MDLCV assesses Governor Hogan’s environmental record during first 100 days

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Maryland League of Conservation Voters, which calls itself “the political voice for the environment,” has released a timely report assessing the environmental performance of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in his first 100 days (in essence, his first trip through the legislative session).

The report is thorough, but packed into a very readable seven pages of text. Beyond the introductory overview, the concise report addresses clean water, air quality, energy, public health, the budget, transparency, appointments and leadership on environmental issues.

It’s worth noting that, beyond the first 100 days, some important issues from the recent legislative session remain unresolved. Perhaps the prominent examples is that we are still waiting to see if Governor Hogan will sign the legislation that established new fracking rules.

The report offers a fair number of specific criticisms, but gives “Governor Hogan’s first 100 days mixed marks with the hope of working together for more positive marks over his four-year term.”


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April 30, 2015 marked 100 days in office for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. The first 100 days is an important indication of the tone, commitment and intent of any Administration on key issues. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) prepared this assessment of Governor Hogan’s environmental actions during the first 100 days of his Administration. As the Governor’s four-year term continues, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters will release regular report cards assessing his Administration’s environmental commitment and progress.

Read the full report here:

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The First 100 Days

Today Governor Hogan signed several important environmental bills passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session. We’re marking this key day by releasing a new report on the first 100 days of the Hogan Administration. The report gives mixed marks on a wide range of our environmental priorities. We give positive marks on issues such as phosphorus management tool regulations and environmental appointments, and negative marks for a power plant emissions law withdrawal and budget reductions for key agencies.

We are pleased to report that Governor Hogan’s first 100 days advanced environmental progress in Maryland in some important ways, but these past few months have also revealed ongoing questions about his leadership on issues that really matter to voters, like climate change, fracking, and cleaning up the Bay and local waterways. Also, we are very concerned that the Governor rolled back life-saving air pollution rules.

Despite these concerns, we feel that the Hogan Administration is open to discussion on issues we care about. We are hopeful about the future. As a candidate, Mr. Hogan suggested a theme of rolling back environmental protections — but his appointments and negotiations on a new rule to reduce agricultural pollution set a different stage. So we give Governor Hogan’s first 100 days mixed marks with the hope of working together to improve that assessment in the next four years.

As the Governor’s four-year term continues, Maryland League of Conservation Voters will release regular report cards assessing his Administration’s environmental commitment and progress.

As always, thank you for your support,

Karla Raettig
Executive Director
Maryland League of Conservation Voters


Read the full report here:

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