Paso County's delegation

Sen. Tom Wiens 55

Sen. Doug Lamborn 22

Sen. Ed Jones 9

Sen. Ron May 9

Sen. Andy McElhany 9

Rep. Michael Merrifield 100

Rep. Larry Liston 45

Rep. Lynn Hefley 36

Rep. Richard Decker 30

Rep. Keith King 27

Rep. Mark Cloer 20

Rep. Bill Cadman 10

Rep. David Schultheis 9

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