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Washington County lawmakers earn high marks in business advocacy group's scorecard

July 07, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com

Many Washington County lawmakers have earned high marks in a business advocacy group’s annual score card that grades state legislators on the basis of how they voted on certain key measures related to the economic environment during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly.

The Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a nonpartisan group, last week released its score card, which is based on 10 Senate votes and 12 House votes, including an effort to raise the minimum wage in the state and another bill related to offshore wind energy.

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, and Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, were among local lawmakers who earned a score of 100 percent. These delegates earned the same scores in 2012.

Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, received a score of 86 percent, while Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington, earned a score of 83 percent. Hough’s and Edwards’ scores dropped from 100 percent in 2012.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, each earned scores of 60 percent, while Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, earned a score of 40 percent. Shank’s score dropped from 100 percent in 2012, while Donoghue’s score rose from 45 percent and Young’s score rose from 38 percent.

“To determine an accurate picture of the Maryland legislature’s attitudes toward businesses, jobs, economic growth and investment in the state, MBRG’s 30-member State Advisory Council selects recorded votes from the last regular and special General Assembly’s sessions that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations and chambers of commerce,” according to an explanation of the report by the advocacy group.

Republicans tend to fare better in the group’s score card.

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters, a nonpartisan “political voice for the environment,” also releases an annual report card on state lawmakers.

That report is expected to be released in mid-July.

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