2008 California Environmental Scorecard


35th Annual Guide to Environmental Legislation and Votes for the 2008 Legislative Year

For nearly four decades, CLCV has rated each member of the California Legislature on key environmental votes of the session in the California Environmental Scorecard.

Read more about the 2008 legislative session in the 35th annual Scorecard: scroll down for the year in review, a snapshot of the numbers, and a search form to find out the scores of state legislators and the governor.

Year in Review

The Budget's Dark Shadow

From beginning to end, the 2008 legislative session was dominated by one factor: the state budget. The first budget passed by the legislature was two and a half months late, and it was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. The legislature seemed poised to override the veto, which would have forced a political and constitutional crisis. Both were averted, at least for the time being, when a teetering agreement was reached.

Yet in the midst of the state’s ever-deepening budget problems—which are by no means resolved and will likely be even worse next year—the California League of Conservation Voters enjoyed its greatest legislative victory in its 36-year history with the enactment of SB 375 (Steinberg).


Snapshot of the Numbers

Scorecard 2008 2007
Average of all Assemblymembers 61% 58%
Average Assembly Republican Score 14% 5%
Average Assembly Democrat Score 93% 94%
Perfect 100s 19 29
Average of all Senators 60% 59%
Average Senate Republican Score 12% 9%
Average Senate Democrat Score 90% 89%
Perfect 100s 9 11
Governor 60% 63%



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