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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 06/25/2011

Virginia League of Conservation Voters grades lawmakers on environmental votes, giving gold stars to several Northern Virginians

It’s that time of the year for report cards, and so the Virginia League of Conservation Voters handed out grades Friday to state lawmakers for their performance on environmental issues during this year’s annual Virginia General Assembly session.

The grades are based on the percentage of times lawmakers voted favorably according to VALCV ’s environmental criteria. Among the subjects considered were votes taken on bills dealing with water quality, energy efficiency, land preservation and local planning and development.

Nine senators and 25 delegates — all Democrats, including several Northern Virginians — received perfect marks from the VALCV.

Among those with VALCV gold stars were Sens. Janet D. Howell, David W. Marsden, and Richard L. Saslaw, all from Fairfax; Dels. Robert H. Brink (Arlington), David L. Bulova (Fairfax), Adam P. Ebbin (Alexandria); David L. Englin (Alexandria); Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax); Charniele L. Herring (Alexandria); Patrick A. Hope (Arlington); Mark L. Keam (Fairfax); Kaye Kory (Fairfax); Kenneth R. Plum (Fairfax); James M. Scott (Fairfax); Mark D. Sickles (Fairfax); Scott A. Surovell (Fairfax); Luke E. Torian (Prince William); and Vivian Watts (Fairfax).

The VALCV was also happy to report that there were no complete flunkees according to its criteria, as no one earned less than 25 percent on its scorecard.

But several lawmakers — mostly Republicans, including several from Northern Virginia — may now be standing outside the VACLV’s door to discuss their low marks.

Among them were Dels. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), with 45 percent; Richard L. Anderson (R-Prince William), 36 percent; Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax) with 36 percent; Thomas A. “Tag” Greason (R-Loudoun), with 45 percent; Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) with 36 percent; Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), 45 percent; L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), 36 percent; Robert Marshall (R-Prince William), 45 percent; Joe T. May (R-Loudoun), with 45 percent; and Jackson Miller (R-Prince William), with 36 percent.

The group’s rankings also include a GPA of sorts that reflects their cumulative score since 2000 when VALCV was formed.

Overall, the Democratic-controlled Senate scored 74 percent, compared with 47 percent in 2000, while the GOP-dominated House earned a 61 percent score this year, compared with 51 percent 11 years ago.

The complete scorecard is here.

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