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Shaban: Pro-Environment Work Speaks For Itself

State Rep. John Shaban says his environmental record proves he's a friend to Mother Nature.

The that State Rep. John Shaban (R-135th), who represents , part of Redding and Easton, earned a score of 53 out of 100 on votes in 2012 concerning the environment. 

Shaban fired back last week, telling Patch that his voting record and pro-environment work speaks for itself and that he is indeed a friend to Mother Nature. Shaban said the advocacy group's metrics used to determine legislators' scores were questionable and they ignore the reasoning behind votes. 

“Unfortunately, some organizations look at issues with a simple black and white approach when, in fact, there are a thousand shades of gray,” Shaban said. “While the score is calculated by simple 'yes' or 'no' votes on particular bills as they move through the process, the score also ignores the reason for certain 'no' votes, as well as the work that people do to advance a particular cause.”  

As an example, Shaban pointed out his “no” vote on the recent GMO labeling bill—a CTLCV “scorecard” issue—but said he was a member of a task force to draft more thorough legislation to effect GMO labeling, something the advocacy group failed to take into account.   

“It’s a shame really,” Shaban said, “because devices like these scorecards can distract people who are actually trying to promote conservation. Bad policy or poorly written legislation does nothing to protect our environment.” 

Shaban, who is a member of the the Environment Committee, is an environmental attorney, according to Chris Fryxell, his press secretary. 

"In just his first term he has been named an Assistant Ranking Member of the Environment Committee," Fryxell said. "Last session, he supported the plan to improve and increase open space in Connecticut, water conservation and to reduce phosphorous in our water." 

Shaban reiterated his disdain for the advocacy group's metrics.

"You can't quantify a legislator's support for certain issues by shallow and simple snapshots," he said. "My constituents know that I will continue to support meaningful legislation that will protect and preserve our beautiful state."

 

Leon Karvelis July 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters does not grade legislators in a vacuum. Mr. Shaban's poor perfomance in the League's environmental assessment stands in very sharp contrast to other local legislators such as Sens. McKinney and Boucher who had much better scores when faced with the same issues. To their credit, they did not hide behind technicalities in their support for the environment. Nor did the overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats alike throughout the state who, on average, improved their environmental standings for 2012 vs. 2011. Instead, Mr. Shaban's abysmal failing grade declined over the two year period. As a League representative pointed out, when it comes to environmental issues, Mr. Shaban "is a problem". According to the League, he supported lifting the ban on the use of chemical pesticides on elementary and middle school sites, voted to oppose consumer labeling of genetically altered foods, opposed mattress recycling which would cost taxpayers nothing, voted to roll back our state's landmark environmental statutes, and failed to support the establishment of drug collection centers to protect our delicate watershed from improperly disposed pharmaceuticals. Based upon this record, Mr. Shaban's failing grade from the League is understandable, while the overwhelming majority of legislators of both parties who made the responsible choices in support of our environment are to be applauded. Leon Karvelis Candidate, 135th Assembly District
Elizabeth Jorgensen July 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM
If you want an easy way to score on the environment without double talk or rationalization choose the Democratic party. Overall we are the party that makes saving the enviornment (over short term profit issues driven by business lobbies) a priorty.
Susanne Krivit July 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Frankly, I am shocked to see Rep. Shaban's environmental voting record and I urge his constituents to look at the actual report as I did after reading this article. His poor record stands out among many, many excellent records across the state from both parties. I could only find two members of the state house who scored lower than Rep. Shaban. He has a lot of explaining to do to the voters.
Fredric Nalle December 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM
One does not need to be a politician in order to save the environment. We can do it in our own little way. We do not need to have a degree in engineering nor become an environment consultant to be able to do this. We can even start in our own homes. A little deed would definitely go a long way. http://www.bstiweb.com

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