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Environmentalists grade legislators over air quality
Mar 26, 2014 | 2171 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Haze seen over the Salt Lake Valley on the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session -  Louie R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Haze seen over the Salt Lake Valley on the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session - Louie R. Shaw | Davis Clipper

BOUNTIFUL - Some Davis County legislators gave it their all in the fight for decent air quality in the State Legislative session that ended earlier this month.

Others, not so much.

So says a coalition of environmental groups that graded Utah legislators who served in the 2014 session and found while some legislators statewide and in Davis County supported bills aimed at improving the state’s abysmal air quality, others failed miserably.

The coalition unveiled their report card last week.

Two of the three Davis County senators, Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, and Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross received an A grade, with a 100 percent voting record on air quality bills.

Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, received a C grade, voting for clean air 79 percent of the time, the report said.

Senators were graded on 11 bills that faced committee votes and nine that had full floor votes, according to the groups’ report card. Senators were given two points for “yes” votes and one point for abstentions.

In the House, only Reps. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake and Jim Nielsen, R-Bountiful received A grades with a 100 percent record.

Rep.Roger Barrus, R- Centerville, received a B grade with 84 percent of the vote, while Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton and Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, also received B grades with an 82 percent clean air voting record each.

Rep. Stewart Barlow, Fruit Heights received a C grade with a 79 percent clean air voting record, Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Clinton, also received a C grade with a 71 percent voting record.

Both Reps. Brad Dee, R-South Weber, and Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, received D grades, with 65 and 68 percent record respectively.

Clearfield’s Republican Rep. Curt Oda received the lone F grade among Davis County legislators, with a 50 percent air quality voting record.

Representatives’ grades were based on 13 bills that faced both committee and full floor votes. They were given two points for yes votes and one point for abstentions.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert received a B grade, with Cherise Udell of Utah Moms for Clean Air, saying in a Facebook post, “Let’s give him a thanks for a huge improvement over previous years.”

Among bills dealing with air quality that passed the 2014 legislature include: SB 196 that prohibits permits for new medical waste incinerator; HB 154, that gives the Division of Air Quality funding for education and enforcement of wood burning laws; and HB 31 that cleaned up an number of pollution control tax incentives.


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