Progressive Maryland Releases Lawmaker Scores
Democrats representing Montgomery and Prince George's counties in the legislature top the list of "Heroes of working Families" of the 2009 legislative session released this morning by Progressive Maryland, a liberal advocacy group. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) made the list for the first time.
Sens. Jamie B. Raskin (Montgomery), David Harrington (Prince George's) and Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. (Montgomery) took the top three spots in the Senate, while Dels. Roger Manno (Montgomery), Cheryl D. Glenn (Baltimore) and Sheila E. Hixson (Montgomery) were the top three House members to make the list.
The legislative scorecard, compiled by the Progressive Maryland Education Fund, the group's research arm, assesses how each state lawmaker voted on nine bills of interest to working families during the 90-day session--and their general support for issues the group cares about.
Some of those bills include new regulations to crack down on workplace fraud (passed), re-regulation of Maryland's electricity markets (failed), stronger enforcement of prevailing wage laws (failed) and a requirement that contractors on big state public works projects participate in training for apprentices (passed).
House members scored better than senators, with 70 points out of 100 on average compared to 60. Miller
"Lawmakers are tugged in two directions," Sean Dobson, Progressive Maryland's executive director, said. "On one hand they're elected to represent regular voters. On the other hand, they can become captives of special interests" that thwart legislation to help blue-collar families.
Topping the list of "Champions of Special Interests" are Sen. Alex Mooney (R-Frederick) and Del. Richard Impallaria (R-Anne Arundel) in the House. All of the lawmakers on that list are Republicans.
While Miller made the Senate's "heroes" list for his support for voluntary public funding of campaigns, Progressive Maryland's top priority this year, House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel) missed the House list by a hair, with a score of 94 out of 100, Dobson said. The campaign finance bill did not pass. Miller got a 95.
June 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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